September 10, 2008

Activist Judge Spits in Face of Standing Law, Orders Adoption by Homosexual

Judge David Audlin of the Monroe County Circuit Cort has decided that a openly homosexual man may adopt a child for whom he has served as a foster parent.  In doing so, the Judge ruled that Florida's Adoption Statute, which prohibits adoption by homosexuals, is unconstitutional.  The order has not yet been released, but when it is you can be sure we'll have an analysis of it here.

The ruling is in complete contradiction to standing law.  Obviously, the ruling attempts to strike down a state law, created and passed by the legislature, the body we actually elect to make and redesign law.  However, the ruling also flies in the face of a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (which includes Florida) holding that the restriction against adoption by homosexuals in Florida's Adoption Statute is, in fact, constitutional.  The 11th Circuit's decision in  Lofton v. Secretary of the Dept. of Children and Family Service was handed down in 2004.  Clearly, this judge has a political agenda which he is advancing as his ruling flies in the face of well established law in our state.  Yet another judge who fancies himself as King.

(PEER Review tackled the issue of adoption by homosexuals in 2006)

The ruling also provides yet another example of the need for the Marriage Amendment.  The truth is that there is an activist agenda to force both homosexual adoption and homosexual marriage into law in this state.  The activists are acutely aware that it would be near impossible to force this change through the legislature, so they turn to their only available resource, activist judges.  Rather than allowing YOU to have a role in the democratic process by electing legislators with whom you agree, they seek to circumvent that process, eliminating the voice of the citizens of Florida completely.  By seeking such ruling through an activist judiciary they attempt to force a change in the law which is would not be passed otherwise.

That is their plan, again, for both adoption and marriage by homosexuals.  With a constitutional amendment solidifying marriage as one man and one woman we will eliminate this avenue of forcing law on our state by circumventing the democratic process.

The ruling also exposes one of the principle arguments of the opponents of the Marriage Amendment; that the amendment is unecessary as we already have a state statute which prohibits homosexual marriage.  The Florida statute prohibiting adoption by homosexuals didn't stop judge Audlin's ruling attempting to strike down the statute.  I guarantee that Florida's Defense of Marriage Act will face the same fate without the Florida Marriage Amendment.

I can predict that Judge Audlin's decision will be appealled to the Florida Appellate Courts, and probably to the Florida Supreme Court over the next couple years.  How those courts will rule, I can't even guess.  But if it is in line with standing law, they will uphold the statute.

In the meantime, each of us can do our party to preserve the traditional family by voting YES on the Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Amendment, in November.

November 08, 2007

Sarkozy Loves America, and Mr. G Loves Him Right Back

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and all those who voted him into office are radically changing the way I view the French.  Yesterday, Sarkozy spoke before Congress and summed up the American Spirit better than I've heard it from most of our own political leaders.  It does make me sad, however, to realize that this foreign dignitary understands what makes our nation great better than the liberals and democrats who actually live here.  This is a must read speech.  But here is my favorite part:

"America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who--with their hands, their intelligence and their heart--built the greatest nation in the world: "Come, and everything will be given to you." She said: "Come, and the only limits to what you'll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent." America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance.

Here, both the humblest and most illustrious citizens alike know that nothing is owed to them and that everything has to be earned. That's what constitutes the moral value of America. America did not teach men the idea of freedom; she taught them how to practice it."

At several points throughout the speech President Sarkozy was met with applause.  It struck me as odd that we had democrats applauding for Sarkozy preaching principles which they adamantly oppose.

Throughout the speech Sarkozy explained his love for America.  I gotta say, I'm impressed with his positions and his boldness, and I'm lovin him right back.

Finally, for 8 years we have heard about how President Bush has totally destroyed American goodwill abroad.  But doesn't it say something the France, of all places, has its president buddying up with Bush and spouting off how much he loves America to Congress?
 

 

Mr. G falls for it...

I, along with a number of other bloggers, and even Rush Limbaugh, apparently, fell for what has turned out to be a complete hoax.  A made up abstract published at the website of a fake science journal purports to explain global warming by monitoring bacteria emissions.  As I stated in the post, I can't claim to understand the research which formed the basis of the argument in the paper, which is now obvious as it was totally made up. It struck me as interesting and I brought it to you.

Did I quickly post a link to a site that seemed to agree with my own suspicions regarding global warming.  Yep.  Honestly, I can't guarantee it will be the last time.  With with literally thousands of outgoing links on this site, I can't promise that all of the information I link to will be correct.  So as always, I encourage you look at the research and make up your own mind.  We'll both come across bad info now and again, but together, hopefully we can make out what is true and what is not.  Thank you to those who informed me of that I had been mislead. 

I'll conclude with this, however.  The heart of my previous post dealt with the hostile environment surrounding the global warming debate.  Despite the the fact that the paper I used as the lead-in was false, it remains true that global warming advocates have a religious zeal about defending their beliefs on the subject and those who dare disagree are scorned (though, certainly, I or anyone else publishing made up research on purpose or accident should be scorned!).  As I've stated in the past, I claim no expertise on the science behind the debate, but when the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation announces, just a few months back, that livestock flatulence accounts for close to one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, I suggest there is room for doubt that we've got it all figured out.

I've left the original post below, feel free to read it for a laugh at my expense!

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September 17, 2007

Alan Keyes for President, Again... The Benefit and the Burden

On Friday Alan Keyes filed papers with the FEC to begin his candidacy for President and made an official announcement the same day.  This will be his third go at the presidency following his 1996 and 2000 campaigns.  As we've seen in his previous campaigns, there is a tangible benefit to his candidacy as seen through the positions he relentlessly advocates.  At the same time, his candidacies, which are inevitably doomed from the beginning, present a burden for Conservatives during the election.  Let's look at both:

The Burden

As I've mentioned on numerous occasions before, I am a HUGE Keyes fan.  There is currently no other candidate I would rather vote for than Alan Keyes.  He is a man of character, conviction and brilliance as well as a tremendous communicator.  That said, I won't vote for Alan Keyes, he won't win the primary (obviously) and I don't see any time in the foreseeable future in which Keyes will be in a position to win the White House.  As in the previous 8 years, he is simply not electable and because Conservatives are already fractured over who to vote for his candidacy creates a burden for Conservatives this cycle. 

Romney, Thompson, Huckabee, Brownback are all appealing options and no one has a lock on the Conservative base.  This causes a dire problem as it is and will continue to allow a more left leaning candidate such as Giuliani to win the primary.  I am a believer in the concept that Conservatives win elections with the 2004 election being the shining example of the theory.  This is not because Conservatives necessarily vote in larger masses than others, but because Conservatives energize the Republican party and candidates.  But this cannot happen when Conservatives are divided as they are now.  The Keyes candidacy will further fracture that base.  In all probability the level of support Keyes will gather will be negligible, but with as divided as Conservatives are now that little bit of support drawn away from another candidate will become critical.

But Keyes' candidacy is not all bad...

The Benefit

Keyes campaigns are always used a platform to encourage Conservatives and our nation as a whole to draw closer towards those principles our nation is founded on.  As an incredible mind and communicator Keyes is quickly able to cut to the core of the issues and focus our attentions on what is truly important.

For example, during his announcement Keyes explained that:

"he's "unmoved" by the lack of moral courage shown by the other candidates, among whom he sees no standout who articulates the "key kernel of truth that must, with courage, be presented to our people."

He added, "The one thing I've always been called to do is to raise the standard . . . of our allegiance to God and His authority that has been the foundation stone of our nation's life"--and he decried the lack of "forthright, clear, and clarion declaration" from the other candidates concerning this issue."

He's right on the money.  While so many of the candidates are attempting to tackle the surface of the problems our nation faces, Keyes cuts to the quick an erosion of our nation's allegiance to God and His authority.  But he can articulate these hard-line positions where others cannot or will not because Keyes doesn't have a chance at winning the election.  So expect a number of rousing speeches and articles from the Keyes campaign.  Listen to them.  Read them.  I guarantee they will be inspiring and influential on your views of this election.

So what do we do with all of this?  Does the benefit of Keyes' campaign outweigh the burden?  I'll let you decide, but I implore you to do two things:

1.  Listen to Alan Keyes as he uses his campaign to lay out a vision for the future of our nation because it will be both convicting and inspiring.  Start with an incredible series of articles he has prepared for this election cycle called The Crisis of the Republic.

2.  Don't vote for Alan Keyes.  He will not win the primary, or the election and a vote for him will only serve to further the chances of Giluiani during the primary.

September 16, 2007

It's Ok to lie about abortion

If you're pro-choice anyway.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that it’s OK to lie to women about the state of their pregnancy while they are deciding to have an abortion.

New Jersey’s supreme court has just decided that, as far as state law is concerned, an abortionist can give false information to a woman trying to decide whether to have an abortion.

Is there a “baby in there”? That’s what Rose Acuna wanted to know from her obstetrician-gynecologist. She was six to eight weeks along at the time. “Don’t be stupid. It’s only blood,” the physician, Sheldon Turkish, allegedly replied. (Turkish argues that he probably said, “It’s just tissue.”) So, three days later, Acuna went ahead with the abortion.

Turns out it wasn’t “just tissue.”

There's a few personal stories and additional information at Patterico's Pontifications.
 

September 11, 2007

Thoughts on 9/11 and 9/10

My coworkers and I gathered this morning to reflect on the events of 9/11 and say a word of prayer for those families who lost loved ones, for our troops and for our country.  It was a moving time of reflection and introspection.  However, as I continued about my day that somber feeling was intruded upon by irritation, then frustration, then outright anger over what took place yesterday in Washington, D.C.

Today as our nation remembers those lost on 9/11 and redoubles its prayers for our troops our country's spirit is tainted by those who have invested themselves in defeat.  What a shame to observe that just yesterday, on the eve of the this day when our nation remembers those we lost to the madness of Islamic extremists, elected Senators in our own Congress stood before a Senate committee and called one of our most decorated soldiers a liar before the man even said a word.  How dreadful that just yesterday an organization of our own citizens would pay to run an add in an American newspaper calling  our General on the front line  between us and those who wish to destroy us, a traitor.

While I can certainly understand the criticism of the War on Terror both in Iraq and elsewhere it is baffling to see these elected leaders so dedicated our defeat and willingness to campaign against, attack and disparage those who believe we can achieve victory in Iraq and that we can defeat terrorism.

As we recall today those emotions we felt years ago when the towers fell, let us not forget those who continue to stand between us and those who would destroy us.  Let us honor them, their selflessness and their mission.  And on this day of remembrance, let us trust in those whom we have charged with our defense when they tell us that we can win if we will maintain our determination and resolve.

August 02, 2007

Pay the Piper Baby

In August of last year, I ran a post here on NC's speaker of the house, Jim Black.  It seemed to me at the time that all negative publicity was directed only at those on the right.  In the article that accompanied that post, Black said he wasn't aware of any shenanigans going on.  Right.

His time has come.  The N&O in Raleigh, NC has been covering this story all week because ole Jim is on his way to the big house.  He's also got quite a fine to pay before December or he'll get more time. 

My only question is, "Who's next?"  Black is going to sing and heads will roll.  My guess is local lobbyist Don Beason.  Stay tuned.

June 12, 2007

Lindsay Lohan Viewed More Favorably Than democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid

What do Harry Reid, the ranking democrat leader in the US Senate and Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Nicole Richie have in common?

1.  All of them are on TV far too often.

2.  All of them are viewed favorably by less than 20% of the American public.

In a poll released by Rasmussen this past week we learned that Harry Reid is viewed favorably by only 19% of the American public.  That is half as much as Vice President Dick Cheney's 38% received in the same poll.  Few politicos have as low a favorable opinion rating as Reid.  Well, there is one other with the exact same rating as Reid; Scooter Libby.

Reid does have more company, just not in the political sphere.  A separate Rasmussen poll on favorable opinion ratings showed that Britney Spears came in at 13%,  Paris Hilton at 12%, Nicole Richie at 14% and Courtney love just 3 points shy of Senator Reid at 16%.  At least Reid is not alone in the "under 20% club."

What about rehab princess Lindsay Lohan?  Well, she actually beat Reid with a 20% favorable opinion rating.  This gives Reid something to shoot for, being liked by more people than Lindsey Lohan.

So why, seeing as most people don't care for Reid, should we pay attention to these numbers?  Because it is yet further evidence that the "Mandate" democrats have been claiming they have from the American people to push their agenda is bologna.  These numbers are, of course, easily manipulated.  We could use the "unfavorable opinion percentages" from the polls (Reid's is at 45%) to draw some different conclusions.  However,  what we can see is a trend in how  the average American views democrat leaders.

The current approval ratings for the "most open and honest congress ever" is hovering around 32% (thoughtthe LA Times just put it at a whopping 27%).  This is, on average, lower than President Bush's 33 % approval rating which we are reminded on a daily basis by the main stream media is really low.  The current Congress has approval ratings as low as the previous Republican Congress did just before the democrat victory in 2006.

For all the talk of their "mandate" and all of the talk of disapproval of Republicans by democrats it is nothing but entertaining to watch  as more and more Americans realize that democrats do not have the solutions to the problems our country faces today.  Maybe they should give Lindsay Lohan a shot at Reid's job?  More people like her anyways.

June 05, 2007

Who is the criminal - Libby or Jefferson?

I posted the below and had to make changes to it.  My apologies to anyone that read the original.

Perusing the net yesterday and today I noticed headlines at Fox News about both Libby and Jefferson.  I wondered then if those on the left had made mention of the two and pondered where best to check.  Since I planned to write this blog post covering both, I concentrated on what blog on the left I should check to see if they are "fair and balanced".  Although I rarely go there for obvious reasons, I thought that DailyKos would surely mention both with the readership that the blog enjoys.  Yes, I checked.  Kudos to Kos for airing both.

Libby was indicted on five charges and has been given 30 months for not remembering his conversations.  I know, some of you say there is more to it.  No, there really isn't.  The prosecutor went on a witch hunt hoping to get Cheney or Bush and couldn't because no one had done anything illegal.  The original investigation was about who leaked Plame's name.  They know who did because Richard Armitage admitted to it.  Still, Libby gets accused of lying and gets jail time while Armitage gets nothing.

Now, Jefferson.  Let me quote "A federal grand jury on Monday indicted Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on 16 charges relating to a long-running investigation into bribery, racketeering, obstruction of justice and money laundering."  He has been videotaped accepting bribes from the FBI and two of his associates have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with officials regarding Jefferson.

Anyone want to place bets on who gets more jail time or on who gets pardoned?

May 22, 2007

Why We Haven't Seen the Last of the Sales Tax

Much to my frustration the reports coming out of the pre-special session negotiations between the Florida House and Senate indicate that the sales tax idea is off the table.  Depending on who you ask, there are 3 or 4 current proposals, all centered on issuing a reduction on property taxes but differing on how and who to give those cuts to.  Any of the ideas is going to lead to cries of inequity from some group, and none of them will effectively and permanently end the property tax problem.  It may quell some of the discontent for now, but any of the current proposals will be a band-aid on a mortal wound.

And that is why we have not heard the end of the sales tax idea.

My guess is that within the next five years max, we are going to have another serious discussion about axing property taxes and moving to a sales tax because people will still be dissatisfied with the property tax system.  In fact, the push will be even stronger because we'll be able to see that the cut backs won't work on a permanent basis and more will realize that we need a fundamental change in our state tax structure.

So if you are like me, and are disappointed to see the discussions on the sales tax idea end in Tallahassee, fear not, because we'll be having them again soon.

May 18, 2007

In Life News: Human/Animal Hybrids and Planned Parenthood Hides the Sexual Abuse of Children

Two big stories on the Sanctity of Life front:

Human-Animal Hybrids

The UK government has overturned a ban on the creation of animal-human hybrids  and are pushing forward a law to permit the limited use of the same for medical research.  Article here.  The hybrids could not be grown for more than 3 weeks or implanted under the proposed policy.

When Conservatives made the slippery slope argument on issues like cloning and argue that our unwillingness to protect the sanctity of life will eventually lead to exactly what is being proposed we were called "alarmists."  Yet, here we are.

I'll take the argument to the next level.  If unchecked, the three week limit and limit on implantation in the UK will ultimately be done away with as well.

Planned Parenthood Hides the Sexual Abuse of Children

State laws requires the reporting of statutory rape by doctors and counselors.  This poses a problem for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood whose clients, if under the legal age, are de facto victims of statutory rape.  It has long been argued that these abortion providers, rather than consistently reporting look the other way and encourage the concealment of statutory rape.  One young woman in California had the boldness to go direct direct proof of this.  Lila Rose of The Advocate, a student newspaper at UCLA secretly video taped a consult with Planner Parenthood employees where she pretended to be a 15 year old girl.  How can one get around those pesky child abuse reporting laws?  One Planned Parenthood employee has the answer:

"You could say 16…well, just figure out a birth           date that works. And I don’t know anything."

Lila put the videos on Youtube and Planned Parenthood threatened to sue.  Lila took the videos down, but you know how these things spread online.

Ann and Mr. G on Rev. Falwell

With the passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell I've been dismayed to watch so many Conservative Christians attempt to "honor" him without doing something to indicate they agreed with Falwell on anything.  Meanwhile on the left, many are celebrating Falwell's passing and others, while not so quick to celebrate a man's death simply mock him.  That is why I'm thankful for folks like Ann Coulter who has the courage to say what so many others are afraid to say directly, or at all; Jerry Falwell was a great man.  As usual, Ann even takes it to the max:

"Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell."

Dr. Falwell has had a tremendous impact on not just our nation, but the globe through his help in reinvigorating the influence of evangelicals and Conservatives in the political sphere as well as through the impact of his biblical teachings and foundation of Liberty University.  While I never had the privilege of meeting the man in person, but I know many who have and have been forever bettered by the experience.

While the left continues to spew venom about how Falwell "hated this" and "hated that" I encourage you to remember the example he st for us in his relationship with sex industry mogul Larry Flynt.  Here was a man that had wronged Falwell to a degree that most of us will never experience.  Between the public humiliation Flynt doled out and the resulting multi-million dollar lawsuit if Falwell had reason to "hate" anyone, it was Larry Flynt.  But instead, Falwell made a friend from an enemy.  Here's what Flynt said upon Falwell's passing:

"I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends. He would visit me in California and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling."

I hope that we can all learn from the example that Falwell lived out; standing by principal, living out our convictions and doing so in love.  I'm with Ann and I mourn the passing of a man of incredible conviction and impact.

March 06, 2007

First Glance at the democrat Tax Cut

So the democrats are rolling out their own tax plan.  While I'm thrilled to see any democrat support a tax cut, I can't say I like their proposition.

One of the aspects of the sales tax that I like is that it is streamlined.  We've already got the sales tax system in place and it removes the bulky property tax system.  Less government is a good thing here.

But the democrat plan, well, can anyone guess how much government effort will need to be expended to make this plan work?

Granted, I've not seen the proposal, I've only read the Florida Newspaper's articles on the plan.  But let's be honest, most of those papers are under contract with the Florida democrat party to give beaming reviews of anything the party does.

Regardless, the very concepts being advanced by the democrats seem cumbersome.  For example, the idea that government will provide a subsidy for renters.  Not a bad idea in and of itself.  But are you telling me that Florida will now monitor all citizen's in the that are renting?  Likely, the plan would require renters to submit a form verifying that they rent their residence, but how large of a government department will we have to create to review and verify the submissions of every renter in the state?

It seems like a ton of extra government and red tape for minimal relief.

At first glance, to me, the plan looks like an attempt to put a band-aid on a mortal wound.  Rather than providing real relief it gives some folks enough money to feel like somebody in government cares and doesn't solve the growing property tax problem.

I have my concerns with the sales tax as well, but I'll take a fair distribution tax cut like the sales tax over the targeted, short-sighted plan put out by the democrats any day.

March 05, 2007

The Missing Links in the Sales Tax Proposal

As I've said before, what I have seen so far of the sales tax, I like, though I am not completely sold.  Most of the arguments against the sales tax are sheer rhetoric and lack any real analysis of the effect of the plan.  But the plan is certainly not without flaws.  The result is that both the democrat and Republican advocates on either side of this issue are missing a key element in their support or opposition to the sales tax concept:

What the democrats are Missing: The Numbers
While the democrats stepped up their whining this week about how apartment dwellers will not enjoy the fruits of the sales tax proposal, I've not heard a single one acknowledge the fact that apartment complexes pay property taxes and a cut can be passed on to renters resulting in lower rent.  Still think that renters will get hurt despite this fact?  Fine, show us the numbers.  Show us the average a renter pays towards the property taxes of their complex.  Show us how that number is lower than what those people would pay under the sales tax increase.  From the numbers I've seen, it looks like renters (except those spending so much they could not possibly be considered "poor") will ultimately be able to keep more of their money as well.  But the numbers I've seen may be wrong.  If that is the case, show us.

In the meantime, the accusations that the tax will hurt renters doesn't hold water as the numbers Republicans have published show that renters stand to benefit just like everyone else. 

As a renter myself, I appreciate the sentiment that you are trying to look out for me, but the sheer speculation on your side of this issue is not helping anyone.  And if you are able to shoot down a proposal that could have allowed me to keep more of my money it will be you that is hurting renters like me.

What Republicans are Missing:  Guarantee of Lower Rent
I believe in the market just as much as the next guy.  I believe that if property taxes are reduced and apartment complexes are able to offer rent at a lower rate they will do so to remain competitive.  However, I also understand that this will likely take time.  The result is that some landlords might not cut rent at all at first, or might cut at a lower rate than they could.  This means that there could be a period where the democrats are right, renters would get hit hard.  You know how much I hate democrats being right (though it is so infrequent I rarely have to worry about it) so we need a strategy.  We need a way to guarantee that under the sales tax plan the savings on property taxes enjoyed by landlords would be passed down to renters.  This could be done through a system which requires landlords, in order to receive the tax break, must demonstrate that they are reducing their rent at a rate equivalent to the reduction in property taxes.  Apartment complexes will necessarily follow through with this because it will allow lower rent, keeping them competitive, while not affecting their profit margin.

The Republican leadership needs a mechanism like this in their plan to neutralize the argument that renters will suffer under the sales tax.  So far, this is the one hole I've seen in the plan.  Fortunately, it is one which can be easily plugged.

There are many people out there, like me, who still have not made up their mind about the sales tax idea.  Either side has the opportunity to win us over by providing the missing link in their argument, but I have a feeling that if the Republican leadership is able to fix their side of the issue, the democrat opposition will be left without a leg to stand on.

February 26, 2007

Why I'm Not Sad About Cutting County Tax Revenue

While liberals all around the state are crying over the very thought of cutting county budgets, Blog-Stew addresses the very reason I'm not terribly torn up over the idea; silly, unnecessary spending.

When it comes down to a question of whether we can pay firefighters and police officers I'll start worrying.  But when we're looking at cutting tax breaks on $25,000 bird statues in downtown Orlando I have a hard time getting worked up.

Any other Orlando residents remember the frustration over the "tower of light" going up in front of city hall several years back?

February 25, 2007

Sales Tax - First Round of Numbers

Speaker Rubio's office sent us the numbers on the sales tax proposals. They got lost in our email for a few days, so I know the numbers are out there already, but it's nice to feel the love.  We share that love with you.

The top half includes the averages.  For county specific amounts, take a gander at the full release here:

Download Property-Tax-Plan.pdf

Statewide Savings for Property Owners Under House Property Tax Relief Plan

Statewide Savings This Year

$5.77 Billion Total                                                     19% Total Savings

Average Taxpayer Savings
Homestead Property Owner:                                         $433
Non-Homestead Residential Property Owner:                 $767
Commercial Property Owner:                                         $3,353

Statewide Savings Upon Passage of Constitutional Amendment

$13.55 Billion Total Property Tax Reduction
$7.78 Billion in Sales Tax Replacement
$5.77 Billion in Total Tax Savings

Average Taxpayer Savings
Homestead Property Owner:                                         $2,283
Non-Homestead Residential Property Owner:                 $767
Commercial Property Owner:                                         $3,353

February 21, 2007

Religious Freedom Under Attack in Florida

Two examples of religious freedom being quashed in our own state:

Case 1:  International Outreach Center and Worldwide Agape Ministries v. Miami-Dade County

The International Outreach Center (IOC) and Worldwide Agape Ministries (WAM) are small religious organizations which hold services for their members in Miami-Dade County.  Both groups are being told by the county that in order to continue meeting, they must procure 2.5 acres within designated areas of the county on which to hold their services pursuant to Code Section 33-18(d).  Yes, all churches in Miami-Dade County are required to have a property of at least 2.5 acres on which they meet.  This presents a problem to groups like WAM which only has 10 members and meets in the home of one of their members.  It also poses a problem for groups like IOC which have been on their current property for over 10 years.

Now, I you can have 20 people over to your house to watch the Miami Hurricanes get trounced by the Seminoles in College Football in Miami-Dade County, but if it is a religious group that wants to meet, the county requires them to have special property.  In fact, according to the county, even if the group has only 2-3 members, they must still have 2.5 acres of property to meet on.  Oh, and that property can only be in certain zones.

The county's zoning code on this matter is not only just plain ridiculous, but also discriminatory.  Church groups should be free to meet in private residences, and should not be subject to arbitrary acreage and location requirements not imposed upon any other civic group.

You can see the Complaint filed against the County on behalf of IOC and WAM here.

Case 2:  State of Florida v. Simpson and State of Florida v. Mirto

These cases involve to delinquents who had the audacity to hand out bibles on a public sidewalk near a school in Plantation Key, Florida.  The principal of the school called the police who came and instructed the men to leave.  Simpson and Mirto began to comply, packing their things to leave.  The officer on the scene then decided to arrest the men before they could leave for a violation of Florida Statutes Section 810.097 which prohibits trespassing on school property.  Apparently, the police report states that the men were on school property, rather than the sidewalk.

Isn't it good to know that government is out there protecting us from churches with less than 2.5 acres of property and men handing out bibles?

February 20, 2007

Survival of Florida Baby Shows Need For Change in Abortion Laws

On October 24, 2006 Amillia Sonja Taylor was born in Miami, Florida.  Born only 21 weeks after conception she was 9.5 inches and 10 ounces.   She is the world's most premature baby to survive outside of the womb.  Today she is going home with her parents.  (articles here and here)

It is a wonderful story and gives reason to celebrate, and also to consider the scope of abortion laws in our country.  It is estimated that 18,000 babies over 21 weeks into the gestational period are aborted (statistics here and here).   The central argument of abortion advocates, and the current status of the law, is that unborn children are not alive, or human, until a certain point at which we can determine that they can survive outside of the womb.

We now have proof that babies at only 21 weeks can survive outside of the womb indefinitely.  They are alive.  They are human.  There is no plausible argument to suggest that the law should not be modified to reflect this fact.  Abortions past 21 weeks gestation should be made illegal.

February 05, 2007

GW Deniers

Apparently, critics of Global Warming are now being referred to as "deniers" in an effort to discredit them by equating them with Holocaust deniers. It's too bad, and ironic. The efforts of GW activist will likely create, in effect, a disaster of global scale perpetrated on the poor people of this planet who will be denied cheap energy to develop industry, business, economic development, and sustainable economies to grow their countries, establish financial independence, and feed their children the necessities of life, like McDonald's french fries. Better, I guess, to keep them dependent on UN rice bags for survival.

Who are these deniers anyway? What are they saying? Are they right-wing extremist trying to suppress overwhelming evidence of GW?

As an impetuous chemistry undergrad I once bought into the GW  "science" hook, line and sinker. I was dazzled by the findings of scientist who, I thought, were doing amazing work. The truth is I was amazed by the results and lacked the skills to dig deeper. Now that I'm older, and more learned, I'm less dazzled by results and more impressed by strong statistical findings of theory based research that employs sound methods.

But you don't need a chemistry degree to wonder about science or a Ph.D. to raise a question about methods; most people have good intuition about questionable claims of fact. If you've every read a political poll and thought it unlikely that 100 people can represent the views of 7 million on any given policy topic, then you, my friend, are exactly like me. Sometimes a small sample poll can, in fact, do such a thing; depending on the methods employed and the validity of the analysis 100 people can tell you a great deal about 7 million or 70 million. Who among us is qualified to assess such a thing?

I certainly don't think I am overtly qualified to make a case for an alternative causal theory to emissions-based-GW. But, I detest the elitist attitude that I am under-qualified to ask questions and have suspicions. How many political candidates would have given up if they accepted what the political polls told them early in a race?

For those interested in thoughtful dissent grounded in science, here is a series of stories in the Canadian National Post on GW and it's critics. You will find thoughtful criticism throughout and brief CV (resume) highlights concluding each piece.

Statistics needed -- The Deniers Part I
Warming is real -- and has benefits -- The Deniers Part II
The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science -- The Deniers Part III
Polar scientists on thin ice -- The Deniers Part IV

The original denier: into the cold -- The Deniers Part V
The sun moves climate change -- The Deniers Part VI
Will the sun cool us? -- The Deniers Part VII
The limits of predictability -- The Deniers Part VIII
Look to Mars for the truth on global warming -- The Deniers Part IX
Limited role for C02 -- the Deniers Part X

The Real Deal?

February 01, 2007

Teddy Roosevelt on being American

Quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Discuss among yourselves -

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.

January 26, 2007

Abortion Clinic Throws Away Live Baby In Miami-Dade County

"The staff began screaming that the baby was alive; at which time [name redacted*] cut the umbilical cord, threw it into a red bag with black printing. [Name redacted*] then swept the baby, with her hands, into the same red bag along with the gauze used during the procedure."

This was the scene at an abortion clinic in Miami-Dade County on July 20, 2006 when a young lady awaiting an abortion procedure gave birth before the “physician” administering the procedure arrived. Witnesses at the clinic, including the mother saw the baby breathing and moving before it was shoveled into what is essentially a trash bag and carried away. The autopsy report with the details can be viewed here.

This story is getting some fresh air this week as a funeral which was planned for the baby has been pushed back while the State continues to hold the body during the investigation against the clinic.

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January 18, 2007

Rep. Feeney Leads Charge Against Social Security for Illegal Aliens

Our own Rep. Tom Feeney from Florida's 24th District is leading the charge against the US-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement.  The Agreement, which does not require any support from Congress as a treaty, would provide full social security benefits to immigrants currently in the country illegally should they later receive legal status.  The new burdens this places on the already dying social security system will only serve to usher the program to bankruptcy faster than it is already.

Today Human Events released an article by Rep. Feeney addressing the agreement.  It gives you all the details you need to know and the way it can be stopped.

January 12, 2007

democrat Exceptions to the Minimum Wage Bill

I'm starting to wonder if the democrats are going to break every campaign promise they made within the "first hundred hours."  There is a great article in the Washington Times today about the democrat hypocrisy on the minimum wage bill.

The story is this:  democrats campaign on the promise of open and honest government.  democrats pass a minimum wage bill.  Republicans are now finding out that the minimum wage requirement will not apply to a major company in Speaker Pelosi's on district.  How convenient.

The bill will also not apply to American Samoa.  Now, I'm not really wound up about this exception.  What bothers me though is that Republicans, even those who voted in favor of the bill appear to have not been aware of the exceptions.  This is the result of the democrats new closed door drafting and no debate policy on legislation; we have legislators voting on legislation when they don't understand the full extent of that legislation.  Doesn't that make you feel secure about what's going on in D.C.?

It is a disgrace.  It is a disgrace that democrats push this national minimum wage increase and then companies in the democrat Speaker's own district are exempted.  It is a disgrace that democrat leadership is forcing votes on legislation that has not been fully discussed.  It is a disgrace that representatives, both democrat and Republican, are voting on legislation when they don't understand the full application of the bills.  It is a disgrace that Republican leadership is not fighting the new foolish method of governing in the house.  And it is a disgrace that the main stream media isn't picking up on any of this.

January 11, 2007

Religious Freedom Day

Today President Bush by proclamation declared January 16, 2007 Religious Freedom Day.  What does that mean?  It means the President has called on you to "reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve this freedom for future generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate events and activities in their schools, places of worship, neighborhoods, and homes."

I think we can all agree that religious freedom is one of those foundational rights that makes this nation great.  I hope you will join with me on the 16th and reflect on the many blessings that stem from the protection of our faith that this country offers.  On the 16th PEER Review Florida will also feature a special set of posts examining the current state of religious freedom in America.

VETO ALERT: House Passes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill

President Bush will have the chance to veto his first bill from the democrat House very soon.  This afternoon the House of Representatives passed HR 3 which directs that the federal government should "conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells" (regardless of the date  in which the cells were derived from a human embryo).    It is discouraging that anyone would support such an abomination that destroys human life at the very earliest of stages.  It is even more troubling that 37 Republicans voted in favor of the bill.  The list is here.  The legislation is here.

Today the president promised to veto the bill when it hits his desk.  This will be the second time he has done so.  A similar bill passed in the House last year and was vetoed by the President.

While the bill could surmount a presidential veto it would require a two-thirds vote in the House, more than 290 votes.  As the bill passed with only 253 votes it is unlikely that such a veto will be overridden. 

Republicans and Minimum Wage

I try not to let myself be surprised by democrats anymore.  But I find myself being shocked by Republicans more and more as of late.  For example, we all heard about the democrat minimum wage increase being passed.  No surprise there.  However, I was floored to learn that 82 House Republicans voted for the measure as well, including a good number from our own state.  See the full list here.

It is going to be a really long two years if we have that many Republicans in the House that are willing to go along with the half-brained economic agenda the democrats are pushing.

January 09, 2007

The End of Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

Conservatives are buzzing about the new development in stem cell research; it seems stem cells taken from amniotic fluid, rather than live embryos, may have much of the same alleged potential as embryonic stem cells (I say "alleged" because based on what I've read I'm not convinced that embryonic stem cell research has the potential many advocate it does).  The excitement comes from the idea that we might have source of stem cells that doesn't kill babies.  But before you get too jazzed about this, I'd like to post an adaptation of what was my first post here at PEER Review on this very subject.  My first post came on the heels of a study from the University of Louisville which found that adult stem cells could be manipulated into other stem cells thereby negating the need for embryonic stem cells.  I gave a word of caution to Conservatives then that I give now:  Even if there is a breakthrough that conclusively negates the need for experiment on embryonic stem cells, there will still be a push by the left to continue down that path.  I base this on the world-view that we take from biblical scripture.

I try not to get too preachy here at PEER Review, and normally I try to leave my religious beliefs out of political discussions because religious arguments don't fly with non-religious people.  But this one is for all of you Bible-thumpin' believers out there.  So at the risk of alienating many of our liberal readers, I present my "One True Conspiracy" theory.

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January 06, 2007

The Brave New World of designer people

The Abraham Center of Life, LLC of San Antonio is about to become the first company to make designer embryos commercially available.

According to an article in today's Washington Post, customers can order specific embryos after reviewing, "detailed information about the race, education, appearance, personality and other characteristics of the egg and sperm donors".

No uproar from the left as yet. Just wait until customers can breed out whatever aspects are determined to cause homosexuality.

They might even see that a bigger societal problem than Wal-Mart.

[Washington Post]

January 04, 2007

Feeney Pays Treasury for Trip and Liberal Sharks Come Out to Feed

Even a the possibility of impropriety by a Republican and the liberal sharks come out to feed; St. Pete Times:  Feeney's Scotland jaunt broke rules; Miami Herald:  Lobbyist's largesse costs congressman.

The short story is that Rep. Tom Feeney has agree to pay $5,643 to the US Treasury for a trip he took to Scotland which Feeney believed was paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research but may have been paid for by Jack Abramoff.  If you read the review at FLA Politics, you'd think Rep. Tom Feeney had gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  But if you take the time to read the statement by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for the House you'll notice that there is much more to the story.

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A Thought on democrat Take Over

Today in  media outlets from the blogosphere to AM radio to television conservatives are mourning the loss of the Congress to the democrats as the new leadership is sworn in.

I submit the following for your consideration.

The day we should mourn is the day that our Republican leadership stepped away from Conservative principles of government, not the day in which we realize the consequences of such action.

January 03, 2007

A Disenfranchised Republican's Reaction to President Bush's Op-Ed Piece

Whenever I express my frustrations with the Bush administration here I almost always get yelled at as a result.  Normally in email form, often in person.

So let me start my tirade with this:  I like President Bush.  I admire many of his accomplishments while in office.  I admire his character.  If I could go back in time knowing what I know now, given all the options available at the time, I still would have voted for him.  However, his time in office has been far less productive than I hoped or expected.  I've been continually aggravated as his has passed opportunity after opportunity to advance the cause of Conservatism, both fiscal and social.

Which is why his article in the Wall Street Journal today just mad me mad.  Here we have a man calling on democrats to adhere to those theories of government which he has been unwilling to stand for himself over the last six years.

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January 02, 2007

Massachusetts Legislature Reconsiders Position on Marriage Amendment, Twice

Today, on the last day of the Massachusetts Legislative Session, Legislators apparently decided that the blatant disregard for the Massachusetts Constitution's provisions on amendments was too much, even for them.  Earlier today the Legislature took a vote on whether to allow the state's marriage amendment to proceed.  By a vote of 61 to 132 they decided that it would (the amendment needed only 50 votes to move to the next phase.

But that didn't fly with liberal members of the legislature.  They called for reconsideration and by a vote of 117 to 75, they got it.  They reconsidered the amendment,and it then passed with 62, one more vote than before.

This reconsideration process could continue to repeat itself.  But the session ends today, so by tomorrow we will know if the amendment will proceed.

If it does, it must be considered and approved yet again in the next session before it can go on the 2008 ballot.

Does anyone else find it odd that liberals, who constantly scream about free speech and demand that others "open their minds" to accept and praise the views of others are advocating so hard to prevent this issue from going on the ballot to allow voters to explore the merits of each side and make a decision for themselves?

Incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman "Accepts Responsibility" for Ethics Violations

Three years after the initial allegations came forward, Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) has finally "accepted responsibility" for his actions which constituted a violation of House ethics rules.  The most interesting part of the whole story, though, is the fact that this has gotten next to no attention in the MSM.  It is not really surprising, but as always I must point out that if and when a Republican essentially admitted to ethics violations this would be front page news.  If it was the incoming chair of the most powerful committee in the house, we would hear about it for weeks on end and there would be a call for the Representative to resign, to apologize and a demand that the entire administration resign.  But this is a democrat, so it has gone unnoticed.

Now I don't suggest that this should have gotten that much attention or that it should have been met with more scorn from Republicans.  Conyers was accused to requiring his government staff to work on his campaign, babysit his children and run personal errands.  It is an abuse of government resources, and certainly unethical but it doesn't merit massive action.  It probably wasn't pursued more because I'm sure this occurs frequently on both sides of the isle.

But some attention would have been nice.  As democrats get ready to "clear the swamp" in the House with what they claim will be the most ethical Congress ever, it seems to me to be a newsworthy story that one of their leading members who will control the house agenda just "accepted responsibility" for ethics violations.

You can read the House ethics report here.

Did Romney Create Same-Sex Marriage?

A WorldNetDaily article today has drawn attention to a group of Massachusetts activists that have claimed that Massachusetts Governor and 2008 presidential candidate (as of tomorrow), Mitt Romney, actually created same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

The argument is essentially that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health which held that restricting marriage to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution is, in fact, unconstitutional.  Supporters of this view have taken the Court's recent decision in Doyle v. Secretary of the Commonwealth holding that it does not have the power to force the state legislature to take a constitutionally required vote on the state's marriage amendment confirms this view that the Court cannot impose same-sex marriage on the state.  As a result, they claim, Romney effectuated an unconstitutional order of the court and Romney in fact created same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

I begin by saying that technically, I agree.  But the reality of our current system of jurisprudence prevents the application of such a textualist view and binds those with executive authority to carry out the will of the court.   

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December 28, 2006

Massachusetts Legislature Continues to Violate Massachusetts Constitution

Here's the background story:

The people of Massachusetts start an initiative for an amendment to their state constitution.  They secure the required number of signatures to submit the amendment, but the amendment never makes it to the ballot.  Why? Because in Massachusetts before the amendment is placed on the ballot it must be approved by the legislature.  But the amendment doesn't make it to the ballot because the legislature voted against the amendment, it fails to proceed because the legislature simply refuses to acknowledge that the amendment even exists.  This is the current status of the Marriage Amendment in Massachusetts where the state legislature, in direct violation of their duties under the state constitution, are refusing to call a vote on whether the amendment should proceed to the ballot.

Frustrated with the legislatures failure to perform their job, a lawsuit was filed by several individuals, including Governor Mitt Romney, requesting that a court order be issued requiring the legislature to take a vote on the matter before the end of session on January 2, as required by the Constitution.

Yesterday the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts released their opinion in Doyle v. Secretary of the Commonwealth addressing this matter.

The opinion, which I agree with, ultimately concludes that the Court has no power to order the legislature to abide by the requirements of the state constitution.  If only we saw such textualist opinions out of Massachusetts courts more often.

However, the Court does note that under the requirements of the state constitution that the legislators should vote, and if they do not, they should be held accountable by the electorate.

"The members of the General Court [the legislature] are the people's elected representatives, and each one of them has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the Commonwealth. Those members who now seek to avoid their lawful obligations, by a vote to recess without a roll call vote by yeas and nays on the merits of the initiative amendment (or by other procedural vote of similar consequence), ultimately will have to answer to the people who elected them."

Does anyone else find it odd that those supporting same-sex marriage, a movement which claims it only seeks to provide equal rights to all, resort to tactics such as this which clearly violate the law and rights of individuals under the Massachusetts Constitution to seek a constitutional amendment through an initiative process?

December 27, 2006

Hot Topic: Florida's Ban on Adoption By Homosexuals

The recent announcement of Mary Cheney's (daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney) pregnancy has once again ignited the debate over parenting by same sex couples.  Florida, with our statutory ban on adoption by homosexuals is on the front lines of that debate.  Illustrating that point liberals over at FLA Politics are calling for Governor-elect Charlie Crist to repeal the ban as a demonstration that Crist is committed to his recent pledge to support and expand adoption in our state. 

This is an issue that has been driving liberals bonkers for some time now.  They are further ignited by the fact that while Florida bans adoption by homosexuals, it allows homosexuals to serve as foster parents.  They claim this is a discrepancy that must be resolved, and one that should be resolved in favor of the rights of homosexuals.  The argument fails for the following reasons:

1.  There is no discrepancy.  As the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals explained in a very well reasoned and well written opinion in Lofton v. Secretary of the Dept. of Children and Family Services (via Findlaw), it is reasonable to expect different standards for foster parents and adopting parents because, guess what, foster care and adoption are two different things.  One is meant to be temporary and one is meant to be permanent.  Of course, the proponents of adoption by homosexuals argue that while foster care is meant to be temporary, in some cases it is not.  As in the case of Lofton, the foster parent had custody of foster children for many years.  So what is the solution here?  Ensuring that the foster care system functions as it should and that temporary placements of children are just that, temporary.  Advocates of adoption by homosexuals argue that opening adoption to homosexuals will help achieve that goal.  Certainly, allowing more people to adopt would mean more adoptions.  But this ignores the fact that...

2.  The purpose of adoption is to advance the best interest of children, not the rights of adults.  Florida law requires that adoptions meet the "best interest of the child" standard.  This is why not just anyone can adopt, and as the Court explained in Lofton, why homosexuals cannot adopt.  Like it or not, the foundation our state's adoption program is that there are some family structures which provide for a superior upbringing than others.  Until there is undeniable proof that homosexuals are able to provide the same stable environment with consistency that is offered by the traditional family, the state cannot allow children to be adopted by homosexuals.  Now you can cite all kinds of studies and examples saying just that, but the fact is that there are just as many studies and arguments on the other side, and until it is conclusive that the state's presumption is wrong, the standard must stay.  To allow anything else is tantamount to subjecting Florida's children to a social experiment to determine if  anti-traditional homes cause harm.

3.  As a result, the solution to any alleged discrepancy between the foster care system and the adoption system in Florida is to ban homosexuals from serving as foster parents as well.  The best interest of the child standard must be the centerpiece to this system and because we cannot deviate from that standard the only reasonable way to bring the foster care system and adoption system into uniformity on the issue of homosexual parents is prevent homosexuals from becoming foster parents.

This isn't about your rights.  This isn't about what the government will or won't allow you to do.  This is strictly about what is in the best interest of the child. 

Opponents react that Florida law allows unmarried individuals to adopt, and because of this exception to the target of the traditional family that other exceptions must be allowed.  This is silly, of course.  The Legislature has deemed it necessary to make an exception, one that, granted, is not optimal for the child.  This is where we see the balance of practicality and idealism in the system.  With so many children up for adoption and not enough traditional families adopting other alternatives must be pursued.  However, a line must be drawn.  As the Court in Lofton observed, adoption by a single heterosexual still provides the opportunity for the child to end up in a traditional family setting.  Adoption by homosexuals almost necessarily bars that opportunity.  So the exception is made, and the line is drawn, with a focus on what best serves the interest of the child.

I can do nothing but completely support Governor-elect Crist's new campaign to bring a renewed effort to providing good homes for Florida's many children in need of adoption and his dedication to uphold the current standards in our adoption system.  I hope that you too will stand by our state's commitment to seek out the best interest of every unadopted child and will also consider participating in that system and dedicating yourself to provide not only a good home, but a positive, traditional and moral upbringing for a child in need.  As an individual who's life and family have been touched and forever changed for good by adoption I can attest that there are few more honorable causes in our world today and even fewer with such long-lasting results.

December 22, 2006

Democrats Raise Money For Convicted Felon

Time for a pop-quiz.  It will be self-graded, so you are on the honor system (which works with Conservatives).

1.  If a Republican government official is convicted of a felony, democrats respond by:

A.  Looking the other way.
B.  Gathering their top leadership together to host a fundraiser for his next election campaign.
C.  Stomping, screaming, shouting and demanding that this corrupt official step-down or be removed from office.

Answer:  C

2.  If a democrat government official is convicted of a felony, democrats respond by:

A.  Looking the other way.
B.  Gathering their top leadership together to host a fundraiser for his next election campaign.
C.  Stomping, screaming, shouting and demanding that this corrupt official step-down or be removed from office.

(Hint: Read the post title)

Answer: B

The invitations have been sent out for a fundraiser to help Siplin in his 2008 reelection to the Florida Senate with minority leader Steve Geller as one of the hosts.

Now, I understand that Siplin's conviction is pending appeal, and the Senate is waiting on that ruling before deciding whether to allow him to stay and so he is allowed to stay in the Senate.  But you have to wonder if a Republican would be given the same grace.  If there is any doubt, let me assure you, the answer is no.

With as much as they talk about the "culture of corruption" on the Republican side, it always amazes me that democrats are completely unwilling to hold any of their own accountable for their actions.

December 15, 2006

Florida Senator Tries to Make Nice With Syria

By this point most of you have probably read or heard about our very own Senator Nelson's trip to Syria to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad.  This is the first of many mixed signals that Syria and Iran will be receiving from our government as a result of the Iraq Study Group Report's insane recommendation that we make nice with the two nations and encourage their influence in Iraq.  The State Departments has essentially refused to engage with Syria until there is a demonstrated effort to cease  attempts to throw the Middle East into chaos through the support and harboring of terrorists.

But Senator Nelson just wants to make nice. 

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December 11, 2006

Hamburgers More Environmentally Harmful than SUV's

As is required of any good Conservative worth their salt, Mrs. G and I recently treated ourselves to a brand new SUV.  The purchase was met with scorn from many of my liberal friends.  Comments ranged from "You would get an SUV, why am I not surprised," to "Is having an SUV a requirement for voting in the Republican primary?"

Th e disdain is nothing new.  For years the liberal collective conscience has purported that SUV's pose one of the single greatest threats to the balance of the global environment.  But the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation has identified a new threat.  This threat, it seems, is more even dangerous than the evil SUV.  That threat is... Cows.

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December 07, 2006

Christian/Islamic Cold War?

If the radicals had their way, then Christianity and Islam would be engaged in full blown war today. The moderates want to avert war and, I think, most sane people do too. I personally believe radical Islam is every bit as dangerous as Communism, and we (the US and other free democratic countries) managed to defeat the threat of Communism without direct action between the two superpowers. If we thought of the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the same terms, could we find a peace through deterance similar to that of the cold war? Should we?

I really haven't thought about this beyond the passing conjectures about how wise it was to bring in people like Jim Baker and his frame of reference to work on the Iraq Study Group. But it led me to these questions, and I thought I'd pose them here.

What if the war on terror really is the beginnings of a Christian v. Islam cold war? What would that mean for the world? Are the implications of an Islamist superpower acceptable to our security or our morality?

December 01, 2006

Elephant in the room

I guess you could see these images and come to the same conclusions as PEER Review.

Now, read this piece from Kathleen Parker of the Orlando Sentinel (see Real Clear Politics) and convince me that PRFL isn't influencing media in Florida.

November 29, 2006

The Unpopular Position on the Martin Anderson Case - Updated

By now you've likely heard of the Martin Anderson case who died at a juvenile boot camp.  We've all heard of the guards who manhandled the boy and the outcry for justice.  Yesterday, those camp guards and others involved were charged with manslaughter.  But there are some advocating that the case is not as clear as the activists involved want to make it out to be.  In fact, there are some arguing the unpopular position taken by the original medical examiner: that the evidence shows that Martin Anderson indeed died from "complications of the sickle cell trait."

I'm not a doctor, so I can't tell you what the evidence does or doesn't say, and even if I could I've not followed the details of the story close enough to reach a conclusion.

That's where Billoblog comes in.  Apparently, Billo is a medical examiner and he provides a pretty detailed review of the facts of the case which he claims support the finding of the initial medical examiner.  He has two article on the subject; one examining the death of Martin Anderson and the next exploring the attacks on the original medical examiner.  His arguments are compelling.

We'll of course hear more about this evidence as the trial of those accused of manslaughter gets underway.

Big Hat Tip to A Cool Change

UPDATE:  Pushing Rope jumps in with his analysis, which is almost exclusively an accusation that Billoblog is racist.

November 14, 2006

BREAKING: Jeff Bowden Resigns

I have to admit, I didn't think there was any way Jeff Bowden was going to leave FSU while Bobby is still there, but today the FSU Athletic Director announced that Jeff Bowden will finish the season and then be gone.  We'll see if all the critics were right and that will fix the problem, but we will have to wait until next year.

November 09, 2006

What Liberals Don't Want You To Know About the South Dakota Abortion Ban Vote

(Note:  This post began as a comment to a posting by Mr. Hussey over at Pushing Rope.  As an aside, I think Mr. Hussey is probably the sharpest democrat on the Florida blogosphere.)

If you have been paying attention to the MSM and liberal blogs on the rejection of the South Dakota abortion ban by voters you've probably been left with the impression that this was a huge, shocking defeat for the Pro-Life movement.  After all, if the measure failed in such a staunch Conservative state as South Dakota, a state that any liberal will tell you is the toughest place in the country to get an abortion (they have one abortion clinic), how could they expect the rest of the country to support banning abortion?

As usual, the MSM and liberal gloss over the issue doesn't paint a fair picture of reality.  I submit for your consideration three factors which you likely won't hear many other places:

You know you want to read more...

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November 01, 2006

What's wrong with MSM example #1,259,372 or Why all Republicans and fiscal conservatives should get out and vote

This morning I was treated to a "piece" that seems to call outright for higher taxes.
"...every election, it's the same thing: a whole bunch of candidates and voters insisting that taxes have to be reduced. Enough already. Taxes are money collected from all to spend on all. We couldn't get by without them. And those who would make reducing or eliminating them the centerpiece of their political stance are shortsighted."
Shocking? Not to those who read the Tallahassee Democrat. Here's more,
"The biggest misnomer by tax complainers is that someone is trying to take "my money." There is no "my money." It's a colloquialism, a figure of speech.

You didn't create the state government that pays you. You didn't create the factory that employs you. You didn't create the trees for lumber, the chemicals for plastics or the computers for accounting. You didn't create the need for people to buy food, live in houses, get electric services, drive trucks or write for a newspaper. Every job and every dollar anyone earns is a product of all of us living together in society. Without society, we'd all still be naked and grubbing for bugs.

To keep society operating, everyone has to pay a share. And as our society gets bigger and more services are created, we often have to pay more than we did in the past."

He couldn't be more wrong in more ways if he had a "Make it WRONG" button built into Word.

I'm pretty sure there are some references in the Declaration to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness that address this very issue. Maybe Gerald should read it.

For the rest of us, remember there are people out there who believe the things you own belong to them. They believe you have no stake, no claim to the fruits of your labor. They believe you are greedy, shortsighted and mean spirited for wanting to keep the wealth you earn, for wanting to enjoy the home you built, for wanting to plan for the security of you children. They want you to make up for their mistakes. They're called democrats. They're called socialist. They're called journalist. They're called liberal.

My response? Kiss my butt. I'm voting Republican. They may be spending too much money and they may be horribly innefficient, but at least the GOP isn't proposing to take more of it.

Not yet anyway.



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October 19, 2006

Foley/Negron Ballot Decision

Today a Leon County judge ordered that a notice could not be put up in the 16th Congressional District informing voters that a vote for Mark Foley on the ballot would be construed as a vote for Joe Negron.

After reading the submissions to the Judge Janet Ferris and her ultimate ruling in the case I have collected some thoughts on the decision, and the intriguing timing of the democrat conviction about the "sanctity of the voting booth."  If you find the review of the opinion boring, skip on down to the "democrats" section

The Decision
Honestly, after my initial review of the decision I thought it was pretty well reasoned.  The strongest argument against the posting of the notice, as Judge Ferris points out is the fact that the legislature has not specifically authorized such a posting.  On the contrary, it directs that if there is a change in candidates after a specific time, the ballots are not to be changed.  Sounds reasonable, and it even a textualist argument.  But even under textualism, the answer is not always clear. 

The question is whether or the legislature has authorized the Supervisors of Elections to post such notices.  Judge Ferris says not because it is not explicitly expressed, but I think that it just might be.

Under the Florida Statutes, the Supervisors of Elections are given the responsibility of educating the public on how to vote.  Specifically, they are directed on providing instructions on the voting system.  Certainly, a change in the person a vote will be going to in a voting system without a change in the name on the ballot falls under the jurisdiction of a facet of the voting system.  But an argument can be made, and a reasonable one at that, that the candidate change does not effect the manner of voting.

The key is found in Section 101.031 of the Florida Statues, under the "Voter's Bill of Rights."  Here it says voter are entitled to "Written instructions to use when voting, and upon request, oral instructions on voting from election officials."  So oral instructions may be supplied when requested.  And written instructions do not need to be requested.  There is our answer. 

A voter can ask an poll worker, "Hey, I though Mark Foley was out of the race.  Why is his name still on the ballot?" and the poll worker can explain that the vote goes to Joe Negron.  That same instruction, under the Voter's Bill of Rights should be available, without instruction, in writing.

There are good arguments either way, but in making her decision, Judge Ferris seems to have relied upon one section of statute to the exclusion of all others.

And to be fair, some of the arguments submitted on the side of the notice were terrible as well.  But ultimately, the best argument supports the posting of the notice. 

Regardless, the decision is being appealed, so we can expect a 1st DCA decision, and possibly a Florida Supreme Court decision as well.  I'll be very interested in Justice Bell and Justice Cantero's view on the matter.

Democrats
What is even more interesting than the decision has been the democrat reaction.  The main claim in the media they have made is that posting the notice is showing favoritism to Republicans, and they have been vocal and adamant about it.  This is interesting for two reasons.

First, the notice lists the name of the democrat candidate as well.  Here is what the proposed notice looks like:

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I didn't think the notice favored Republicans when I thought it would only have Foley and Negron's names on it.  But with this notice, how on earth does it favor anyone?  The Republican is listed first, so it is biased?  It is a silly argument from silly people.

Second, the timing is oh so intriguing.  The fact is, this is not a unique circumstance.  Pasco county is considering a similar notice because a candidate dropped out.  A South Florida Circuit Court Judge ordered that a similar notice be put up in a polling place informing voters not to vote for a candidate who was disqualified and listing the names of the other candidates.

Today, Negron's opponent Tim Mahoney called the ruling a "victory for Florida voters."  If the notice would be a loss for voters where was the statewide, loud democrat outcry we on these other two notice issues?  No, for the democrat leadership this isn't about winning for Florida's voters, this is about them winning.  And if confusion at the polls will give them an edge, they will defend it to the death.

You can find the text of the decision and other submissions to the Court here.

You can find the Florida Election Code here.

October 11, 2006

David Zucker Campaign Ad

This morning Drudge is reporting that Hollywoof producer David Zucker has made a campain ad about the democrats and North Korea.  Whether Zucker actually created the ad, I don't know.  Regardless, it is a great ad.

"...making nice to our enemies will not make them nice to us."

How true it is.

October 10, 2006

No Surpise on North Korea

North Korea is the big news item this week.  A mad man who imprisons and slaughters his own people now possibly has nuclear weapons.  It is not a very comforting thought, but not really a surprise.  Anyone who has been paying attention to North Korea over the last few years could have seen this coming.  Kim Jong Il is a brutal dictator obsessed with his own power who is constantly attempting to make himself relevant in global politics.

What has been a surprise has been the reaction by democrats and liberals, despite the fact that I told myself that I would never be surprised by democrats or liberals again.  Apparently, they believe it is Bush's fault that North Korea has made these weapons, not Kim Jong Il who directed that the weapons be made.  Democrat leaders have been coming out of the wood-work to condemn the Bush Administration's foreign policy on North Korea.  I've yet to see them pose any reasonable alternative to the diplomatic channels the administration has attempted to use over the last 6 years, (typical of democrats, no substance) but they allege Bush's failed policies allowed North Korea to gain WMD's.  Some, like our own Kenneth Quinnell here in Florida advocate Bush was the impetus for the creation of the weapons as well.  In fact, he advocates that it is 100% Bush's fault that North Korea has WMD's.

Really?  It is all Bush's fault?  It seems to me that Kim Jong Il might need to share some of the blame.  Maybe just a little?

It is amazing, after years of screaming that America cannot "police the world" that is exactly what they now ask for.  Diplomatic relations with North Korea have time after time proven impossible.  But of course, they would have opposed military intervention as well.  What we are left with is the observation that democrats offer no solutions to real world problems and that no matter what happens anywhere in the world, it is President Bush's fault.

Now, I'll be the first to agree that North Korea definitely could have and should have been handled better.  And that could have and should have been accomplished through military intervention into North Korea years ago.  This is, after all, a country that today has thousands of it's own citizens in forced labor camps.  Remember when you learned about the concentration camps of the holocaust in school and asked, "How could we have let that happen?"  Guess what, we're letting it happen again.  The liberation of the persecuted of North Korea from torture and dictatorship is long overdue.

Many liberals are claiming that Bush's policies backed North Korea into a corner and forced them into a nuclear program.  But the fact is that Bush said exactly what needed to be said.  What is going on in North Korea is evil, and the leadership of the country poses a threat to all nations.  And if you believe that absent North Korea's inclusion on Bush's Axis of Evil list that they would not have continued to pursue nuclear weapons you are deceiving yourself.

I understand that the timing of all of this is inconvenient with our armed forces dedicated in Iraq, but that is the way of the world.  North Korea must be dealt with and I would be shocked if anything other than military force, or at least the threat of military force, will get Kim Jong Il to back down.

As Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill said, North Korea "can have a future, or it can have these weapons.  It cannot have both."  I couldn't agree more.

For more information on the atrocities committed within North Korea I recommend anything by or about the journeys of Norbert Vollersten, including his book Inside North Korea.  When I had a chance to spend some time with Vollersten in DC over two years ago he predicted that North Korea would refuse to negotiate with the global community, including refusal to rejoin the 6-party talks hoped that it would not take the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea for the world to do something about the  atrocities being committed there. 

I also highly recommend Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025 by Mark Palmer, former ambassador to Hungary during communist occupation.  The book details a comprehensive plan for the non-violent overthrow of the world's dictators.  Had this plan been implemented years ago when it was first proposed I believe we could have prevented this scenario with North Korea.  Sections of Palmer's recommendations have been implemented in current foreign policy.

October 06, 2006

Illegal Immigration - Still a Problem, and Growing

Most of us have experienced both the nightmare and the reality that is a late night in a jammed emergency room.  But with the growing number of illegal immigrants emergency rooms are becoming more than just a single night’s bad experience.  In a report last year by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) it was estimated that illegal immigrants in the state of Florida are resulting in more than $165 MILLION a year in unpaid hospital care.  As a result of unpaid emergency care bills, many hospitals are creating free clinics in order to lower the cost of providing this GOVERNMENT MANDATED SERVICE. Yes, in case you are unfamiliar, most hospitals are required to provide emergency care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.  The result is the $25 aspirin that your insurance is charged.  Guess who those costs are passed down to?  That's right, you and me.

It comes down to us through insurance rates and through taxes.  About $910 MILLION in taxes used each year by the state to offset the annual $4.3 BILLION cost of providing education, health care, and incarceration for illegal immigrants in our state.  FAIR estimated that the cost to the average Floridian household per year for providing these services is $315.  That does not include the share passed down by illegal immigration on a national level.

But the problem is growing and will continue to get worse.  What will the solution be for the ever aging population of illegal immigrants as they reach an age of not being able to care for themselves?  With no Social Security/Medicare number they will they have no “safety net?”  Will they simply die in the street without aid?  Of course not.  The government will have to rush in to the rescue once again.  FAIR estimates that the current $4.3 BILLION dollar cost of illegal immigrants will balloon to over $8 BILLION within the next ten years.  Guess gets to pay that tab?

But FAIR’s numbers don’t take into account the cost of other government services.  As illegal’s are hired and employed we have no tax contribution.  That means the roads they use, the government services of fire, police and others all have greater burden but no contribution by these users. Guess who pays?

But we also have to consider the loss by Americans in wages.  We’ve all heard the argument that illegal aliens do the jobs that no one else will do.  So what happens if they are not there to do them?  Will we be left with no one to perform those jobs?  Will no one perform the labor and services currently performed by illegal aliens?  No.  The result will be that employers will simply have to pay more for these jobs to attract workers!  The jobs will still get done and good old US citizens will GET A RAISE!  That means more tax revenue and less whining about unlivable wages. Why aren’t the Democrats and the Unions screaming about this? Cheap scab labor from south of the border is keeping US workers from better wages!

The bottom line…good old Joe middle class gets to pay extra for all the government give away’s and illegal alien employers get a free subsidy from all of us!

Everyone benefits when we do it right. Will the costs for goods and services go up with higher wages? Absolutely, but not near as high as when we instead hire the government workers and health care providers to give BILLIONS of dollars away.  If we do it legally we might even get enough of a tax cut to cover the increase in costs for goods and services. (Forgive my moments of fantasy…government becoming so efficient as to cut taxes …what am I thinking?)

The rallies have died down, the issue isn't the hot topic it was a few months ago, but we must be diligent in demanding that our representatives and leaders:

1.  Close the border.
2.  Create a legal guest worker program.
3.  Require everyone to pay their fair share.

The madness must end and reason must be returned. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of delaying and playing politics rather than quickly moving to solve this problem.  Meanwhile, you and I get to pick up the several billion dollar bill.

Ass as in donkey, eh democrat?

Former President Bush says Hugo Chavez, "is an ass." (video)

October 05, 2006

Democrats Oppose Informed Vote

Once again, the party of "choice" is attempting to prevent voters from being able to make an informed decision.  The Florida Division of Elections has announced that it will place signs in voting booths informing voters that a vote for "Mark Foley" on the ballot will be counted as a vote for "Joe Negron."

Democrats are convinced that this is "favoritism" towards Negron and Republicans and constitutes campaigning in the voting booth.

...Seriously?

Folks, we have a problem.  The ballot says one name but the vote goes to another.  The Division of Elections has a responsibility to ensure that voters understand who they are voting for.  There will be no encouraging voters to vote one way or the other.  Rather, this clarification will help voters make an informed decision.

Now, I understand their frustration.  This helps eliminate the only real advantage they have in the race, voter confusion  Yet, isn't it ironic that the same group which was up in arms about "confusing ballots" in 2000 now seem to think that a confusing ballot is mandated by law.

The democrats in Florida have been running under a "putting Floridians first" banner.  But positions like this make it clear that the Florida democrat party is focused on putting democrats first.  They don't want the clarification because they know that if the people are able to make an informed vote, they will lose.

The democrats have said they will fight this effort and I'm sure the law suits will be filed by the end of the week.

October 04, 2006

Ongoing Victory for Traditional Marriage

A quick update on the status of the effort to preserve traditional marriage.

The great overall success in defending marriage has been largely ignored by the MSM, but take heart, this is a winning effort.

At this time there are twenty states which have adopted constitutional amendments defining and defending marriage:

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Georgia
Hawaii
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma

There are six states with amendments on the ballot for the 2006 election:

Idaho
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Virginia
Wisconsin

This means that as of November, there is a good chance that over half of the states will have passed state constitutional amendments.

There are 41 States with statutory law defining or defending marriage.

There are only 6 states with no statutory or constitutional provisions protecting marriage.

See the breakdown here.

As for our own state, the Florida Supreme Court has already approved the language of a constitutional amendment and it is expected to be on the 2008 ballot.  Polling shows a majority of the state will support the amendment.  For information on how to support the amendment in our own state visit Florida 4 Marriage.

I haven't double checked his numbers, but Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council announced stated at the Value Voters Summit in D.C. a few weeks ago that in the states where constitutional amendments have been presented, on average, they are supported by 71% of voters.  The trend so far has been that when people are given the opportunity to vote, they have overwhelmingly stood with traditional marriage.

The harshest opposition to these amendments has been in the courts.  Isn't it odd that those who claim to be the defenders of freedom of choice are the ones fighting the hardest to keep these amendments from being voted on? 

Regardless, even in the courts, we are having great success.  Since this past July, the Alliance Defense Fund has been involved in 8 dealing with state marriage laws.  They have had success in all eight.

Ultimately, the highest goal is the passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment which becomes more and more likely with each passing vote demonstrating that America stands by the principles of traditional marriage.

The Scandal Double Standard

Many commentators on the Foley scandal have observed the sharp difference between the impact of personal scandals on Republicans as opposed to democrats.  It has been noted that it seems Republicans often meet the end of their political careers over scandals, while democrats often live to govern another day.  Even the Washington Post noted this difference in the article The Redder They Are, the Harder They Fall.  The story of Representatives Studds from Massachusetts and Crane from Illinois has been the most pertinent example.  As the Post explains:

"The clearest illustration may be in the divergent outcomes of the cases against Crane (R) and Studds (D) in 1983. Both men were censured by the House for having sex with underage congressional pages -- Crane with a 17-year-old girl in 1980, Studds with a 17-year-old boy in 1973. Crane, of Illinois, apologized for his actions, while Studds, who declared he was gay, refused. Crane lost his reelection bid the next year; Studds, of Massachusetts, kept winning his seat until he retired in 1996."

Here Foley is caught in a similar scandal, though there has been no evidence of any actual sexual acts, and his political career is at an end.

The double standard has been criticized by many Republicans and Conservatives over the last few days, but honestly, I'm not disturbed by it one bit.

Fact is, as Republicans, we center our message on Family Values.  As Conservatives where derive our positions from strong moral convictions.  So when there is a violation of those values and convictions by one of our own leaders we should be the first in line to correct.  I'm not saying there is no room for forgiveness or that we shouldn't allow a leader who has stumbled the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and make amends.  However, we should expect our leaders to be held to a higher standard than the party of moral-relativity holds theirs.

Certainly, democrats and liberals take advantage.  When a Conservative or Republican stumbles they are labeled and hypocrite and democrats demand that they, the leadership above them, the staffers below them, and everyone they have ever encountered should apologize and pay for the mistake.  Of course, we should point out the double standard they apply, but we should not seek to lower our own standards or excuse bad behavior by our leadership simply because they do it, too.  We expect such behavior from their side.  And we should expect our leaders to strive for excellence and a political life that is above reproach. 

When we apply a stricter standard of conduct to our own leadership than the liberals apply to theirs, it tells me we are doing something right.

UPDATE:  As always, fantastic analysis and sarcasm from our beloved Ann.

"The Democrats say the Republicans should have done all the things Democrats won't let us do to al Qaida — solely because Foley was rumored to be gay. Maybe we could get Democrats to support the NSA wiretapping program if we tell them the terrorists are gay."

October 03, 2006

Conservatives in the Foley Aftermath

I the wake of the Foley scandal we've seen just about every possible reaction.  Everyone is trying to determine whether this will be the straw that breaks the camel's back for Republicans in the next election and liberals and democrats are trying their hardest to turn the issue into an indictment for the whole Republican Party.

But the harshest criticism, in my opinion, is coming not from liberals, but from Conservatives.  Yesterday, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily.com released an article titled GOP Unworthy of Governing.   In the article Farah concludes that the handling of Foley by Republican leadership has demonstrated that they are unfit to lead the country.  But even before the Foley story broke, others Conservatives were considering the idea that Republicans losing might not be such a bad idea after all.  Jonah Goldberg wrote an article several weeks back hinting at the idea that maybe, just maybe, Republicans need to lose so that they can get their act together.  Farah and Goldberg are not alone.  Honestly, I've found myself seriously considering their position.

 

But, let me be clear.  At this point I don't agree with Farah and the liberals screaming that the Republican leadership positively knew what was going on with Foley and were just holding out until after the election.  I haven't seen anything that damning just yet, but I'll be just as upset as everyone else if it comes out that they did actually know.  I think there was definitely break down of communication and probably some staff knew more than they disclosed, but I don't know that this rises to the level of indicting the actual party leadership.

I also predict that this issue is not going to have much effect on a nation-wide scale.  It is going to hurt the chances of Republicans keeping Foley's seat, but keeping the seat is not out of the question depending on how the leadership handles itself over the next few months.

The biggest fall-out, I think is, and will continue to be, with Conservatives.  Conservatives who feel the opportunities our party has had over the last few years has been squandered.  Conservatives who have found themselves consistently questioning and at odds with party leadership.  Conservatives who are tired of seeing our party, and us along with them, dragged through the mud over a string of scandals.  Goldberg thinks change might not be so bad.  Farah thinks they've shown their inability to lead.  I was ready to sign on myself.

But yesterday I caught a portion of the Values Voters Summit on C-SPAN.  The segment I watched was a briefing on the national political scene led by Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, and my man Alan Sears of the Alliance Defense Fund.  At one point Dr. Dobson talked about the short comings of our party leadership.  About how even though "Value Voters" won the day in 2000 and 2004, the party has failed to adopt a Conservative agenda.  Despite all of the effort put in by Conservatives in the 2004 election, the party hadn't supported our mission.  He explained that because of these failures he didn't think he was going to make supporting Republicans a priority in upcoming elections.

But he then described a 2 week period he recently spent in Washington D.C. meeting with party and government leaders that changed his mind.  After meeting with these leaders he realized that even though our own party is in desperate need of some changes, the alternative to our party is so terrible that we have to fight for Republicans.

And he's right.

I know many of us Conservatives are unhappy with the state of our party, and we should work to improve it and put true Conservatives into positions of influence.  But in the meantime, we must realize that even thought our party has its flaws the alternative that the democrats present is far worse than our party on its worst day.

Don't lose heart.  There are some tough days ahead and it is tempting to just sit back and let the election take its course, but there is a real need, now more than ever, for Conservatives to stand by those who support us, and the party that presents the opportunity for the only opportunity for the defense and spread of Conservative ideals.  It may not be deserved, but the Republican party needs the renewed vigor of a Conservative base and I'll be the first to say that I stand with my party, the GOP.

September 26, 2006

Constitutionally Correct

I've neglected to put up the link to this site for a long time:  Constitutionally Correct.  This blog is the ongoing project of some of the smartest guys I know.  If you read one other blog, besides PEER Review, of course, this is it.  And on days we don't post, go there.  It addresses a variety of issues centered on the various battlefields of the culture war.

For an introduction I recommend the post by Mike Manno,  Are Liberals the Only People Who Have Choice?

September 13, 2006

Quote of the Week

Former Congresswoman Carrie Meek at Davis' apology rally:

"I know about these white folks. I know how they operate. I've been there. I've been in their smoke-filled rooms. And I know how they turn when they have to."

Can you imagine the fall-out if a white Republican made a similar comment?

Note:  Carrie Meeks is a Vice Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

Crist Picks Kottkamp

Soon-to-be Governor Crist just announced his running mate; State Representative Jeff Kottkamp from Cape Coral.  The choice honestly surprised me because I'm not sure that it adds much to Crist's campaign.  Sure, Kottkamp is a Conservative and this will help shore up the Conservative base, but Conservatives would have voted for Crist anyways.  He adds little name recognition and he comes from an area Crist would likely win anyways.  Politically, I think there were better choices, but I'm just one man and Crist has had a whole team analyzing this for months.  But realistically, the LG pick, regardless of who it was, probably was not going to be determinative of the overall race anyways.

That said, I'm glad to see another Conservative in the mix.  Personally, the Kottkamp addition gets me a little more excited about the Crist campaign, so maybe there is something to this pick after all?

September 09, 2006

For additional reading on conservatives, liberals and race

Read this by John Derbyshire. Thoughts on this article from La Shawn Barber are also worth a read.

September 08, 2006

For democrats, Image is Everything

Today word got out that ABC is "altering" the upcoming mini-series "The Path to 9/11" due to criticisms of inaccuracy which centered around former Clinton administration officials.

Bruce Lindsey, head of the Clinton Foundation claimed that "The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely."  He also accused ABC of bias and "fictitious rewriting of history that will be misinterpreted by millions of Americans."

Now, people who believe everything they see on TV as true are typically liberals and therefore, already confused and misinformed about the world around them, so I'm not sure how much damage could actually be done here.  However, if ABC is trying to make a series more true to life, rather than simply bending to Lindsey and Madeline Albright's complaints, I say good for them.

But I can't help but wonder, where did this outrage suddenly come from?

For the last few years there have been trumped up allegations by professors and academics at a number of universities  that 9/11 was an inside job, that Bush coordinated the or allowed the attack to happen.  There are published books arguing the same.  Where was the outrage then?  If those teaching or publishing historical accounts have a "duty," according to Lindsey, to discuss only that which is absolutely based on fact and misleading in no way, why did liberals and democrats not call for these books to be pulled off the shelves and burned and the universities to fire these professors?  Why was there no fear that these teachers and writings would be misinterpreted by millions of students and readers?

I'll tell you why, because for liberals this is not about maintaining the sanctity of true history, it is about maintaining image.  There have been all kinds of quirky claims based on faulty history in recent years, that Abraham Lincoln was a homosexual, that Jefferson had children with his slaves, and on and on.  But there was no great public outcry from liberals that these claims were based on scant, if any, historical evidence.

But a line of dialog in  TV show that makes Clinton administration officials look like they missed the chance to prevent 9/11... well, that has to be untrue and anyone who support such an idea is irresponsible and should be censured by Congress.  Right?  Let the false allegations against Bush fly, but just don't speak ill of Bill and his posse.

Truth be told, if there really was a genuine concern for preserving history by liberals, we would have heard much, much more from them by now.  But, it is no surprise to this observer that democrats are more concerned with image than truth, which is why they will allow inaccurate history to taint our schools.

But let's assume that democrats have suddenly awakened to reason.  If that is the case, I'll join Lindsey in denouncing those who teach inaccurate history as fact.  I'll will stand beside him as he calls for universities to remove professors advocating the fact-less theory that Bush knew of, allowed, or caused 9/11.  I'll support him as he proclaims that evolution, a theory taught consistently in public schools should be removed from curriculum because of the danger that millions of students might misinterpret the theory as absolute fact.  Maybe this is the beginning of a liberal enlightenment I thought would never come.  But I won't hold my breath.

UPDATE:

Read Harry Reid's veiled threat to ABC.

Mary Katherine Ham has more examples of the ongoing liberal hypocrisy.

And excellence from Hugh Hewitt:

'I suspect the extreme reaction of the Senate Democrats is based on the sudden recogntion that the fall campaign will be waged on the single issue of which party is serious about national security.  The president's demand for action on key fronts yesterday has clearly thrown the Dems into disarray as they realize that the American electorate will not reward more fecklessness on the part of Democrats. Now arrives a major television event that exposes the specifics of Democrtaic-era "stewardship" of national security, and they are in a frenzy to do whatever it takes to keep that memory down the memory hole.

The trouble for them is that they more they struggle the more attention they call to the very record they wish to have remain obscure and distant."

August 16, 2006

Does anything else in the news matter?

After reading this?

An investigation into the remains of a baby found at a Hialeah, Fla., abortion clinic in July has determined that the child was born alive, but authorities say it may come down to an interpretation of federal law whether charges will be filed.

The case developed at the end of July when the remains were found in a biohazard bag at "A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center" after an anonymous 911 call reported to police that a child had been born alive, then killed.

Infants' remains at an abortion clinic are not a violation of the law -- unless that child was born alive, in which case the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000 takes effect.

My first thought is, isn't abortion in the third trimester illegal anyway?

My second thought is, this should wake you moderates up. "Pro-Choice" is nothing but legal infanticide. Don't fool yourselves into thinking you're supporting women. Do you think this mother is better off knowing that she not only killed a viable baby, but she gave birth to a live baby, that was then killed on her request?

I don't have to tell you about my opposition to abortion - They should all be illegal, in all instances, in all cases, for all people.

Lastly, thank God there's someone in the clinic who's conscience is on the right path. Let's hope that person is working there in an attempt to save as many children as possible.

Further - I would be remiss if I didn't throw a political spin on this. So, here it is. If I was Tom Gallagher I'd be riding this until Primary day. At every press event, every campaign stop, every email, every phone call... at every opportunity I'd ask one question - Will Charlie Crist investigate and prosecute the clinic and the responsible doctor who 1) performed what appears to be an illegal abortion, and 2) committed a post delivery murder of a live child?

And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. Either Charlie Crist does nothing and Gallagher benefits, or Charlie Crist takes action and Gallagher loses, which he is sure to do anyway. And if Charlie Crist does take action it will be for the benefit of all. As a society we can't keep murdering children and propping up women (and men) who have other "priorities" as some sort of culmination of a "progressive" society.

UPDATE: More Florida baby killers, this time in Orlando.

 


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August 10, 2006

Referendum : No :: Dem Primary in Itty-Bitty Conn. : Yes

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Dem Leader Harry Reid is predicting a 5 seat gain in the US Senate by Democrats this November - and all I've got to say is "Not bloody likely!" His primary, no pun intended, reason for believing this is the result of the Democrat Primary in Connecticut - you know, the one where Joe Lieberman lost to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont (never did trust guys named Ned). He and the media keep referring to this little tiny democrat primary in a small itty-bitty state as some bellwether, national referendum election on Bush:

"But the perception was that [Lieberman] was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else. The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction," [Reid and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] said [in a joint statement].

Spinning this small tiny democrat primary into some national referendum on the President is the height of mountain out of molehill politics.

And you know what? I'm glad! I want Harry and the Dems to falsely think that the country is going in this "new direction" based on some small state's primary. I want the MoveOns and other anti-war-blame-America-first lefties, who are credited in the media for Lamont's victory, to feel emboldened and force their candidates across the nation to sound like Ned (there's that name again) and run to the far left of the voters.

Politics is local, but Democrats have been desperately trying to make this year a national referendum on Bush, similar to the Republicans successful nationalization of the off-term election in 1994. Well, if they're gonna base their confidence and predictions on a democrat primary in which the victor only won 52-48* (yes it was that close but you wouldn't know from the media's crowing over Lieberman's defeat**) in a small state that has never carried any national significance, then Republicans should sleep well at night this fall.

Hey Harry, here's my prediction - Lieberman retains his seat as an Independent and Republicans gain 2 more.

maninblack

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*This means that 52% of about 33% of all voters in Connecticut voted for Ned - that breaks down to about about 18% of Conn. voters - yeah really something to base a national referendum on. When did straw grasping become a democrat hobby?

** Don't forget, the 4 percent spread is after Lieberman publicly said in the weeks prior to the primary that if he lost he'd run as an independent. This means his supporters came out despite his throwing in the towel on the dem primary.

Like I said...

Liberals say one thing, and do another.

Convenient, don't you think?


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August 01, 2006

Tropical Storm Chris

This doesn't look good...

It has begun...

The end of Castro? The celebration.

The real Castro socialist?

The battle for US 22 gets louder.

The dirty laundry of the FL GOP.

Too little, too late?

The only man in America with a valid complaint of Crist.

Is it too early to call Jim Davis a Flip-Flopper?

July 31, 2006

Air strikes unfortunate, but necessary

While many today are condemning the Isrealis for the loss of life in Lebanon, lets not forget that the terrorist are hiding in Lebanon because that's where they are welcomed and safe.

You may be seeing pictures of dead little children today. It's a tragedy. But EU Referendum is looking more closely at the coverage and everything you see isn't kosher. (via Alarming News via Ace)

Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner. In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda. And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do. Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.

There's more from Drudge today confirming what we already know; terrorist dress like civilians, they use women and children to hide behind, and they fill weakend structures with women, children and explosives and wait for the inevitable, all to use our own sense of morality against us.

July 26, 2006

Racism and soccer

Did you watch ANY of the World Cup soccer?  I admit I've never liked soccer but, in an attempt to broaden my horizons, I tried to watch a couple of the matches.  All I saw were 'athletes' who were apparently not man enough to stay on their feet if another player got within three feet of them. I am very aware that soccer players are athletes and can run all day and blah, blah, blah.

The problem was the acting.  Instead of simply trying to score to beat the other team, it appeared that everyone's strategy was to "dive" and try to get as many players on the other team kicked out as possible.  The falling, diving, holding knees and rolling around was some of the worst acting I've ever seen.  It reminded me alot of the Duke Blue Devils and their diving for a charge call.  Also some of the worst acting.  Now, speaking of horrible acting, have you seen the story about Mo'Nique?

That's right.  Another spoiled actor is complaining, and she happens to be black so it must be racism. Read the story, it's ridiculous. It comes down to where a hair dryer was being placed in the overhead storage.

The point I'm making here is that the Mo'Niques and McKinney's in the world want their way or they're going to scream racism.  I'm a guy who has been around for a while; been in the military, worked for black people and white people - and I've learned there are rules in life that you must follow.  If you don't, there are consequences, and the rest of us are not often cooperative with rulebreakers.  It has nothing to do with what color you are. 

Is there racism in America? Absolutely.  I see it from all races. But you've never seen Ivory magazine on bookshelves, or the White Entertainment Television station on TV, and there is no NAAWP.  Can you imagine the outcry if any of them did exist? 

I am not a racist.  When I was in the Navy my best friend was a black guy.  He was also my supervisor.  You know why he was a supervisor?  Because he worked hard and EARNED the position, and you know something else? He was a damn good leader and a damn good friend.

(Deep breath).  I know some people may be bothered by this post, but don't be. Racism is still exhibited by all races and just because you don't get your way doesn't mean that people don't like you for you color.  Cynthia McKinney didn't follow the rules for entering a government building and was detained; Mo'Nique caused a delay on a flight in America and was asked to depart - it's as simple as that.

Maybe they should be head-butted, or at least red-carded.

Mr. H

July 13, 2006

Tell me something I don't know...

Harris loses another staffer... what else is new?
Tom Gallaghers new ad focuses on Laura, Charlie and being a "Dad"... snore....zzzzzzzzz.
Democrats will do anything, including trampling over the memories of dead american soldiers, to raise money... ahem, uh, they're democrats!

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July 12, 2006

Diurnal Distraction

NOSCRUF, not the best idea.

Racist, or smart? Avon Park Mayor has a plan

I missed this before, and I'll admit I found it while trolling a local liberal site for another post. So, forgive me for the source and for not seeing this sooner, but this sounds like a fine idea. I just don't get why liberals are so willing to encourage and embrace more illegal immigration. It drives down wages and makes a "livable wage" less likely for those least among us. If liberals really wanted to do something about wages or immigration or... oh, who am I kidding? Liberals don't want to do anything but organize, which is not exactly what they are lacking. But, more on that later. I digress.

Tom Macklin, the mayor of this faded city deep in Florida's citrus belt, heard the idea on talk radio and latched on with relish.

A city up north, Hazleton, Pa., planned to root out and punish landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, fining them $1,000 for every such tenant. Mr. Macklin, whose own small city has swelled with immigrants from Mexico, Haiti and Jamaica over the past decade, swiftly proposed the same for Avon Park.

There's more,

Like Hazleton's proposal, Avon Park's would deny business permits to companies that knowingly hired illegal immigrants. The ordinance, which states that illegal immigration "destroys our neighborhoods and diminishes our overall quality of life," would also make English the official language of Avon Park, removing Spanish from all city documents, signs and automated phone messages.

I say do it. Do it now. Any liberals want to explain how this is racist, or a even a bad idea?

July 01, 2006

Cigarettes cause cancer but joints don't

That's the findings of a study funded by the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study was performed by Donald Tashkin (UCLA) who,

Federal health and drug enforcement officials have widely used
Tashkin's previous work on marijuana to make the case that the drug is
dangerous. Tashkin said that while he still believes marijuana is
potentially harmful, its cancer-causing effects appear to be of less
concern than previously thought.

Maybe he smoked so much weed he forgot how dangerous it was. Isn't memory loss a side effect of smoking weed? I forget.

Found at the liberal(?) south Florida blog Defending Those People.


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June 27, 2006

Happy Birthday

To me. Today is my brithday.Thanks for the laughter.

I'm going to be away from the blog for a while. Tomorrow I'm on vacation and on the road until July 10. We are going to see family and friends, celebrate July 4th and I plan on spending some time on the boat. Most of my vacations revolve around water because I'm a Cancer.

The past few weeks and months have been difficult. When our dog Faith - a good friend, fantastic pet and national champion - died unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago, and for unkown reasons,  the C family decided it was definitely time for some time off. It's time to recharge the batteries. (If you're interested you can see some pictures of her in my photo album.)

Check back during the next two weeks because I have a few small posts set for future publication, but I won't be actively responding during the next two weeks.

All regular contributors have the ability to post, leave comments and pick fights with liberals without review from me. The blog is all yours. Try not to burn the place down.

If I could request you pick on anybody in particular these are my choices - the Liberal Lobbyist Ron Klein because he's a poser, or the liberal Jim Davis because he never saw a tax increase he didn't like. (And consequently never saw a piece of legislation either... no seriously, he has never seen any. He's never in Washington doing his job.)

Enjoy.
Mr. C

June 25, 2006

Short selling corrupt businesses that you personally investigate with an army of journalist?

Interesting idea. Am I the only who thinks Mark Cuban is the only guy who would think this sort of thing up?

June 23, 2006

St. Pete Times Exclusive on Rove, Satan and the GOP

No. No MSM bias here. Nothing to see. Move along.

The Hotline had it first. And I bet you won't read about it on The Buzz either

Update: Apparently this was some sort of elaborate joke by this guy. My question, if it was such a big joke, why did they take it down? I understand this joke maybe wasn't for publication on the SPT site, but what about the other guy? There's nothing embarrasing about a little successful, and intentional, media humor. Unless it was never going to see the light of day to begin with. Just a little joke among friends. You know.

Update: Award winning... almost.

Update: Well, blow me over, The Buzz did report on their own mishaps. Chalk it up to the foibles of a "new" computer systems. Good Job... I guess.

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Maggots on menu nauseate Juvenile Justice? What's wrong with that?

What's all the complaining about? If you're going to break the law you should expect, eventually, you will be caught and it won't be fun.

A few maggots may be just what these youths need to learn a very important lesson about crime and punishment. And, while I have very little sympathy for these irresponsible juvenile delinquents, I'd rather they eat a few maggots and give up a life of crime than one day in the future provide "entertainment" for a 300 lb man in a one room cell looking for some young company...

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June 10, 2006

weekend reading

It starts like this,

Our rich people don’t need another tax break. No, they need higher
taxes. And they should be vilified, too. That’s right: America should attack
rich people. In fact, we must abolish wealth, which is a tremendous
drag on our economy. It’s high time that we made the rich poor.

And ends like this,

Once again, capital is the enemy. Rich people are evil. We have to put an end to all this capitalist, supply-side nonsense.

And everything in between is sheer Larry Kudlow genius.

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June 09, 2006

dems still have no plan

Remember in the last election, when some democratic thug volunteers slashed tires at a GOP center?  Apparently, that was the only way they thought kerry could get elected - by keeping voters away from the polling stations.  BTW, how'd that work out?

Remember before that, when gore decided to try and win the election by going to court?  That didn't fare very well either.

Why do I bring up old news?  Because it appears that it's business as usual for the dems.  Once again, they're going to court.  It seems they think they stand a better chance of winning if they can keep Delay's court proceedings in the public eye instead of just pushing their candidate.  Maybe, just maybe, they want to stall long enough that when Delay is taken off the ballot, the Republican that will then run won't have any real time to campaign.  Do you think the dems would do that?  Absolutely, because after having been beat down in so many elections, they have no faith in their candidates' abilities to get elected.  NO PLAN.

Here's a plan they have used.  Let's pretend we're in high school and light a bag full of dog feces on fire and sit it on the GOP porch.  No, they didn't really do that.  They did do this.  That's right, stick an envelope full of crap through the mail slot of a GOP candidate.  I don't even know what else to say about that?  Grow up?

Let's refresh - go to court, slash tires, mail crap.  I fully acknowledge that not all dems resort to this type of childish behavior but people, please.  The left doesn't have ANYONE making the news for what they can do or have done that is positive.  Some advice, pick a candidate that can make it on his/her own merit.  Then, use the people that are willing to do anything (mail crap) to do mailings in support of said candidate.  Also, use the money that you're wasting in court to spread the candidate's message in the media. 

Or, keep on with the status quo and let me know how that works out for ya this time.

Mr. H

June 07, 2006

Too good not to link to

The first chapter of Ann Coulture's new book, Godless, is up over at Townhall. Here are two great excerpts -

Liberal doctrines are less scientifically provable than the story of Noah’s ark, but their belief system is taught as fact in government schools, while the Biblical belief system is banned from government schools by law. As a matter of faith, liberals believe: Darwinism is a fact, people are born gay, child-molesters can be rehabilitated, recycling is a virtue, and chastity is not. If people are born gay, why hasn’t Darwinism weeded out people who don’t reproduce? (For that, we need a theory of survival of the most fabulous.) And if gays can’t change, why do liberals think child-molesters can? Pedophilia is a sexual preference. If they’re born that way, instead of rehabilitation, how about keeping them locked up? Why must children be taught that recycling is the only answer? Why aren’t we teaching children “safe littering”?

We aren’t allowed to ask. Believers in the liberal faith might turn violent—much like the practitioners of Islam, the Religion of Peace, who ransacked Danish embassies worldwide because a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Mohammed. This is something else that can’t be taught in government schools: Muslims’ predilection for violence. On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attack, the National Education Association’s instruction materials exhorted teachers, “Do not suggest that any group is responsible” for the attack of 9/11.

And this one for Kate,

Usually zealots can’t make money doing insane things. But liberals have the entire taxpayer-funded “education” apparatus to support them. Public schools are what columnist Joe Sobran calls “liberalism’s reproductive system.” In lieu of teaching Biblical truth, which—are you sitting down?—used to be the purpose of education, the government schools teach an “amalgam of liberalism, feminism, Darwinism, and the Playboy philosophy.” No longer content to ruin their own children, liberals insist on being subsidized by the taxpayer to ruin everyone else’s children, too. (Remember the good old days when bums and malcontents would ruin your children for free?)

Among the things the Supreme Court has held “unconstitutional” are prayer in public schools, moments of silence in public schools (which the Court cleverly recognized as an invidious invitation to engage in “silent prayer”), and displays of the Ten Commandments in public schools. In 1992, the Court ruled it “unconstitutional” for a Reform rabbi to give a nonsectarian invocation at a high school graduation ceremony on the perfectly plausible grounds that Rhode Island was trying to establish Reform Judaism as the official state religion. (Opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy.)

Yes, those scheming Jews have had their eyes on the Ocean State as long as I can remember. Let one Reform rabbi say a prayer in a school there, you might just as well change the state’s name to “Jewland.” Even the rare sane rulings from the Supreme Court face massive resistance from the lower courts. Liberal judges feel free to disregard the Supreme Court to achieve the overriding objective of keeping real religion out of government schools. All-important “precedent” matters only when we’re talking about Roe v. Wade, not rulings on religion.

If you enjoy those two excerpts, then you will enjoy the rest. Education, Sex, Religion, Environmentalism - it's all there. Go read it.

June 02, 2006

A note to PRFL readers: Belated Blogiversary

Yeah, I missed my own blogiversary. I want you to know I was short with myself for forgetting to get myself a present. Not even a card!

It's been one year. My first post was May 31, and then, not much happened for a while.

Thanks to the help of readers and contributors like yourself PEER Review has grown to be PEER Review FL, what we think is the best conservative blog in the state, if not the most opinionated and acerbic (as they like to call us over at spacecoastweb).

Depending on which tracker you believe, PEER Review and PRFL combined has had somewhere between 23,000 and 33,000 hits (not counting my own visits) in our first year with readers from NY to Miami, and from San Francisco to Withlacoochie; with nearly 700 posts and over 800 comments (10,000 if you count spam!) and at least one liberal charge of skulduggery we think must be doing something right. Most of our regular readers are coming from the many blogs that link here and a couple newspapers that provided links, but mostly you are coming from government offices like the Governors office, the Florida Legislature and various other Fl agencies (DOACS, DMS, DOE, etc.). And I think my grandparents occasionally stop by too!

The point is, feel free to let people know you are coming here, it's likely they are too! Tell us what you like, what you don't, what you'd like to see more of - podcasting? research? dirty tricks?

PRFL has 3 regular contributors and a few additional interlopers (and I appreciate each and every one of you) who occasionally post on random topics. I'd love to tell you I have big plans for the next year (and I do have some forthcoming announcements), but we are going to simply keep doing what we are doing - bugging the hell out of liberals and bringing you conservative commentary and opinions on Florida MSM bias.

Don't let "The Man" get you down! Come to PRFL.

Feel like posting your irreverent conservative commentary? Come to PRFL.

Make it a habit. Go to Sayfie Review for your news links, then come to PRFL for opinions.

See you tomorrow. Or Monday.

Thanks, Mr. C

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democrats and corruption, the (recent) list

I found my new favorite blog for today. Lifelike Pundits.

Since I just posted on the subject of democrat corruption, accept this as a follow up. Who else made the list?


1. Senator John "No Taxes" Corzine



2. Senator "the Torch" Toricelli




3. Senator Charles "Shmuck" Schumer



4. Representative Cynthia "Too Black for You" McKinney




5. Representative Patrick "Ambien" Kennedy



6. Senator Hillary "Vast Right-wing Conspiracy" Clinton



7. Representative Alan "Slush Fund" Mollohan



8. Minority Leader Nancy "San Fran Nan" Pelosi



9. Representative William Jefferson (Democrat, Louisiana)



10. Representative James "Expelled from Congress" Traficant



11. Representative James "Baghdad Jim" McDermott



12. Representative Nydia Velazquez




13. Representative John "Mock Impeachment" Conyers



14. Former NSA Sandy "Honest Mistake" Burg(l)er



15. Governor James "Truckstops and Videostores" McGreevy



16. Representative Frank "Me and My Son" Ballance
Thanks to Lifelike Pundits for the reminders! (Be sure to read today's post on John Kerry)



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June 01, 2006

Ben Stein on Memorial Day

David Boyd posted an excerpt from this article and I knew I would have to read it too. I want to post a different excerpt though.

And I thought, well, here's Bob Dylan, making jokes and making fun of his interviewers and he's a Jew. And here I am sitting at my computer with my dogs snoring nearby and my palm trees and my bottled water. And I'm a Jew. And why do we -- Jews and Gentiles here in America -- get to do what we do instead of being killed by the Nazis or the Islamic terrorists?

It's amazing when you can link Bob Dylan, Ben Stein, Nazi's and terrorist in under 800 words, so go read it.

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May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

Some Memorial Day links -

President Reagan's address on June 6, 1984 posted at OP FOR.
Black Five has a letter to Mom and a link roundup.
Decoration Day and brief story of SFC Paul Smith, recent Medal of Honor winner, at Captain's Quarters.
(Medal of Honor history, statistics, and recipients.)
Michelle Malkin has lots of links and short stories. More links at Wizbang!. And reflections by La Shawn Barber.
A Soldiers Perspective on the Meaning of Memorial Day.
Memories of James "Tre" Ponder at Sgt. Hook.
Right in Florida remembers.
Professor Bainbridge tells about his grandfather.
The heroism of a conscientious objector at Don Surber.

Visit this open post at California Conservative for ongoing Memorial Day post links. And this one at Florida Masochist. And this one at Iowa Voice.

There are so many more stories, tributes and link collections out there I feel like I hardly made a dent. Which is exactly how I feel every year. I never really know what to say around Memorial or Veterans Day and I often avoid discussing the military completely on this site. My regular readers know that many who visit this site are liberal and rather than hear many of their inane statements and positions I simply avoid the subject all together. Why get myself so worked up over ill informed and egalitarian positions?

I grew up in the military. Both of my grandfathers served, my mother and father, and even my stepfather. I can trace my roots back to ancestors who served in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I was born when the US was leaving Vietnam, grew up on military bases across the south during the end of the Cold War, experienced the first Gulf War from an overseas assignment, and I was graduating high school here in the states shortly after America had left Iraq.

When the time came for me to choose the military I had the option to go to college, an option not available to my parents or their parents. There was a time when acceptance or ability to attend college was a lottery ticket for the rich kids and the upper class. We were neither rich nor upper class. Rather than a way out, I thought, at the time, college was not just an opportunity, but my responsibility. I thought, isn't that exactly why so many soldiers fight and die, serve and support, enlist and re-enlist? Regular people who are thinking of something bigger, thinking of the future, thinking of their own kids and for the kids of countless others, including the children of the countries we often fight to free and defend.

I am convinced that my life was surely meant to follow the path it took. While in college I went through a series of lung collapses, any one of which would have removed me from the military anyway, and would surely have occured much earlier in my life had I expereinced the stresses of Basic Training. But knowing my path was set doesn't diminish the emotions I feel around this time of year.

After 9-11, I began to think more about my childhood and the people around me. I often think about the differences of viewpoint from "on base" and off the base. The older I get the more profound I realize those differences are. Those who experienced it know exactly what I'm talking about, and most who have never experienced the military life will never understand it, much less empathize with it.

Although many in my family were in various forward areas of operation throughout different conflicts (WWII, Vietnam, Gulf War), I am not aware of any family members who lost their life as a result of direct combat action, and I can't say I've heard many stories of combat and valor; I consider myself lucky to be ignorant of those things.

But I can say Thank You.

I can say Thank You to my parents, family and friends who have served and are serving today; and also to the millions of soldiers I have never met, the many who will come, the soldiers who serve, defend and secure our world from terror and tyranny. I can say your service has provided everything I will ever need, in ways you may have never thought. I have no fear of tomorrow, because I know you are there, I know you are well trained, some of you trained by members of my own family, and you will not leave until your task is accomplished.

I am full of pride and destiny because of your actions. Because I am American, because you defend me, I am a leader in this world and I can change it so that your children may have options and choices like I did. Because you laid down your life, your youth, your future; because you did this defending us, then I will defend you here at home.

And for those who, like me, never really know what to say, maybe because they didn't serve, or because they don't understand it, don't measure up to it, or don't deserve it - you can say something too.

Thank You.

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May 25, 2006

Flim Flam Flip Floppery

On the fence on the fence.

No, I didn't write that twice. It correctly describes John Kerry's position on the topic. (from GOP and the City)

And some of you guys selected this guy to be your president.

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May I introduce

Carter Douglas H.Baby_h
born May 24, 2006.

Congratulations and may God Bless you.

Your friend,
Mr. C

May 24, 2006

Baby H

Baby H was born today at approximately 10:30 am. and is 8lbs. 13 oz. and 22 inches long. He has long fingers and toes and lots of hair. So I'm told.

No name or pics yet.

Congratulations to the parents, some of the greatest people I know.

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May 19, 2006

Florida Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Sunday May 21 through Thursday June 1.

Time to start hoarding supplies on preparation for hurricane season.

For a list of qualifying items click here.

When first saw "bungee cords" on the list, my first thought was...

Bungee_2  

...yeah... it's Friday...

Mr. G

May 17, 2006

GA Judge Tosses Same-Sex Marriage Amendment

Interesting news from the north.  Yesterday, Judge Constance Russell, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge ruled that a Georgia Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional as it violated the state's single subject rule.  The amendment itself was approved by 76% of voters in November of 2004.  What the  debacle reveals is some major flaws in the amendment process in Georgia.  When an amendment can be repealed for being unconstitutional by a lone Superior Court judge almost 2 years after it is ratified, there is a problem.  And I thought Florida's amendment process was a mess...

The state intends to appeal the ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court, and if that fails, there will likely be a new amendment.  Regardless, it will provide fodder to Conservatives in Georgia to activate the base and turn out voters in their 2006 and possibly 2008 elections.

UPDATE:  FULL DECISION

Thanks to the good folks at the Alliance Defense Fund I can provide the link to the full decision by Judge Russell.  It seems to be a misuse of the single subject rule under GA law, but the GA Supreme Court will decide that issue.  The decision can be read here.

May 12, 2006

Murder or choice?

You decide.

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May 05, 2006

Without illegal aliens

Found this over at The Neo Con Blogger.

...if illegal aliens all took the day off and were truly invisible for one day, there would be some plusses along with the mild inconveniences.

Hospital emergency rooms across the southwest would have about 20-percent fewer patients, and there would be 183,000 fewer people in Colorado without health insurance.

OBGYN wards in Denver would have 24-percent fewer deliveries and Los Angeles’s maternity-ward deliveries would drop by 40 percent and maternity billings to Medi-Cal would drop by 66 percent.

Youth gangs would see their membership drop by 50 percent in many states, and in Phoenix, child-molestation cases would drop by 34 percent and auto theft by 40 percent.

In Durango, Colorado, and the Four Corners area and the surrounding Indian reservations, the methamphetamine epidemic would slow for one day, as the 90 percent of that drug now being brought in from Mexico was held in Albuquerque and Farmington a few hours longer. According to the sheriff of La Plata County, Colorado, meth is now being brought in by ordinary illegal aliens as well as professional drug dealers.

If the “Day-Without-an-Immigrant Boycott” had been held a year earlier on May 8, 2005, and illegal alien Raul Garcia-Gomez had stayed home and did not work or go to a party that day, Denver police officer Donnie Young would still be alive and Garcia-Gomez would not be sitting in a Denver jail awaiting trial.

If the boycott had been held on July 1, 2004, Justin Goodman of Thornton, Colorado, would still be riding his motorcycle and Roberto Martinez-Ruiz would not be in prison for killing him and then fleeing the scene while driving on a suspended license.

What is the price for illegal immigration on your community?

MORE: Collier County knows the price. I wonder how many of these guys are illegal or MS-13? Click on any of the 14 mugshots to see what scum truly looks like. Amnesty? I don't think so.

Sexual Battery and Kidnapping  10/1  approximately 4:00am
827 Rebecca Drive, Immokalee
Victim: W/F/18
Arrested: Rene Perezgarcia W/M/22    823 Rebecca Dr
Mario Lopez Luis W/M/19    827 Rebecca Dr
Herman Sanchez Salas W/M/28     827 Rebecca Dr
Ovidio Lopez Funez W/M/19   827 Rebecca Dr
Napoleon Perez Lopez W/M/29   827 Rebecca Dr
Edwin Albaladego Rivera W/M/28    827 Rebecca Dr
Ermitanio Lopez Salas W/M/18   827 Rebecca Dr
Isreal Santiago W/M/56   827 Rebecca Dr
Rolando Perez Claudio W/M/23   827 Rebecca Dr
Alvarado Perez Luis W/M/21   827 Rebecca Dr
Augusto Perez Lopez W/M/32   827 Rebecca Dr
Cesar Perez Lopez W/M/29   827 Rebecca Dr
Gabino Garcia Godinez W/M/24   827 Rebecca Dr
Augusto Garcia Velasquez W/M/30   827 Rebecca Dr

At the above date and time, deputies responded to an undisclosed location for a report of a sexual battery with multiple suspects. Through investigation, it was determined that the victim was sleeping when she answered a knock at the door. Several males grabbed her and forcefully brought her to 827 Rebecca Drive. More subjects were inside the residence when the victim arrived. She was choked, battered, and then blacked out. When she regained consciousness, one of the males was plugging her nose and another male was pouring alcohol into her mouth. Her pants were removed. While several men restrained her, she was sexually battered by multiple suspects. She was then pushed out the front door where she went to another location to call the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was transported to the hospital. Arrests made and all subjects were ordered by the judge to be held without bond. The charges for all subjects are sex battery – multiple perpetrators (1st degree felony), and kidnapping – false imprisonment.

May 04, 2006

US Government: More trusted than Media

I normally don't put much faith in polls, but Globescan, a London-based research firm released a poll yesterday shows that Americans trust the US Government more than it does the media.  The poll, surveying 10,230 people in 10 countries found that 67% of Americans trust the government while only 59% trust the media. 

Isn't it fascinating that while the MSM continues to tell us that nobody likes the President and that you can't trust this administration on anything that the majority still has faith in our government, more-so than the sources telling them not to?  Make of it what you will.

The US and the UK were the only countries surveyed where the government was viewed as more trustworthy than the media.

The poll also showed that one in four (28%) reported abandoning a news source over the last year after losing trust in its content.

The most trusted specific news sources mentioned without prompting were FOX News (mentioned by 11%) and CNN (11%).

Also, blogs are the least trusted news source (25% vs 23%) – with one in two unable to say whether they trusted them.   Understandable, there are alot of crazies out there on the Interweb.  But know, you skeptics, that there is at least one safe-haven for truth, right here at Peer Review, where we are unashamed to call it like it is.

Oh yeah, Michelle Malkin is pretty good too.

May 01, 2006

Terrorist professor Sami Al-Arian pleads guilty, then gets off light

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian plead guilty today to "conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist." In return, he gets 57 months in jail, including the 38 months already served, and he gets to go free sometime around November of 2007.

How can the DA plea bargain this guy? He's an admitted terrorist. His actions have contributed directly to the deaths of innocent civilians - not as bystanders, but as targets.

The death penalty is not too much to ask.

Blurbex is running his "sucker" letter to the people of this country. In it he says something to the effect of, "Ha! I've used your own laws against you, I raised money from you and helped kill you and your supporters. Suckers! I'd like to thank the academy, my producers and directors, George Clooney, my mom, my dad, oh, Katie couric, I love you. But espescially I'd like to thank my children. Trick daddy loves the kids."

How is it this guy gets less than 5 years for terrorism? Disgusting.


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April 28, 2006

More on Gas Prices

You may have missed my post earlier this week, Gas prices not surprising or engineered. For a follow up, here's more excellent commentary from Iowa Voice.

...gas prices aren't going to come down very much any time soon. We're
beyond simple fixes, and even if Congress does what I have said
(including opening up more areas for drilling), it's going to be a long
process, with prices slowly inching down to more affordable levels.


Congress needs to attack the problem from a variety of angles:
conservation (fuel efficiancy standards), open up areas for drilling,
getting rid of the taxes, allowing more refineries to be built (or at
the very least, allow existing ones to expand), and simplifying the
rules on the various fuel blends. Taxing the oil industry isn't going
to make a difference at at the pump, and we all know that we'll never
see a penny of any "rebate" if this tax goes into effect.

Nope. We'll never see a penny.



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Panel will be formed to help black men, boys

Finally. Millions of black men everywhere must be thankful today,

State Sen. Frederica Wilson knows what a little TLC can do for at-risk black boys.

As the founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the
Miami Democrat has seen troubled teens go from life on the streets to
college graduation.


For the past two years, Wilson, a former Miami-Dade School Board
member, has made it her mission to pass legislation aimed at helping
more black men and boys.

Imagine the irony of a panel to help black men and boys, created by a black woman. That's really a reflection of traditional black culture don't you think? It really couldn't be done any other way.

The 19-member council, which would be run out of the state attorney
general's office, would study the social disparities facing black men
and boys, including high arrest rates, drug abuse and school
performance.


''We need to find some solutions,'' said Wilson, the bill's main
architect. ``We want different people to come to the table to come up
with ideas on how to address these problems.''


Modeled after a successful program in Indiana -- the Commission on
the Social Status of Black Males -- the proposed Florida project would
be made up of politicians, psychologists and officials from a number of
state departments.

What? There won't be any scientologist on the panel? If they can cure heroine addiction in 3 days they should be able to solve the problems of black men and boys in something like, I don't know, 6 weeks?

It's pretty simple isn't it? Respect women, no sex until marriage, no children out of wedlock, study in high school, go to college, get a job, get married. Nearly all of the black men and boys in prison for violent crime or drugs failed to do most, if not all, of those things. Those are all the things I tell my 15 year old I want from him. Imagine the clarity of it all.

Responsibility. Accountability. Hard Work. Those are some amazing attributes for anybody - man, woman or child.

'Black men seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole usually,''
said state Rep. Frank Peterman Jr., a St. Petersburg Democrat who filed
the House bill. ``We need to come up with innovative ways to turn the
tide.''

The push is especially important to Peterman, who is black, because
of his childhood experiences in St. Petersburg. Several of his friends
died at young ages from gun-shot wounds, beatings and stabbings, he
said.

Yet, somehow, Rep. Peterman made it to the Florida House of Representatives? That's just not possible according to the mythos perpetrated by people like Sen Wilson. Is he a black man? Why isn't he in prison? Maybe he did somehting different with his childhood? Stayed out of trouble? Went to school? Went to college? Got married? Maybe the Rep. Peterman already knows the answer, but the democrat in him just won't let it out. It would be much better to spend taxpayer dollars to create a self serving commission to eventually create more programs designed to "help" black men and boys.

The truth is black men aren't at the bottom of any totem pole, but the government and self serving politicians want to put them there. They want black men to think that's where they are and they tell them everyday that's where they are, and they tell them it's not their fault and somebody else should be doing something about it, do something for them, help them, give them what they need. They tell black men that because it gives people like Sen. Wilson and Rep. Peterman power, it gives them a reason to get reelected - to get, and unltimately, give black men what they need to succeed.

Seriously though, this is my commentary -

Black men, all men, have the power to do great things in spite of great odds and overwhelming pressure to do destructive things. Most boys learn this from their fathers. That's where it should start.

Let the hate mail commence.

House bill. Senate bill (substituted with house bill).

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April 27, 2006

Gas prices not surprising or engineered

Thanks to one of my favorite NC bloggers David Boyd, I read the most interesting article today.

I don't want to call attention to that blubbering populist idiot Bill O'Reilly, but his latest piece is so uninformed and ignorant that when I saw this post rebuking him I knew right away I had to post it.

...his [O'Reilly's] latest column demonstrates he is a big proponent of the idea that high gas prices -- which are a violation of your inalienable right to be insulated from market forces -- are the result of a “cabal” of “Big Oil” “fat cats.” I believe Hugo Chavez holds a similar belief.

Mr. O’Reilly rejects the notion that high gasoline prices are related to simple supply and demand, stating: “Gasoline supplies are at an eight year high, according to OPEC. There is plenty of gas selling on the open market, more than enough to meet the worldwide demand. So rising gas prices are not a supply and demand issue.”

That would be fabulous proof of a cabal, if only gasoline were a raw material -- as Mr. O’Reilly pretends to believe. But gasoline is not pumped from the ground or drained from maple trees. It is a manufactured product made out of crude oil and I believe that crude oil is somewhat more expensive than it used to be.

To understand 90% of everything one needs to know about gasoline prices, all one has to do is examine the following chart. Drawn from data secretly compiled by the Energy Information Administration, which I found on the Internet, it shows the price of the four major factors (not O’Reilly Factors, mind you) that actually determine the cost of gasoline: 1) crude oil, 2) taxes, 3) refining, and 4) distribution and marketing.
      

 


 
  Let’s see if we can figure out which one of these factors has somehow changed recently.
 

I love that graph. For those of you who can't read graphs the two factors that have lead to an increase in gas prices are the price of crude oil (which is directly tied to supply and demand - China anyone? - and to uncertainty in the market - terrorism anyone?) and to the rising cost of refining which is directly linked to increased regulation and limits on refining capacity, thank you Congress. Mystery solved.

He goes on to explain the mysteries of the free market and how futures orders on commodities works, then tries to pull back the curtain on the conspiracy behind higher gas prices and who's to blame. My favorite? Number 5.

...if you must have high crude oil prices explained by conspiracies, then here is a partial list:   

  1. The Chinese. This is an insidious plot of 1.3 billion people who are tired of living in huts, eating dirt and riding bicycles. They have demonically entered the world economy in a major way and earned so-called “money,” with which they have bought so-called “motor vehicles.” This has driven up the paper price of oil. The “Indians” are also involved in a similar plot.

              
  2. Petro-nut jobs. This conspiracy involves the leaders of major oil producing countries, like Iran and Venezuela and Saudi Arabia and Iraq, pretending to be crazy or unstable. This makes people want to foolishly stockpile oil or oil purchasing rights against future uncertainty. Thus driving up the paper price of oil.

              
  3. Corn farmers. This conspiracy involves large corn farming corporations, which have convinced most people that ethanol, made from corn, can replace oil from petro-nut jobs. This ignores the facts that it takes more energy to make corn ethanol than it contains, and that, if the entire corn crop of the United States were turned into ethanol, it could replace only 2.5% of the gasoline we currently use. If you still want to eat, though, corn will have to replace something less than 2.5%. Adding this wonder fuel to gasoline has driven up its so-called paper price at the pump.

              
  4. Environmentalists. This open conspiracy works to make sure we cannot drill for oil in America and thus increase supply and decrease price. This cabal also works to make sure that any large-scale alternative to oil is considered bad. Coal is bad. Natural gas is bad. Nuclear is bad. Hydropower is bad. Even wind is bad, if it blocks views or harms birds. Solar is good, but will become bad as soon as it is more practical. Restricting energy supplies can drive up the imaginary paper price of so-called gasoline.

              
  5. Congress. This is a conspiracy composed of a race of supermen who know everything. They know who you should hire, how much water a toilet should use, and where roads or yodeling museums need to be. They know how much you should earn, how much sugar belongs in ketchup and what the fuel of the future will turn out to be. They know how to make baseball better, schools smarter, bread yummier, and democracy more stable. They know what seeds to plant and cows to milk and trees to cut and businesses to smile upon. They know how much high gas prices hurt working families, how big those families should be, and how many hours they should work. They know everything -- including how you should really make gasoline. Such knowledge is not cheap and thus drives up the price of gasoline, at least on so-called paper.

              
  6. Folks. Folks love to drive big cars, and to be warm, or cool, and to have lights and possessions. This conspiracy drastically increases demand without regard for supply. Thus increasing the so-called price on so-called paper.
   

There you have it. High gas prices are the result of conspiracies.

Sounds an awful lot like liberal talking points. It's unfortunate that so many republicans are calling for an investigation into gas profits. Instead, they should be talking about these reforms.

April 26, 2006

What in the wide world of sports is going on?

Please forgive me for my long absence from PEER Review but I have been EXTREMELY busy as my wife is currently in the nesting phase of pregnancy.  Yes, another Republican will be here sometime in May. We'll get him to start blogging as soon as he can repeat "Rove rocks!"

Seriously, I haven't seen too much on the Duke Lacrosse incident. (That was funny, wasn't it).  Living here about 20-25 minutes from Duke, that is all we hear about, so I thought I would share my thoughts on the incident.  I use the term "incident" because I am one of the few who still say  a person is innocent until proven guilty.

Let me say, as an observer - not as a Republican, that it is my opinion that the DA is just trying to get elected.  He has NOTHING but testimony so far, which in this case, won't get him a conviction.  Like it or not, a stripper's testimony against a Duke college student's testimony will get a net result of crap.  That's not anything new, you've all heard of attorney's attacking the character of witnesses; this would not be any different, nor should it be. 

On character, the accuser isn't giving Nifong much to work with. Her CHOSEN profession instantly counts against her - again, just being realistic.  I'm not passing judgment here.  Any of you who have children would believe your child if he said he didn't do it irregardless of what she says.  There is evidence that she was already bruised and beat up when she got to the lacrosse players place.  She was COMPLETELY wasted later (per an officers account) when they were trying to get her out of someone else's car.  Her nail polish was found on the stairwell.  She says from the struggle, the boys say she was doing her nails there.  There are photos of her with nail polish at the house.  She " positively 100%" identified two of her attackers.  Turns out, one of the guys that she said absolutely did it wasn't even in the house when the attack could have taken place.  There is evidence of that.

The "other" stripper (don't believe in the term exotic dancer) hasn't been any help either.  She at first said she knew nothing of an attack.  She then sends an email to a public relations firm in NY asking "how to spin this" to her advantage.  It seems she knows something about taking advantage of a situation.  She was convicted in 2001 for embezzling money from her employer.  She was arrested eight days after the Duke party for violating probation related to that conviction.  A local judge decided she no longer had to pay the 15% fee to a local bonding agent and the only person who could stop that decision was...that's right, the DA.  As soon as Nifong signed a letter saying he wouldn't oppose the judge's decision, she began to sing a different tune.  Now she is sure that an attack took place even though, by her own admission, she hasn't seen anything.  NC politics right there folks.  Just ask Jim Black.

Anyway, do you see what I'm getting at?  Just because I say Kate is really a closet Republican doesn't make it so.  Also, she doesn't (or shouldn't) have to prove her innocence, I would (should) have to prove her guilt.  Why is it okay to put these guys out there as accused rapists, pictures and all, and she gets her tuition paid by the "look at me and how great I am - Jesse Jackson" Rainbow Coalition?

Also, both strippers have said they strip to feed their children. What does that have to do with this situation?  I joined the military and used the GI Bill to get through college so I can support my family.  I dare say that if you can dance all night you can probably pass boot camp.  My point being, we all have options.  Live with the choices you make.  If you choose to strip, don't expect the rest of us to feel sorry for how you have to feed your children.  Do you feel sorry for me because I'm an Accountant?  Of course not, I don't expect you to either.

I have re-read this post because of the seriousness of the accusations.  I'm sure some of you will think that I have made up my mind on this but I haven't.  If any of these guys have attacked, raped, or beaten anyone, I'd love nothing more than to have them castrated on national TV (I have no patience with a "man" that would beat a woman). I do feel however, that is absolutely wrong to indict anyone on the basis that "she said so-and-so."  Hence, the reason I believe, as I stated earlier, Nifong is just trying to get re-elected.  As a DA, he knows he has nothing.  The DNA showed nothing and one of the guys accused wasn't even there.  He can always indict and arrest the guilty parties later when/if he does have/get evidence, which is exactly what he should do.

Lastly, have you noticed the lack of Sharpton presence?  That's because local's told him not to show his face here.  It seems he would do more damage than good because of his ties to a similar situation in the past.  Believe it or not, people do lie sometimes.

Mr. H

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April 24, 2006

Hot Air

Hot Air has officially launched. The new video blogging experiment by Michelle Malkin.

Since she's the biggest blogger out there I would be surprised if you don't know about this already, but most of my readers seem to be liberals (what's up with that? Conservatives, get your friends to read PEER Review FL!) so maybe you don't know already.

Question of the day, should PEER Review FL start on the video blogging craze?


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I'm sick and tired of taxes

I've been fighting a little something in my head and throat for a few days and it seems to be getting worse. Except for some local Tallahassee news, todays state news is nothing new. I'll post something tomorrow.

Regarding the local news....

My wife and I have been thinking of buying a house in the area. Thinking of calling Tallahassee home for a while. It's either here or Jacksonville.

It's clear from this article Bob Rackleff is going to vote to increase property taxes in Leon County to the highest levels in the state. if it goes through, my wife and I won't be buying a house here and that's a critical issue for Leon county. The county needs more people our age, with our skills and our income. The town is full of the young, poor and uninsured, and their costs are being covered by the older, executive and near retirement community.  Most of the middle aged middle management group comes here, rents for a few years, then leaves. That's a economic structure ripe for future failure. The county's answer is to raise property taxes and scare away the very group of people they need to attract?

Considering the very liberal Bob Rackleff is up for reelection and he is facing several candidates, including one very well financed Frank Mayernick, I can't believe he would openly suggest support for such a large tax increase, in spite of his liberal positions. I will propose the idea that he is tired of fighting battles with the commissioners, several of whom don't really like him anyway, and will be thinking if he's going to lose he will be going out in a blaze of glory. A less talented candidate familiar with this city and his history would chalk this up to Bob being Bob. But Mayernick should, and probably will, hang this albatross around Bob Rackleff's neck. Proposing to raise taxes to the highest in the state in an election year is suicide for conservatives and liberals alike.

And another thing, how throurough of a study could it have been if their only answer was to raise taxes to the highest levels in the state?




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April 19, 2006

Culture of life fighting back

I thought this article an excellent addendum to recent posts. Women who've had abortions (as opposed to women who help them have abortions) are speaking out in support of recent South Dakota actions banning all abortions except in instances of rape. HEre's what they are saying -

"It's not a popular voice ... but it's one that needs to get out," said Karen Bodle... she said she "suffered from chronic depression, feelings of shame and worthlessness" as well as miscarriages and troubled pregnancies.

"I was in denial over the truth of abortion for over 20 years," said Mrs. Bodle, who feels she was "lied to and deceived" when she was told that the fetus wasn't a baby and that the abortion would allow her to fully live her life. "I believe that information still is denied to women," she said.

Cynthia Collins, who had her first abortion as a 19-year-old and then took a "downward spiral," said the nation has "only heard one side" of the debate.

"We were sold a bill of goods that abortion is a good thing, and when we find out that it's not, we're told to be quiet," said the Louisiana resident, who also told her story to the task force. That mentality is finally starting to change, she said, and "as those voices are heard, then we're going to see the true picture."

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White House Face Lift

I thought I would switch things up with some national politics today. 

While I was a little broken hearted over the resignation of the immovable mountain called Scott McClellan,  I was very excited to see that Tony Snow, a Fox News Radio host (The Tony Snow Show) is a possible option for replacement.

So it looks like the administration is going for a face lift after all.  But does it matter?  I suggest that it really will not.  While those who follow politics will note the change in faces, I don't think it is a stretch to say that most Americans really won't be that interested in the change up.  Further, I highly doubt that this will have any real effect on the administration's policy positions, and that's what counts.  While this may be the "new, friendlier" White House, it will still be hard on Iran, it will still push the same agenda, with perhaps even more vigor than before.

Replace the entire cabinet, all of the arguments against the previous cabinet will still be there.

April 11, 2006

Wonder where he learned those skills?

Video of Fl State Senator and democrat Gary Siplin eluding cameras by slipping out the office back door and scaling a fence before entering a waiting car. Riveting.

Some lawmakers smile when charged. Others, jump the fence.


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Catching up

You probably noticed I haven't been around the ol' computer in the past few weeks. Recently I have been spending some spare time catching up and what not. So, naturally, I found my way to IMAO (Under Florida Bloggers). About a week ago he posted a brief history of Iran. It's so brief, and accurate, I think everyone should read it. In fact, here it is -

A BRIEF HISTORY OF IRAN

Long, long ago, an explorer headed out east. He didn't make it to the far east, but he did make it to the middle of the east. He decided to settle the land since that was easier than heading back. His name was Josh Iran, and he named the area after himself. It was a great land, and the people grew many trees, flowers, and caterpillars and spent their free time driving though the desert in dune buggies. Then came the radical Islamists who said, "Mohammed told us to kill whoever doesn't believe what Mohammed says!" Many were opposed to these people, though. And there was much kung fu fighting. Neither side had an advantage, but then Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States and instantly everything in the world was screwed up. Thus, the radical Islamist took over, and the Ayatollahs, who fashioned themselves after ZZ Top, the most feared band ever, ruled with an iron fist. When not kicking kittens, they help fund terrorist and seek nuclear weapons - like all evil people. This continues to this day and won't stop until we smack them around a bit.

The world make so much more sense when it can be summed up in one little paragraph. I think this is why liberals don't understand the world. Their stories are so long and boring that when they get to the end they don't remember the beginning. You know, when Josh Iran left home. But this, this is succint, to the point, and it hits all the high points, just the way I remember history class from my youth. Ok, class, how's your memory?

Quick Quiz

1) Who found(ed) Iran?.............................................................................................................................Josh Iran!

2) What was a popular activity practiced by ancient Iranians?.....................................................Driving dune buggies!

3) Who ruined the world?..................................................................................................................Jimmy Carter!

4) Who was the most feared band of the eighties?......................................................................ZZ Top! (this was a trick question because IMAO doesn't actually say ZZ TOP was from the eighties but any real historian would know this information so this question was meant to separate the A's from the B's)

5) What are the common characteristics of evil people?.............................................................They kick kittens and seek nuclear weapons!

Thanks for participating. Each question is worth 20 points and if you didn't include and exclamation after your answer subtract .3 points. Self grade your test and post your score in the comments section. Thanks to IMAO for the history lesson. Next week, geography and Mexico!


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April 06, 2006

Illegal immigration isn't a problem in Mexico

Here's why.


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April 05, 2006

"The men of Islam are obsessed with sex beyond even the wildest imaginings of the Western male's mind."

Must read.

...it is practically impossible to be more obsessed with sexual matters than they are in Muslim communities.

Consider for a moment a culture that would prefer to let young girls die in
a burning building than to risk having them run out of said building
not clothed in properly modest dress; and tell me that such a society
is less preoccupied with matters of sex than we are in the West.
Liberating women would probably do more to advance freedom in the Middle East than giving them democracy.


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April 04, 2006

Rep. Cynthia McKinney - What the Ds Aren’t Saying

*A PEER Review reader submission.*

By now, unless you’ve been traveling abroad or resting comfortably under a rock, you’ve heard about the scuffle with Congressman (can’t bear to say “congresswoman”) Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia) and the Capitol Police. If you’ve ever worked in any facility where you have to be clearly identified by some external ornament - e.g. Congressional pin, i.d. badge, pocket protector, what have you - before passing through security measures which are in place to protect you and your colleagues, then you know the basic fact is to WEAR IT. If Rep. McKinney had done this, she would not be in a place having to defend her potentially felonious actions.

What is troubling through this ordeal is not what the Democrats are saying, but rather what they are not saying. Nancy Pelosi (and let’s face it - I rejoiced when she beat out personable, handsome, consensus-building Harold Ford for minority leader because Ford is someone who could be dangerous to the power the Republicans hold) in her own special way has proclaimed to the citizenry of this great nation “I would not make a big deal of this.” Of course you wouldn’t, Nancy, because one of your own was involved. This is the same woman who said of the Bush Administration after Dick Cheney’s hunting incident “They think they are above the law and above accountability to the American people.” I think this is a case of "Hello, Kettle, I'm Pot - we're black."

Pelosi gets closer to opening mouth and inserting foot when she states the whole incident boils down to “a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress.” To her credit, she went on to acknowledge that the officer involved was not to blame. So, correct me if I’m wrong, then, but if the officer is not at fault, and McKinney does not dispute that she took a shot so to speak at the officer, that makes McKinney at fault. You could boil it down to an unfortunate accident, but according to the Ds and their philosophy on Dick Cheney, accidents don’t happen and it is all about fault. You can’t have it both ways, folks.

Charges of racial profiling and politicizing this incident have been lodged. Do we honestly believe that allowing McKinney to assault a police officer is solely based on race? Anyone of color should be railing against this blanket statement. How many members of Congress have graciously waited for security to verify their identities because they, too, forgot their pins (or had makeovers)? Did they suspect race as a motivation, or perhaps did they recognize the enhanced security needs? If there have been instances where Capitol Police have abused their power at the expense of race, then let us punish that as well. It should not be tolerated. A crime is a crime is a crime.

One could argue that if McKinney gets off without punishment, it is because she is a member of Congress, and therefore afforded privileges that “regular” citizens don’t receive. Imagine if this had been a young man who was to meet with his Congressman about a sensitive issue and then a scuffle ensues. Had he behaved in the same manner, there would not be this uproar. Rather, the police would be praised for squelching a potentially dangerous situation.

Note to Cynthia - bringing out your favorite celebrities and leaders to stand beside you because you want to make this a race thing isn’t going to work. From what I’ve read, they’ve got video available showing the intensity of the scuffle, and it will be might difficult to continue with your claim. And certainly, I hope that you learned from the Isaac Hayes incident and didn’t pay for this little assembly with tax dollars.

McKinney “regrets” the incident, but refuses to issue an apology. It all boils down to character. Character is when you know you have erred, you seek forgiveness, and you accept your punishment, whether it be a formal charge leveled against, or the feedback from the court of public opinion.

Note to the Democrats - if you want to bring back legitimacy to your party, you need to take a stand and let your constituencies know that you are not above the law and you do not condone mistreatment of those who are in place to protect you. That is character, and I look forward to looking at your party one day and seeing more than a handful with it.

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March 10, 2006

Doing my part

Abajo_fidelTranslation - "Down with Fidel."
Freedom of speech rocks.

File under WTF?

Muslims are crazy. That's all there is to it. Check out this story up today at Michelle Malkin.

Apparently, a muslim paper printed the Danish cartoons everybody is throwing a hissy fit about back in February. Now, this guy, Muhammad Al-Asadi, is facing death for publishing them.

Up to 21 prosecution lawyers called for the death penalty for Mohammed Al-Asadi, the Editor-in-Chief of the Yemen Observer, and the permanent closure of the newspaper, during Al-Asadi’s trial on Wednesday.

Al-Asadi, who denies all charges, is accused in connection with allegations of republishing insulting cartoons first printed in Denmark of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The newspaper published thumbnail images of the cartoons in the February 4 edition, which were obscured with a thick black cross.

You read that right. The cartoons, in thumbnail form, were crossed out obscuring the image. So why you ask is he facing charges? According to him others in the community tried to blackmail his paper and when they refused to payup - booyow - charges and death penalty now loom. Sounds like the PLO, PA, Hezbollah, Iranian, Syrian, Rainbow Coalition, Nation of Islam ... pretty much every muslim community I've ever read about.

Twelve of the prosecution lawyers turned up to the trial, crowding and jostling each other in the busy court room. Several times the lawyers disagreed among themselves, and the judge ordered them to organize their team better.

They also demanded personal financial compensation for the psychological trauma they claimed they suffered by the actions of the newspaper, which they said has impaired their ability to do their jobs and follow their normal daily lives...

It sounds like these guys appointed themselves prosecutors and just showed up on the trial date. They've got a real kangaroo court system over there. That's sharia law for you. Don't get me started on asking for financial compensation suffered by reading newspapers. If that were legal in this country I'd be on the Forbes list. (I wonder if I can get money for pain and suffering from reading blogs?)

Anyway, what you don't know so far is the paper was actually condemning the cartoons. It wasn't a form of secular protest or defiant journalist making a statement. This guy, this paper, are totally on board with condemning the cartoons.

...The defense team read out an Arabic translation of the two articles that accompanied the crossed out images of the cartoons.

They said that the articles made it clear that the newspaper had condemned the cartoons, had defended Islam and the Prophet (PBUH), and had reported the different reactions from all across the Arab and Islamic world.

They demanded that the translations be included in the file case.

However, both Attorney General and the prosecution team both claimed that the charges rested on the pictures alone, and that the accompanying articles were therefore not part of the case.

Where's a good trial lawyer when you need one?

So here's the story - Muslim paper wants to fuel the flames of hatred and violence, wants to make a profit, decides to print barely legible but still identifiable thumbnail images of the cartoons in question, denounces them and editorializes to the people about the "proper" way to praise Mohhamed, and for their efforts they get blackmailed, petitioned, shut down, property seized, journalist arrested, jailed and now facing death.

What's that saying? You reap what you sow?

The prosecution lawyers claimed that Al-Asadi and the Yemen Observer should thank them for seeking to solve the issue through the court, and avoid potentially violent reactions from people on the street. However, the defense team said they regarded such comments as a veiled threat of violence.

Thank them. Yeah. That's what they should do.

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March 03, 2006

Jeb Bush - He has no equal

In a state like Florida you need to seize the opportunity and deal with the problems and move on. This is not a static place. This is not a place for stasis thinking. This is a place for dynamic action.

Sieze it he did. Trendsetter. Policy wiz. Leader. Cost cutter. Most Floridians will not truly acknowledge or recognize the tremendous good Jeb Bush has brought to this state until he has been out of office for a couple years. Although, some may already be looking forward.

None of Bush’s likely successors at this point appears to have either the understanding of policy or the passion Bush marshaled to keep the educational boulder moving. And move it he did. While some continued to criticize the FCAT, Bush’s policies — grading schools, holding systems accountable — forced communities back into schools, narrowed achievement gaps between whites and minority groups, and stimulated significant achievement gains overall.

There's tons to read. If you admire what he has accomplished I recommend reading,not just because of the successes, but the failures and honest mistakes he accepts as the leader of this state. All in all, he was the first Governor to reverse the overall trend of growing government to solve our problems. It didn't always work, but overall, the state of Florida couldn't be in better shape and it's still moving foward.

What happens after Bush leaves will determine Florida politics for decades to come. A GOP candidate could solidify Florida as a conservative state, dedicated to accountability and prudent spending. A democrat could reverse nearly every policy initiative Bush fought for in a few short years. If you enjoy your job, the prosperity of this state, the rising standards in education and increased business opportunities Florida has to offer, then you should hope for the former. If you think Florida should be doing more to provide aid, comfort, assistance and public resources to failing schools, businesses, criminals, and illegal aliens then you should hope for the latter - and expect more of the like to join us.

However, future Governors, no matter which party they belong to, are almost certain to raise taxes. It's inevitable. Building favor in the halls of the capitol mean distributions, cash, and jobs. Some agencies reverse the decline in positions seen during the Bush tenure, some will grow again after many years of stagnation, some will receive the funding long denied by Bush (and for good reason), some privatization efforts will be returned to state oversight and some jobs left unfilled will be filled by supporters of the new administration.  Favors long ago promised to legislators for future support will be backed up. Funding for local districts and "turkeys" often vetoed will be approved. Kickbacks mean money. Higher taxes.

Let's hope nobody gets carried away.

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March 01, 2006

Iraqi Civil War?

What good is organization without candid communication and effective strategy? Gallagher is not doing the right thing, right now, and I hate to criticize GOP candidates... so I will talk about something else.

Iraqi Civil War?

You are being lied to. By elements in the media determined that Iraq must fail. Just give 'em the Bronx cheer.
That's the assesment of MSM coverage by reporter Ralph Peters of the New York Post. I agree.


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February 24, 2006

Tax day

I saw the story on Gallagher, and I'm interested. I saw the story on dems fundraising problems and I think it goes to my point made in these comments. And I particularly find the poll results of this Q poll to be interesting.

But, I have been working on taxes and I plan to finish it up today, so, no posting from me. You could always leave a comment with requests.

Mr. C

February 10, 2006

Abortion Prohibition Heating Up

This has nothing to do with FL, but is too good to pass up. 

Yesterday, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to ban abortion.  Amendments to the bill to allow exemptions for rape, incest and "health" reasons were rejected, but it does include a provision allowing the procedure if the mother is in danger of dying.  The measure now goes to the State Senate.

Apparently this is an effort to spark a case to get the matter to the US Supreme Court.  Great idea, bad timing.  As I've discussed before, despite the Roberts and Alito confirmations, the majority of the Court is still in favor of the fictitional right to abortion (Ginsberg, Kennedy, Stevens, Souter, Breyer).

While I don't see this effort going anywhere productive, it does show that we are ready.  All we need is one more textualist on the Supreme Court.

What would this mean for Florida?  Find out here.

February 08, 2006

Liberalism Has Lost Its Way

* Cross posted at Heartland Values

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Modern day liberals have completely changed what the classic definition of what it truly means to be a liberal. Why have they changed it? To better suit what they want it to mean, and completely ignore the foundation of the real liberal political philosophy.

According to dictionary.reference.com, liberalism is partially defined as "a 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology." Modern day liberalism is defined by not one of those descriptions, but by extended government oversight, overtaxing people who have achieved success, pandering to the special interests of trial lawyers and gays, and embracing the likes of Cindy Sheehan.

Liberalism is further defined as "an economic theory advocating free competition and a self-regulating market and the gold standard." Does the liberalism of 2006 embrace these classical liberal definitions? Let's just say that their silence on those points is deafening.

Conservatism is defined as "the inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order" and "a political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions, distrust of government activism, and opposition to sudden change in the established order."

Since liberals/Democrats are wont to throw around the "neoconservative" name, like it is a profanity to be called such, is defined as "an intellectual and political movement in favor of political, economic, and social conservatism that arose in opposition to the perceived liberalism of the 1960s: “The neo-conservatism of the 1980s is a replay of the New Conservatism of the 1950s, which was itself a replay of the New Era philosophy of the 1920s.” "

Just for perspective, communism is defined as "a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people." Further, it is defined as "a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society."

Classless society? That explains the class warfare, the rich vs poor argument that Democrats espouse so well. "...All goods are equally shared by the people" illustrates the advocacy of higher taxes for the people who are successful in earning more, the doctors, CEOS, and attorneys of the world. Democratsts/liberals certainly embrace that line of thinking.

The grand point to be taken from this piece is simple: modern day liberalism is more closely aligned with the classic communism theory. Though there will be some that will say I am exaggerating the point, upon closer examination of what the communism theory of government embraces, and the rhetoric that is offered by the left wing liberals and their mouthpiece organizations (moveon.org, NARAL, NOW, etc), the differences are not so different.

Stacy Cole

January 26, 2006

If only every bank were like this

BB&T has announced it,

“will not lend to commercial developers that plan to build condominiums, shopping malls and other private projects on land taken from private citizens by government entities using eminent domain.”

Chip Mellor of IJ says,

“BB&T’s principled stand sets an example that should inspire other lenders and should become the new industry standard,” said Institute for Justice President and General Counsel Chip Mellor.  The Institute for Justice litigated the Kelo case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the taking of private property for someone else’s private use in the guise of “economic development.”  Mellor said, “You can and should accomplish economic development through private negotiation, not the use of government force through eminent domain.  As far as we’re concerned, BB&T now stands for Best Bank in Town.”

BB&T has always had fees and prices a little out of my range, but with policies like this I can appreciate that they respect the free market and private enterprise enough to not take part in Government theft.

BB&T will get my future business. (HT David Boyd.)

January 25, 2006

Have you seen this girl?

24 year old Jennifer Kesse of Orlando was last heard from on Monday night and is now missing. If you see her, her car, or have any information about where she may be please contact the Orlando Police Department or other law enforcement authorities, or call 1-800-423-TIPS.

NAME: JENNIFER KESSE

DOB: 05/20/1981
RACE: White
SEX: Female
HEIGHT: 5-07
WEIGHT: 130
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Green
LKA: 3735 Conroy Rd.

CASE #2006-32039

VEHICLE INFORMATION: 2004 black Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Florida
Tag H90KYC

CASE DETAILS:

THE ABOVE LISTED PERSON WAS LAST HEARD FROM ON 01/23/2006AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 HOURS. SHE DID NOT SHOW UP FOR WORK ON 01/24/2006. HER VEHICLE IS ALSO MISSING. THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR IS VERY UNCHARACTERISTIC. SHE HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO TELETYPE AS MISSING-ENDANGERED.

Anyone with information may call the Orlando Police Department or Crimeline 1-(800)423-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to $1000 reward

News Coverage. Video.

Reward Flyer with photo's..

January 13, 2006

More on Ron Klein

taint - Function: verb

Main Entry: 1taint
Pronunciation: 'tAnt
  
transitive senses
1 : to contaminate morally : CORRUPT  <scholarship tainted by envy>
2 : to affect with putrefaction : SPOIL
3 : to touch or affect slightly with something bad  <persons tainted with prejudice>
intransitive senses
1 obsolete : to become weak
2 : to become affected with putrefaction : SPOIL

Following up on yesterday, this Jan. 7 piece in the Sun-Sentinel tying corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff to FL Sen. Ron Klein.

In Florida, both his [Abramhoff] SunCruz casino boat operation and two SunCruz partners, Adam Kidan and Ben Waldman, contributed to candidates, including state Sens. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, and Mandy Dawson, D-Fort Lauderdale, both of whom represent Palm Beach and Broward counties.

In 2001, Klein and Dawson each received $500 from SunCruz, $500 from Kidan, and $500 from Waldman. SunCruz gave the state Republican Party $5,000, dwarfing the total contributions to individuals.

Abramoff pleaded guilty this week to federal charges in connection with his 2000 purchase of SunCruz and Kidan pleaded guilty last month.

Klein is challenging Congressman Clay Shaw.  However, small this link may appear at first glance, I suspect there may be more to this story.

Kleins campaign manager, Brian Smoot, went on to say,

Smoot said his candidate wouldn't be tarnished. "If anybody would try to link Ron Klein to Jack Abramoff, that's pretty ridiculous."

Still, he said, Klein would use his own money to give the amount of any contributions even remotely related to Abramoff or SunCruz to a Florida hurricane relief charity.

But if Klein and his campaign are also going to say they aren't lobbyist, when they so clearly are, then why should we believe he doesn't know these people, who are also lobbyist, when it is very likely he not only knows them, but probably knows them personally. Klein does represent gambling and casino interests doesn't he? It's not a very large group of people and Tallahassee is a small town.

Also, has Klein made the donations he said he would make? Which charities received the money? How deep does the rabbit hole go?

Sadly, more questions, and not many answers. Klein's office has not yet responded to my email. I'll post it when they do.

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January 11, 2006

What will Judge Alito's Confirmation Mean for Abortion in Florida?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

With the confirmation hearings in full swing, everyone is buzzing about whether or not Judge Alito would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if confirmed to the Supreme Court. Based on his judicial record, my projection would be the same one that almost everyone is coming to; yes. But what does that mean? Conservatives have been quick to point out that overruling Roe doesn’t mean an end to abortion; it just means that the decision on whether to allow abortions is kicked back to the states. 

So what would happen to abortion in Florida?

Before I answer, I would be remiss if I did not make the quick aside that Alito’s confirmation, and even his vote against Roe, does not result in Roe being overturned. Yet. As I discussed in September, Alito’s addition to the Court brings the Roe Justice match up to 5 in favor, 4 against (assuming Roberts, as we have been assured, is a strict constructionalist; I’m not convinced yet). So before the battle over Roe begins, we need one more. 

But let’s suppose we have one more. Suppose my dreams have come true and in the wake of Justice Ginsberg’s celebrated retirement Robert Bork is re-nominated and finally confirmed as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Roe is overturned and there is much rejoicing.

But let me assure you, nothing, absolutely nothing changes in Florida. Yet.

The foundation of Roe v. Wade is the imaginary constitutional principle known as the “right to privacy”. You see, six current Supreme Court Justices, just like many six year old girls, have imaginary friends. But instead of friends who visit in flowery hats to drink imaginary tea, a Justice’s imaginary friend is a non-existent Constitutional principle which magically appears whenever they run out of arguments founded in actual law (although Justice Stevens has been reportedly seen wearing a dress and drinking imaginary tea with his friend Privacy). One of the major reasons Roe v. Wade would be struck because of the imaginary nature of this friend; the now strict constructionalist majority of the Court would announce, not necessarily an end to privacy analysis, but that even if it does exist, it does not encompass abortion. Thus, abortion is outside the reach of the Court and the States must decide.

But in Florida, that imaginary friend isn’t imaginary. Article 1, Section 23 of the Florida Constitution expressly provides for the right to privacy. Although, that really doesn’t matter because even if it wasn’t there are currently 5 Florida Supreme Court Justices who would just make it up if they felt the needed. Until there is either a Florida Constitutional amendment to provide that abortions are an exception to this section and can be prohibited by the legislature AND a 3 member change on the Florida Supreme Court abortion will remain legal in this state.

Sleep well Florida liberals, though you will not have any state wide elected officials, your “right” to continue slaying the innocent remains secure, for now But know this, no matter how long it takes, years or generations, we will bring the slaughter to an end.

Mr. G

Hugo Chavez -Socialist dumba##

As soon as I read this post at Publius Pundit I knew I would link to it. Chavez and his socialist policies are wrecking Venezuala. There are reports of shortages for coffee, meat, flour, corn, electricity....

Hugo Chavez would have you believe that to support him to is to tap a bottomless well of free goodies, cost-free, accountable only to him. And that the only reason there is any cost at all for things is the ‘greed’ of merchants.

Like I said, SD.

January 04, 2006

Fed Ex Orange Bowl - FSU vs. Penn St.

The best bowl game this year. Hands down.

Big kudo's to the FSU defense and special teams.

And, if it wasn't for the inane play calling down the stretch, particularly in overtime, FSU could have won that game. Who throws to the sideline twice when all you have to do is kick the field goal to win? Give your kicker a chance for crying out loud.

January 03, 2006

Why gay politics shouldn't be political at all...

NC State English Professor RV Young isn't making the political claim I am in this title (or at least not directly), but his debunking of the myth of homosexual genetic predisposition - through the use of language no less - implies that if there is, "no there, there" (i.e. tautologically speaking the term “homosexual” is nonsensical), then we should not assign rights or political protection to a "class" of people who do not technically exist, much less allow any grouping of misguided claimants to prescribe /proscribe political solutions for the remainder of society.

Additionally, he notes that the bifurcation of the term “sex” into both a class and an act really took hold in the 60’s with use of the term “gender” to describe male and female, thus providing the freedom to counter-culturists to describe the physical act of sex in ways never intended.

Taken to a political conclusion, this line of thinking would remove any discussion of gay politics or political power, marriage amendments or protection, and legal recourse for perceived grievances in society at large. It would be the ultimate victory for the moral majority, their own political Armageddon if you will.

You should read the whole article before posting your thoughts, or criticisms. And be sure to read Guarino's treatment of this same passage, my original source with multiple excerpts. Set aside 15 minutes for both. I would be particularly interested in the comments of any gay bloggers, of which I know at least a few read this blog. Be heard.

December 27, 2005

On the road again...

Fellow readers, I am traversing the great state of North Carolina and building a raucous reputation as I go. I thought I should post a happy holidays to you and hope you all have a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

I am in the Raleigh area today and tomorrow, down to Wilmington on Thursday and Friday, then on to Charleston, SC on Sat., and back to Tallahassee, FL on Sunday. Regular posting will resume on Monday, with intermittent posts between now and then.

 

This trip is not all fun and family, I am also exploring opportunities for Croom Strategies, and I must say I have found one or two. I am looking forward to 2006, and with any luck and faith, so are you. 

More to come in the New Year. We miss the blog, and curiously, my blog addiction has not overtaken my cookie addiction. Go figure. 

Mr. C

December 22, 2005

Yes, Samantha, There Is a God

By Richard Wagner

Editor's Note: With apologies to legendary editorial writer Francis P. Church, of The New York Sun, who wrote the classic "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" response in 1897 to young letter writer Virginia O'Hanlon.

Dear Editor:
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no God, because just before Christmas a federal judge banned a Pennsylvania school district from mentioning "Intelligent Design" in our class. But the judge said Darwin's theory of evolution is OK to teach. Papa says, "If you see it in your newspaper's column, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a God? — Samantha O'Hara


Dearest Samantha,
Your little friends — and the judge — are wrong. They have been misled by cynicism of a cynical age. They put their trust in theories because they are "scientific." Still, they are mere theories nonetheless. And yet, amazingly, they turn their backs on faith, because faith comes from God. They think that nothing can be true unless it can be comprehended by their little minds. All minds, Samantha, regardless of whether they are men's or children's, are little. In this great universe, of which men have managed to explore only one speck, human beings are mere insects, compared with the intelligence that designed the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Samantha, there is a God. He exists as surely as love and generosity and devotion exist. You can prove that existence to yourself: Does the scientific curiosity you experience upon seeing a frog's body pickled in formaldehyde match the pulsating thrill you feel when you follow the boundless adventures of your heart? Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no God! There would be no genuine, steadfast faith. For all faith based on human vanity is as fleeting as a drop of water on steamy summer day. Likewise, theories, manufactured by small minds, can evaporate, comparatively in God's time, in the wink of an eye.

The judge said as much himself. "To be sure, Darwin's theory of evolution is imperfect," he wrote. "However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions." Why, then, is Darwin's theory to be trusted and God's faith is not? God's continual response to all of man's drivel has been the same through all the ages. It is written in the Bible, figuratively, that man, like a dog, has been chasing his tail around throughout all of his history. May not we consider what wags the judge?

Not believe in God? You might as well not believe in the beauty of the human soul. For without it, there could be no faith. There could be no beauty in a dreary world that gorges itself on scientific theory. It would be a world devoid of childlike wonder and euphoria. It would be as dreary as though there were no Samanthas. There could be no magical warmth of a mother's love or of a father's pride. There could be no poetry. There could be no romance. There could be no trust and friendship, for they, too, are based on Godlike faith. All emotion, that which makes us human, would be suppressed, surely making this world more barren and frightening than the impenetrable mind of any mad scientist.

No God? Praise be to Him that he lives and lives forever. A thousands years from now, Samantha, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood—and the truly wisest of men. For without Him and his faith, there would be no world as we know it and trust that it remain—for the sake of all future Samanthas.

Richard Wagner is the editor of Carolina Journal.

December 21, 2005

Good reason to question Bush appointments to the bench

Remember when President Bush nominated Supreme Court Justices only to be criticized by Conservative’s due to a lack of evidence that they would make good judges?

Remember when Conservatives were told to be quiet and trust the Bush Administration because they knew what they were doing and would good on the promise to appoint good judges?

Remember when Conservatives still had their doubts?

Here is a perfect example of why…

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December 20, 2005

Surprise, Surprise

A recent study completed by political scientists from UCLA and the University of Missouri is proving Conservatives right once again. The study which sought to measure political bias from major media outlets concluded that

there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left.
(Emphasis added)

While I doubt that will be a shock to many PEER Review readers, it is still fun to gloat when you are right, right?

The study will appear in this month’s volume of The Quarterly Journal of Economics, but in the meantime, there is a great summation on the UCLA news site. CBS' "Evening News," The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the news pages of The Wall Street Journal were ranked as the most left leaning news sources. "Special Report With Brit Hume" on Fox News and The Washington Times were the only two sources which scored to the right of the average U.S. but were equidistant from the center as ABC's "World News Tonight" and NBC's "Nightly News", and still closer to the center than the farthest left four. Further,

“Five news outlets — "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," ABC's "Good Morning America," CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown," Fox News' "Special Report With Brit Hume" and the Drudge Report — were in a statistical dead heat in the race for the most centrist news outlet.  Of the print media, USA Today was the most centrist.” 

The Drudge Report was even ranked slightly to the left. The researchers contributed this to the fact that Drudge uses mostly reports from other media outlets, which on the whole lean left. The leader of the study, Tim Groseclose said he wasn’t surprised at the tilt left,

But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are.” 

Guess which side NPR was on. Surprise, surprise.

December 15, 2005

Disturbing

I want to be clear about something up front. I disagree on every level with what Planned Parenthood represents and supports. Other than NOW, NARAL, NAACP, Nation of Islam, MoveOn, etc., there can't really be any liberal organization I am as completely opposed to as I am with Planned Parenthood. I believe they should be defunded and shut down. But, as much as I disagree with them and detest everything about them, they profess to support women and protect women which is somewhat laudable. What they do, fund and perform abortion on demand, is legal and government subsidized. Many people who I disagree with will defend them and thus far their position has been in the majority. I can accept the political reality of that. So, that being said, I would expect Planned Parenthood would report and prosecute anyone that could be directly tied to the rape of an 11 year old girl.

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Philly NAACP Prez: Rush was Right, Donovan's 'not that good'

Yup, he's right again Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh was slammed in the media a couple years ago for making comments regarding his opinion of the playing ability of Philadelphia Eagles Quaterback Donovan McNabb and the NFL's desire to promote minority quarterbacks. At the time, Limbaugh said the unthinkable - that McNabb might not be as good as everyone thought. He was an analyst at the time for ESPN and they fired him after the media uproar. Limbaugh is Caucasian-American.

Fast forward to this week. The President of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP now says pretty much the same thing Rush did, reports ESPN.

J. Whyatt Mondesire, who publishes a newspaper for blacks and is the president of the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, recently wrote that the Eagles' star quarterback failed as a team leader and choked in the Super Bowl.

Mondesire: Rush is right, Donny's not that good Mondesire is African-American. I won't even get into the hypocrisy of the media's overreaction to Limbaugh's comments and their snoring over the comments of Mondesire, but it is interesting to note.

Mondesire said the bottom line is that McNabb is "not that good."

"In essence Donny, you are mediocre at best," Mondesire wrote. "And trying to disguise that fact behind some concocted reasoning that African American quarterbacks who can scramble and who can run the ball are somehow lesser field generals ... is more insulting off the field than on."

Rush is vindicated once again. Although, the NAACP will continue to brand him a racist.

My 2 Sense, Maninblack

December 14, 2005

St. Pete Times reporter offers correction

It's a small victory for a growing blog - But, we can't all aim for the NY Times with our first at bat can we?

Nearly two weeks ago I noted something fishy regarding St. Pete Times Reporter Eric Deggans claims.

Last night he confirmed my observations. I may agree or disagree with what he writes and I may think the appropriate person to provide editorial commentary and criticisms of the media are the people who consume it, not the people who produce it, but I can at least recognize when the man has corrected his errors.

Hired at the Times in 1995 as music critic, he decided after 13 months he was getting too old to dodge moshers at Marilyn Manson concerts and moved to television for nine years. Now, after 12 months on the editorial board, he's now critiquing media for the Times and learning how to work his wife's iPod.

Eric, just for the record, I'm with you on the Bill O'reilly thing, but feel free to criticize me or my blog anytime.

Now, check out these interesting tricks to teach your body from Men's Health. (Via Newmark's Door)

Mr. C

December 13, 2005

Life and Science vs. The Culture of Death

Scientists made a breakthrough discovery this week which could literally alter the course and future of medical science and bring to a close one of the nation’s most heated political and philosophical debates. But, it is the prediction of this humble observer that despite the new possibility of a viable scientific alternative to the destruction of newly formed children there is a grand, subversive conspiracy against life itself (coined the “Culture of Death”) which will strain and fight for the continued slaughter of the innocent.

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December 02, 2005

St. Pete Times reporter Eric Deggans inflates his public resume

From Eric Deggans' dislike of Bill O'reilly (whom I also can't stand)

Some have called Eric Deggans the most critical guy in St. Petersburg Times history -- mostly because he's held more critic's jobs than just about anyone else. Hired at the Times in 1997 as music critic, he decided after 13 months he was getting too old to dodge moshers at Marilyn Manson concerts and moved to television for nine years. Now, after 12 months on the editorial board, he's now critiquing media for the Times (bold added) and learning how to work his wife's iPod.

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FL: State Rep. Chris Smith is wrong

From the S. Florida Sun Sentinel (rearranged for effect),

On the morning of Nov. 15, Miramar police reported that a 17-year-old Miramar girl shot Kaliesha Cheatham, also 17, in the shoulder on a school bus headed for Parkway Academy Charter High, where they were both juniors.

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2 Sense from Maninblack 12/1

Presidential Candidate Gets 'Straight Talk' from Insulted Troops

Kingston still gets it right after 12 years The Hill reports that U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) conducted interviews of troops during his second trip to Iraq and had some 'Straight Talk' from them to deliver to Senator and undeclared presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ), conductor of the 2000 'Straight Talk Express'. He said that they feel McCain is misrepresenting their efforts to question terrorist-enemy-detainess by introducing his look-at-me-I'm-running-for-president amendment.

While visiting Iraq this week, Kingston, the House GOP conference vice chairman, said he talked to the enlisted men who deal with prisoners of war.

“They feel that the McCain amendment is not an accurate portrayal of anything that is going on and they are really strongly against it and somewhat insulted by it,” Kingston said of his conversations with the troops. [emphasis added]

“[The prisoners] aren’t people who have committed white collar crime. You do want to get information from them.” He recalled the soldiers saying that those members of the military who broke the laws in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal last year should be appropriately punished.

McCain was unable to comment because he was traveling abroad.

McCain was unable to comment because Kingston has a point! Travelling - what he doesn't have a friggin cell phone when he travels?

Did McCain get idea for amendment from friend Alan Hey McCain, why don't you get off the backs of our troops that are doing things right and focus your efforts on those who are truly trying to hurt Americans. Oh, and check out the Sunday paper - good Christmas deals on cell phones out there, really.

One other thing, The Hill gets it wrong by calling it the "Abu Ghraib torture scandal." What was done to those enemy detainees might be considered humiliating, but it was not torture. Detainees placed into a cheerleader pyramid by some irresponsible soldiers is not the same as political prisoners of Saddam's being placed into one of his rape rooms or having one of his sons smash their genitals with a sledge hammer. Now that's creative interrogation!

"If you don't like it, just don't watch!"

This is what atheists and others on the left tell those of us who object to the rampant sex, violence, and drug use that is increasingly portrayed on network television. To them, we are not allowed to complain about what the networks throw out there under the guise of entertainment and free speech. Fine. I'll just not watch. The Reason for the Season

Now, the godless peeps must do the same for us. If they don't like that Christmas is about Christ, then they shouldn't participate, shouldn't celebrate. They need to stop complaining when Christ is mentioned in school Christmas plays and choral readings.

If there was no Christ, then there really is no Christmas. There's just Hanukkah and New Years to comprise the "Winter Holidays." No, the godless can't hijack Hanukkah either like they are trying to hijack Christmas. In America, Hanukkah is celebrated by five million Jewish people, about 2% of the entire population of the U.S., so I doubt retailers would go out of their way to stock up Hanukkah only aisles if Christmas wasn't there to piggy-back on.

Hanukkah would exist without the retailers because it is not a commerce driven holiday, it is religious. Christmas would exist without the retailers, too - it did for a couple thousand years. But the "Winter Holidays" would not be around if Christmas fell off the calendar.

So, sure, we can continue to call it Winter Holidays to be "inclusive" but the godless really need to stop complaining about Christmas references to Jesus. If you don't like it - then leave it alone and give it back to those of us who celebrate it for Christ.

Besides, the godless have their own new holiday - the hilariously named "Festivus" made-up by the Seinfeld show. So, go steal that holiday - give Christmas back to Christ.

Merry Christ-mas

Identity Crisis in the Halls of the U.S. Senate

I coulda been a coach A few weeks ago, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) wanted to become a General in the U.S. Armed Forces by allowing unlimited involvement of politicians in matters of war. Read our post here. Now, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) feels senators should be sports managers and coaches.

NFL Wide Receiver Terrell Owens was suspended for comments made over the last year which were detrimental to the Eagles quarterback, team, and organization. He is still receiving pay from the Eagles, but the NFL is supporting the Eagles efforts to not allow him to be traded to another team this season.

Offical NFL Loudmouth Bobblehead AP reports that Specter is upset over the treatment of Owens and is raising the specter of an anti-trust hearing before his Senate Judiciary Committee to consider the approach used by the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles in dealing with the Terrell Owens situation.

Sen. Arlen Specter accused the National Football League and the Philadelphia Eagles of treating Terrell Owens unfairly and said he might refer the matter to the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs.

Specter said at a news conference Monday in Harrisburg it was "vindictive and inappropriate" for the league and the Eagles to forbid the all-pro wide receiver from playing and prevent other teams from talking to him.

"It's a restraint of trade for them to do that, and the thought crosses my mind, it might be a violation of antitrust laws," Specter said, though some other legal experts disagreed.

Meddling by the government has never solved anything. The surest way to screw up sports is to allow the Senate to get involved.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch said last week the team's actions were supported by the labor agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association.

"The arbitrator's decision is consistent with our collective bargaining agreement, and it simply enforced the terms of the player's contract," Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesman, said Monday.

"To have an antitrust violation, you have to have a contract or conspiracy in restraint of trade," said Robert McCormick, a law professor at Michigan State University.

Matthew J. Mitten, director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University, said, "We're in the labor arena, not antitrust."

So what, says Specter, it's his committee and he'll do anything he wants. He's from the government and only wants to help.

Senators should be satisfied enough with their job, what with all the power and perks; I wonder why they continually feel the Senate needs to stick its camel nose in tents where it doesn't belong. We don’t need any more generals or sports managers – Hey Specter, stay out of our sports and leave the X's and O's to those who know thier craft!

November 30, 2005

Note to readers

Posting will resume this afternoon. In the meantime check out

John in Carolina
O'blog
Don Surber
David Boyd
Out in Left Field
and The Original Gobbleblog

Also, Home School Buzz
Cigars and Theology
and my favorite article of the day so far, from the Opinion Journal. After reading it try to imagine yourself a GOP voter just after the 06 elections looking towards 08. Sanford is looking pretty good isn't he?

November 29, 2005

The crime of our generation

This is so sad.

Continue reading "The crime of our generation" »

November 22, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted you all to know the C family has already put up our Christmas Tree. A little early? Maybe, but we will be on the road during the Christmas holidays so why not put it up now and post about
it so you can enjoy it too? I don't know if you can really tell, but that's a 9 foot tree.Dscf0003

Definitely the biggest tree I've ever had. Mrs. C says, "No colored lights." I said, "Just wait till we have kids."

We thought the corner with all the windows was the best place to see it, but from the outside you can't see the bottom or the top of the tree and it actually looks kind of funny.

Also, you can see some of our favorite wines and in the very back our National Championship plate and ribbon for our Jack Russell Terrier. We are very proud. If the photo was during the day you could see the nose prints all over the window where the dogs get up in the window sill and watch the squirrels run around the front yard. They do ok until the squirrels jump on the window screen and get right in their faces. Then I have to close the blinds. It reminds me of a friend who used to walk around saying, "I hate squirrels," in a weird, drawn out backwoods kind of dialect. It was kind of creepy and funny at the same time.

Moving on, last night the wind was kicking up and a fairly good sized tree adjacent to the driveway snapped in half and fell across the drive. It missed all three cars equally by about two feet each. If it had hit any of them it would have been tough times around here for quite some time and it really got me thinking about how lucky we are. All it takes it a little wind two feet in either direction and thousands of dollars are gone. I couldn't help but think of all the victims of hurricanes all across the state and the nation. One little tree in my driveway almost shattered our immediate future. For some, they will never get back what the wind took away.

We aren't the richest and we aren't the smartest but we have a lot to be thankful for around the C house and I try not to lose sight of that. Brighter days lie ahead and I believe each day has been better than the last regardless of what could be said for the day's events. My family and I are blessed in all that we have and all that we have accomplished. I hope you can say the same for yourself, and your family, and if you can't I pray that you will be able to one day. I wish the best for you, and even more for my regular visitors. ;-)

Well, that's all for Thanksgiving. We have lot's of family coming into town and I have a ton of work to accomplish in the next six weeks including travel, gift buying, job hunting and studying up for the GRE in January (I am thinking about going back to school for a Ph. D). I have 4 or 5 active contributors able to submit to PEER Review so I am going to leave it up to them to post if they want too, but they all have families too so don't expect much. You won't hear from me again until next Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the turkey... or tofurkey for you liberals.

Mr. C

 

November 18, 2005

FL: Tallahassee voters approve coal plant in Perry, FL - two counties away!

Officially this referendum is nonbinding, so it means nothing, but the "give me more power to tax more people and spend more money" crowd of the Tallahassee City Commission won their vote yesterday.

This is a classic example of Politics 101.

Continue reading "FL: Tallahassee voters approve coal plant in Perry, FL - two counties away!" »

November 17, 2005

French, Historical losers

I understand now why a group of teenage boys can virtually destroy the entire country with cell phones, empty bottles and gasoline -

The French are very experienced at losing.

Too funny. HT circa bellum.

November 11, 2005

God Bless our troops, past, present and future

Turn off your computer and enjoy Veterans Day.

Remember the soldiers who gave their life so you could live in the greatest country, the United States of America.

See you again on Monday.

November 10, 2005

Topics for discussion Nov 10

Leave suggestions in the comments section, review yesterday's topics, or try one of these -

Windfall taxes, justified?

This weeks elections - Just local politics or commentary on GOP chances in 06?

Frist standing up, or making bluff?

Not drilling in Alaska, GOP let down or the right thing to do?

Katherine Harris flying solo, or she should be expecting company?

French accept suggestions from PEER Review

French authorities made an official decision to accept the course of action suggested by American blog, PEER Review.

Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered the expulsion of all foreigners convicted of taking part in the riots that have swept France for 13 nights.

He told parliament 120 foreigners had been found guilty of involvement and would be deported without delay.

I know most well organized wars aren't capable of launching guerilla wars in this many cities at once. I think we may have somehting more than a "youth uprising" on our hands.

Looking for suggestions for dealing with high unemployment, lax immigration rules, or weak leaders? PEER Review is happy to tell you how to run your country too. Email Mr. C for details.

November 09, 2005

Yesterday's live bloggin topics

posted today instead. These are the links I wanted to discuss

Tallahassee Democrat is correct
, voting on the coal plant is not an issues we should have to decide, but decide we must. The questions is - What are we deciding again?

Dr. Adams insight on liberal hero, Al Franken

The not so unrelated post from Dr. Sanity on liberal moral bankruptcy

The politics of gay marriage, from Polipundit

Ronald Reagan politics policies have been forsaken by the GOP

What does it say to NBC and the liberal writers of the West Wing when your viewing audience has been subjected to your political viewpoints for 7 years, arguments craftly written, artfully presented, strategically timed with current events... only to have one live debate with an honest expressions of conservative ideaology (by a liberal none the less) pitted against the mantle of proud liberalism completely and unmistakeably lose all support to the guy without a contract for next season? Even if it is only TV, it means something to somebody.

Funny video of Florida goats. They pass out. Well, not really, they.. oh, just watch the video.

2 Sense from Maninblack

Mary Mapes: The River Queen of De-nial

What, Me Worry? about journalistic standards? She’s at it again. Where do we start with Mary Mapes? Remember her? She’s the “journalist,” term used very loosely, who produced the discredited “60 Minutes II” report which tried to derail GW’s reelection by casting doubts on his military record and reputation.

At the heart of the report were documents supposedly created on a 1970 typewriter, which amazingly had fonts that could only be created on a modern word processor with Microsoft Word. After an internal CBS News investigation on the report, Mapes was forced to resign. Her flawed report, a.k.a. political hitpiece, also caused the early retirement of anchor Dan Rather (thank you Mary, did I ever tell you thank you for that?).

Mapes, the poster-person for everything that is wrong with the “Old Media,” (apologies to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld) is claiming that she did not commit any “bad journalism,” according to an ABC News interview.

She tells [ABC News reporter Brian] Ross that she had no journalistic obligation to prove the authenticity of the documents before including them in the "60 Minutes II" report. "I don't think that's the standard," she said.

Dan's best attempt at doing Robert DeNiro in the 'Fockers' What? Isn’t that Journalism 101 – to verify the veracity of any documents or sources before you go to the public with accusations, especially the type that could bring down a presidency? If this is the journalistic standard held by all news producers, then the American people should not be watching TV news, oh wait, their ratings have been plummeting the last decade, so she must just be confirming what the people already know.

If every profession was held to her “standard,” again a term used loosely in regards to Mapes, bridges would be crumbling and airplanes would be falling out of the sky.

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. This is your Captain speaking. We will be traveling at an altitude of 35,000 feet today, although, I have no professional obligation to prove the authenticity of my flight plans. I have no duty to ensure this airplane is properly maintained. I also have no responsibility to assure you we will try to avoid any mid-air crashes. I don’t think that’s the standard. So, just sit back and enjoy your flight.”

Mapes also criticizes other reporters for spending too much time on her story and other flawed journalism.

She's right, the media should just ignore when stories meant to bring down a presidency are based on flat out lies (eyes rolling). Wow, anyone in need of a news director should look this woman up. Oh, by the way, she wrote a whole book on the subject.

Mapes says one of her few regrets in handling the story was her phone call to a member of Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign staff prior to the broadcast. "I wish to God I hadn't done it, because I think it was so wildly misinterpreted." She says she made the call only as a way to gain favor with the source who provided her with the documents.

Mapes rejects suggestions she had political motives. "I did not have it in for George Bush," she said.

She had access to the highest levels of the Kerry campaign and wanted to show-off to the source of the fake documents about it. She then contends she didn’t have “it in” for GW. Mary is from Venus and Mapes is from Mars.

Mapes says she is continuing to investigate the source of the controversial documents whose authenticity was seriously questioned by the CBS panel.

How's that investigation going, O.J.?She could wind up conducting her investigation on the same golf courses that O.J. Simpson is continuing his search for his wife’s killers. Maybe she could enlist the help of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald who is conducting the non-crime, non-leak investigation to find out more about her source. Problem is both of these other investigations are proving pointless.

Better yet, she should just stick to her “standard” and forget about trying to figure out what the rest of America knows: the documents were fakes created to try and knock a president out of office.

ABC News also posted an excerpt from her book, "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power." She’s apparently a fan of alliteration.

They'd Earn a Purple Heart in Kerry's Army

Although very brave for fighting to maintain freedom in their central asian country, the Christian Science Monitor reports that soldiers in the Afghan National Army are prone to shooting themselves in the foot.

But the ANA still have a disconcerting habit of shooting themselves with their own weapons. "The problem is muzzle discipline," says 2nd Lieut. Ben Wisnioski, a commander of an ANA unit based in Qalat. In the week before the elections, Lieutenant Wisnioski lost three ANA soldiers to self-inflicted wounds.

As we learned in the last presidential campaign, one of democrat presidential candidate John Kerry's Purple Hearts may have been the result of a self-inflicted wound. If the ANA, or anyone for that matter, had access to the requested-but-never-turned-over Kerry service records then the wounded soldiers could see how to write up their citation for an award.

Let's check back in a few years to see if any of these soldiers oppose current Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in their next election.

Did I Miss Something? Was  Crime Committed Here?

Everyone who lives here knows about Scooter I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, was indicted last week by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as everyone in the solar system knows. (Oh did you know that the Iraq Constitution was approved after ten days of vote counting? Oh yeah, that's not big news I guess to the American mainstream media). Yet, as thoughtful analysis of the Libby indictment actually seeps into the press, the indictment begs a really big question: What crime was committed again?

The entire investigation began with trying to figure out who leaked the name of Joe Wilson's wife, a CIA-operative-turned-desk-jockey-for-the-last-five-years to columnist Robert Novak (I certainly don't want to mention her name for fear of being indicted for not committing a crime). Yet, the Libby indictment, which doesn't even mention Novak, has absolutely nothing to do with the actual leak, which, did I mention, is what started the investigation in the first place.

Legal experts are beginning to agree that no crime was committed with the supposed "leak." USA Today reports that people are really beginning to wonder what happened in the leak case.

Novak's absence from the case, says attorney Steven Reich, supports the assumption that Fitzgerald decided the leak itself wasn't a crime. Reich was a senior associate counsel in the Clinton White House...

...No one who leaked CIA officer Valerie Plame's name has been charged with a crime for doing so and Fitzgerald has said his investigation is nearly over...

...Reich says, "it seems that what happened with Mr. Novak is essentially beside the point," because no crime was likely committed by the person who told Novak about Plame...

...But attorneys and former prosecutors draw this conclusion about Novak's "original" source: It almost surely was not Libby....

...In the indictment, Fitzgerald details conversations Libby had about Plame with Time's Cooper and with Judith Miller of The New York Times. He mentions no conversations between Libby and Novak...

...Other clues...lead to the conclusion that Libby was not a source for Novak on the Plame leak come from outside Fitzgerald's investigation...

...A mystery source - who wasn't Libby...

So, not only is Libby not the Novak source, but no crime was committed by the source.

It seems, then, Libby is accused of allegedly lying to investigators about his non-role in a non-crime, the non-crime being what started the investigation.

Okay, I think I got it. And this overshadowed the approval of the Iraq Constitution?

November 07, 2005

France ablaze

There's this view. It's the french fault. And I don't necessarily disagree with him. But what is the solution? Here's what I think.

Here's more on the Islamic French revolution.

LB topics 9/7/05

I don't have a specific topic to discuss, so lets start with these suggestions -

US - Falling gas prices, oil companies profits, Alito, Schumer's about face, What's Rush talking about?, education reform, SS reform
FL - Tallahasse Coal plant debate, Crist Gallagher differ on offshore drilling, chances for democrats in 06 elections, Kelo
NC - Basnight, Black, Corruption, John Locke Foundation expands to Wilmington (my hometown)
World - muslim revolt in france

Entertainment? Education? Religion?

November 04, 2005

France to muslims - Conform or leave

That would be my response to the current rioting and uprising in France. Unfortunately, not the official French position.

But after reading this vile information at Michelle Malkin, my response? Crush them.

UPDATE: Weapons of Mass Destruction linked here and they have a complete roundup of everybody blogging about the French defeat uprising by their immigrant muslims.

Yesterday: The roundup from Don Surber.

November 01, 2005

A Better Approach to Hurricane Recovery

By Forest Thigpen and Bob McClure

Mississippians used to joke that their state’s two largest cities were Memphis and New Orleans. When your own largest city – state capital Jackson, with fewer than 200,000 residents – isn’t even among America’s 100 largest cities, you tend to resign yourself to being overshadowed by your big bluesy neighbors.

Continue reading "A Better Approach to Hurricane Recovery" »

Turnabout is fair play

I "heart" ranchers. And not the fru fru radio talk show Don Imus type. Honest to goodness real ranchers, who take a punch on the chin, get up and swing back.

Mr. C

October 31, 2005

A good gas tax idea

You've heard about a windfall tax for oil companies? Complete idiocy.

Instead, here's a tax idea I can get behind.

UPDATE: More opinion from the Rocky Mountatin News.

Mr. C

October 28, 2005

Heard about those record oil profits?

Read  Larry Kudlow's brief and insightful thoughts on why you should leave them alone.

October 27, 2005

Exterminate whitey

I wanted to write something pithy, funny, satirical, or insightful. But, I couldn't. It is what it is. Sad and disgusting. What a tool. (Ten minute video courtesy of Political Teen)

More on recent coverage of black and white racists from California Conservative.

October 25, 2005

Back in town

Hello good readers. Mr. C is back. I had a good trip, visited Five Guys in DC (some of the best burgers in the world), my dogs won some ribbons but no first places, I made some plans for political futures in NC and caught a bit of a cold while I was away.

I have some work to catch up on today, so look for posting to resume tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. C

October 19, 2005

Work and Play

I have been called away and I will be doing a little of both for the next week, in MD and NC, and just in case I don't get to it here's my heads up.

No posting until next week. The liberals have the floor. Consider the comments section an open thread to talk about whatever you want. Don't tear up the house while the parents are away.

I hope nothing dramatic happens.

Oh, and by the way, Eric Copeland has no chance against Charles Bronson now that Bush and Bense are running the campaign.

Does anybody think this is the reason Bense isn't running for another seat yet? Nah, me neither. Any speculation as to what that seat may be?

I say Lt. Governor.

October 18, 2005

FL: Crime Rate still going down in Florida

Guess that Force-on-Force law is going to have an effect. Criminals beware.

Among crimes tracked by state officials, murder was among those that dropped the most in the first half of this year. The homicide rate in the first six months of 2005 was down 10.5 percent from the first half of 2004.

Oh, and the 2nd amendment hating Brady gun confiscators can start reminding people that Florida is still one of the safest places in the world to visit, unless you are coming to rob us. We shoot people who try to rob us.

October 13, 2005

Mr. Two America's picks the rich

Now we know all that Two Americas BS was just that, BS. For Edwards it's time to get super-rich, because God knows he doesn't have enough already.  Besides, I thought he had a job already?

So much for helping the poor. I'm surprised people don't accuse him of becoming conservative. Kate? Mike? Any liberals want to comment?

I think they are all over at FLA Politics writing in their new diaries. New name, same game.

UPDATE: I see I am not alone in my assessment.

October 11, 2005

Update

Wow. What a big weekend for FL political news and a not so big week coming for NC political news.

Continue reading "Update" »

October 05, 2005

Welcome to Kelo, FL

Our motto is "Your property is our property!" Where every house is a boat waiting to set sail... and don't mind those people living there, they'll be gone in a year or two.

Can someone in Florida please explain this to me? Apparently in Riviera Beach city officials want to toss out 2000 black residents to build a yacht club.

[Mayor Michael] Brown said Riviera Beach is doing what the city of New London, Conn., is trying to do and what the U.S. Supreme Court said is proper in its ruling June 23 in Kelo v. City of New London. That decision upheld the right of government to seize private properties for use by private developers for projects designed to generate jobs and increase the tax base.

"Now eminent domain is affecting people who never had to deal with it before and who have political connections," Mr. Brown said. "But if we don't use this power, cities will die."

I thought Florida was supposed to be different. Thank God Florida passed the Force on Force law. When they come for your home, you're going to need it.

More at the libertarian Unrepentant Individual

October 03, 2005

La Shawn Barber on Bill Bennet - "If I were Bennett, I wouldn’t apologize for jack."

Last week I commented on this here and it generated some response. This week LSB posts her thoughts and they mesh nicely with what I was saying. LSB has some choice words (as always) for readers wanting her to comment on something they know will get her going. But the jokes on them because she has something interesting to say instead of just being mad. Here's a sampling of important points -

Part of what makes Democrats liberal is that their agenda, devoid of real ideas and solutions, is based on race. In order to win elections, they must pit the races against each other. Constant racial and class warfare is what they wage, nothing more. For the love of God, I am asking blacks to think, use their minds and stop reacting with infantile emotion.

There's more,

Second, black liberals have been voting for people who openly advocate abortion for the past 40 years. Child killing is morally reprehensible, but for some strange reason, it doesn’t bother black folks when it’s time to go to the polls. A full 90 percent continue voting for men who advocate the death of black babies. They cavort with women whose life mission is child killing via Planned Parenthood.

The head honcho was the late Margaret Sanger, who was a eugenicist. I wrote about Sanger Black Women And Child Killing, Irreverent Reverends, Part II, and Pro-Life Achievement Awards Luncheon.

Not only are black women more than three times more likely than white women kill their babies in utero. Bennett said that is morally reprehensible. You won’t ever hear the media-addicted Jesse Jackson or the clownish Al Sharpton or the virulent Howard Dean or bigoted John Kerry say that. Your very own NAACP advocates the murder of their own people, and over 70 percent of black babies are born to women who didn’t bother to get married and create a stable home for their children, but you’re “outraged” over what some white man said?

And this,

Third, Bennett’s hypothetical is based on fact. Blacks are 12.3 percent of the population, and about half are black men, which means black men are approximately 6 percent of the U.S. population. Yet, they commit over half of the violent crimes (see Bureau of Justice statistics). Hypothetical speaking, if fewer black boys were born, there’d be fewer around to commit crimes. Bennett didn’t (and couldn’t if he wanted to!) say that all blacks commit crimes. In the aggregate, blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crimes relevant to their population. It follows that the fewer blacks there are, the fewer crimes will be committed. This is not a racist statement, people. It is a statistical fact.

Diary of a black woman with a critical mind. That's my new nickname for LSB.

September 30, 2005

Abortion, Crime and Blacks

"If you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down.

"That would be an impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down," he said.

He is William Bennet, former Education Secretary under Ronald Reagan and syndicated radio talk show host. If you don't know anything about the storm this quote has been causing in recent days, then you don't watch the news.

This is, after all, what you get when economist start publishing theories that the rise in abortion corresponds to a drop in crime rates AND that the two are probably related.

I assume (but don't know since I didn't hear the ENTIRE broadcast) that Bennett was addressing the crime rate among blacks and tried to tie it to teh recent claim of a link between abortion and crime rate reduction. He went further to say it was morally reprehensible and was an example of how a fact, figure or theory can be construed to implement horrific policies.

If you look at raw data, actual numebrs of criminality, I bet they would show similar numbers of offenders in all races, but since blacks only represent 12-15% of the population, the rate would be much higher among blacks as a cohort.

A truely racist conspiratorialist would imply that an increase in abortions among whites would artificially increase the percentage of black criminals giving whites further reason to incarcerate and oppress blacks, you know, because they enjoy it.

You can see how this sort of thing can get out of hand rather quickly. Do I think Bennett should apologize for what he said? Based on what I have read and heard, no. This is the sort of thing radio talk show people do.

What do you think?

UPDATE: I followed the link to a 1999 study provided in the comments by Mr. H and it was... well, take this quote for example,

Black-on-white crimes were almost nine times as frequent as white-on-black crimes, the study reports. "Hate crimes are thought to be the most serious acts of interracial crime . . . but it is likely that the millions of ordinary interracial crimes -- 90 percent of which are committed by blacks against whites -- are more damaging to race relations," the study concludes.

Does this study suggest blacks are to blame for persistent societal problems in the black community?

"The single best independent indicator of a jurisdiction's crime rate is the percentage of its population that is black. . . . The tendency is clear: The higher the percentage of blacks, the greater the number of murders."

The racial disparity in crime rates makes integration difficult, Mr. Wilson of UCLA said. "The fact that whites and blacks have different rates of crime -- especially violent crime -- affects the willingness of whites to live in black neighborhoods."

Apparently that is what this suggests. Normally when I read stuff like this I am suspect. I think I still am. But coming from UCLA researchers is cause for pause. How suspect can it be?

I'm not sure how I feel about the implications, real or perceived, of a study like this, or it's conclusions. But I believe the solutions to the problems facing the black community will come from within the black community. Those who are seeking recompense from outside their families, neighborhoods and communities will be looking in the wrong direction.

FL, US: Jeb Bush has political courage

Today in the Washington Post (Via Sayfie Review),

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Americans are looking to their leaders for answers to the tragedy and reassurances that the mistakes made in the response will not be repeated in their own communities. Congressional hearings on the successes and failures of the relief effort are underway.

As the governor of a state that has been hit by seven hurricanes and two tropical storms in the past 13 months, I can say with certainty that federalizing emergency response to catastrophic events would be a disaster as bad as Hurricane Katrina. (emphasis mine)

The bolded part is called political courage. Sure, his mistrust of government is well known. Yeah, to you and me, not to the readers of the Washington Post.

Think of how dramatic it is for a Governor of one of the largest states in the union, the fastest growing large state in the country, a Republican his last term, three years out from the presidential election, with his brother currently holding the seat and trying to accomplish what he just said would certainly be a disaster. Is that presidential leadership or what? If I didn't know better I would say he just called his brother out to the front yard for a "discussion," the type that can only be held outside.

But for this federalist system to work, all must understand, accept and be willing to fulfill their responsibilities. The federal government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are valuable partners in this coordinated effort. FEMA's role is to provide federal resources and develop expertise on such issues as organizing mass temporary housing. FEMA should not be responsible for manpower or a first response -- federal efforts should serve as a supplement to local and state efforts. (emphasis mine)

 

That, my friends, is the GOP message. Why aren't they screaming it instead of telling people, "We have won, there is no more fat to cut from the budget." Why won't this guy run for President?

Oh, and I love how he signed this piece,

The writer, a Republican, is governor of Florida.

Republican first, Governor second.
Service first, power second. The way it should be.

Invasion!

More UFO talk from last weeks sightings. Although, I didn't receive any comments from people who saw it, so I have to figure the military made the whole thing up. You know, because, my readership is in the millions. tsk tsk.

September 28, 2005

US: Same old media

As usual, the truth begins to come out and, once again, the media is exposed for the liberal puppets that they really are.  Here is a story straight from a New Orleans website. I wonder if this story will get the exposure that the original lies received.

Hey Oprah, would you like to change your story?

Disgusting behavior by the MSM!

Mr. H

Follow up:

Here's a related story.

Mr. H

Follow up 2:

And yet more, from Sept 6, Carolina Journal by Jon Ham,

From the moment Katrina made landfall the media focused on anything that could redound to the detriment of President Bush or inflame race and class tensions. Reporters and commentators ignored the dismal performance of New Orleans’ Democratic mayor and Louisiana’s Democratic governor, blaming every problem that arose on the Bush administration.

Racial demagogues accused Bush and his administration of reacting slowly because most of the victims were black. Environmental activists said Bush’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Treaty caused Katrina’s severity. Democratic operatives said the administration’s decision to cut funding for a long-term study of flood control caused the levees to breach.

All of this is stuff and nonsense. The tragedy is that the media know it too, but they still printed it.

He goes on to say,

The misreporting of the tragedy, and the false impression it has left with some, is even being used now for other political advantage. On Monday, NBC’s Matt Lauer interviewed “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert about Bush’s Supreme Court appointments. Russert said “there was a perception created of incompetence, some even said callousness and he needs to replace it with compassion” by appointing a moderate, a liberal or even a minority to the high court.

At least Russert was correct on one point. There was a “perception created.” The incessant drone of the media story line that Bush was to blame is what created that impression, and one that is entirely false. As with the run-up to the military operation in Afghanistan and Iraq, the media display a convenient amnesia about what they wrote in the past.

He finishes with,

And it continues. An Associated Press report from this morning was headlined: “Bush finally spending time on hurricane relief.” Finally. That’s the template word now. I saw that one coming Friday afternoon when I heard it used at least 10 times on National Public Radio to describe Bush’s actions regarding the hurricane.

Polls show that, unlike the media, the public does not blame Bush for the hurricane, the rioting, the looting, the stranded pets, the drowning deaths or the levee breaks. That means that the public doesn’t believe what the media are reporting. That’s the real gathering storm.

This should help with some of the specifics. Anyone care to comment on the icessent droning?

Thanks Mr. H for the link. Please direct you comments to Mr. H.

Mr. C

Follow up 3:

And this from Ben Stein, (HT David Boyd)

The big lie of the Hurricane Katrina story is that it reveals deep and hateful racism in America, that blacks were treated worse than other people because they were black, and that this shows the hypocrisy of this supposedly egalitarian nation.

Here's the truth. Many black people were harmed by Katrina because of where they lived relative to the path of the hurricane and the location of their neighborhoods below sea level and their refusal or inability to obey the mandatory evacuation orders for New Orleans. This is not racism. This is a matter of geography, weather patterns, and poverty or confusion. It has nothing to do with purposeful mistreatment of blacks by whites. Poverty and confusion, certainly big factors here, were in no sense caused by white mistreatment of blacks unless it was white mistreatment of blacks that ended many decades ago.

Which is, of course, absurd. He finishes with,

It is just plain evil to try to divide the nation -- especially in time of war -- with false cries of racism. The response to Katrina shows just the opposite of racism -- a loving, compassionate response to victims without regard to race. One expects Al Sharpton to cry racism. He would not have a job without that phony cause. But for the media, who should know better, to try to paint such a wicked, dishonest picture -- well, Goebbels would have been proud.

Read it all if you want to get the Goebbels reference.

Follow up 4:

More on the race issue suggested by a PEER Review reader,

Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. Then local government would come in.

And,

Enter Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan. Jackson and Farrakhan laid blame on "racist" President Bush. Farrakhan actually proposed the idea that the government blew up a levee so as to kill blacks and save whites. The two demanded massive governmental spending to rebuild New Orleans, above and beyond the federal government's proposed $60 billion. Not only that, these two were positioning themselves as the gatekeepers to supervise the dispersion of funds. Perfect: Two of the most dishonest elite blacks in America, "overseeing" billions of dollars. I wonder where that money will end up.

Of course, if these two were really serious about laying blame on government, they should blame the local one. Responsibility to perform – legally and practically – fell first on the mayor of New Orleans.

The author, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, has some harsh words for his fellow black man. Definitely not the sentiment being reported in the mainstream media. What do you think?

September 26, 2005

NC: Wilson County government with too much time on their hands

I admire this guy for burning it down.  Maybe we ought to send him to Raleigh to clean house.

Mr. H

FL: Don't like Florida's new Force with Force laws? I love them.

If more people owned guns, society would be a much nicer place.

Residents in Florida are doing their part, and a political retribution project by some in DC will probably help increase tourism. Why? It certainly isn't their aim to promote Florida. Rather, they hope to punish Florida lawmakers for passing a self defense law by trying to decrease tourism, and in effect state revenues, through an advertising scheme that will actually highlite the effect of that law. But it won't work. It will probably do the opposite.

The message to tourists is, beware, we protect ourselves. When you come here be on your best behavior.

But the message to criminals? Don't bother coming here, we will shoot you.

The second message is more effective at increasing tourism than the first is at decreasing it.

September 22, 2005

"They" are coming

Did you see it? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.

I hope they don't read blogs.

....we might as well stay here because when the aliens come, they are going to laugh. And when they laugh, I will have to punch them in whatever it is they have for mouths, and that won't be good for diplomacy with a race of beings highly advanced and able to blow us up.

September 21, 2005

Economics of Gas prices

This is an excellent post by NC blogger G-man on the economics behind gasoline price fluctuations. It's not nearly as long or as academic as one might expect, and he offers salient suggestions on how to bring down the price of gas without command and control measures. Some excerpts,

Let's try to understand a bit more about this commodity called gasoline.... it does not belong to you, YET. You don't have a right to gasoline at the price YOU think is "fair". The price of gasoline, like any other product, is set in the marketplace by the interaction of two forces: the availability of a product and the desire to acquire the product by those who want or need it. Supply and demand. Let's look at each factor, shall we?

and,

Most politicians, in essence, are making the mistake of equating the current supply fluctuations in gasoline with an artificially manipulated supply -- such as is the case with diamonds. Understandibly, they're making an incorrect conclusion.

and,

BOTTOM LINE: There may be SOME "price gouging" going on in limited instances, but the reality is the marketplace works to match demand with the available supply through price. If a particular retailer is truly "gouging" his customers, chances are they'll soon find out the guy down the street is selling gas for much less, and go there.

and,

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THOSE HIGH PRICES: Not much, except conserve where you can and shop around for the best price available. In the long run, though, tell your politicians to put pressure on the EPA to limit the number of different summer blends they require. Also, push your legislators to make it less difficult to increase refining capacity. No new refineries have been built in the US in the past 25 years, due to government environmental restrictions and such.

Take 5 MARIA.

September 15, 2005

Happy Birthday

If it wasn't for my wife, my conversations would revolve around political and football strategy, all day, everyday. And occasionally fishing.

Instead, I sometimes get to talk about quilting, yardwork, painting, home repair, pregnancy, children and a whole list of other topics that never enter my mind until she mentions them. I probably know more about quilting then I ever thought a man could possibly know.

I love her for all that she is and I am not. Today, she is another year older, still one year younger than I, and teaching me new stuff all the time.

Happy Birthday.

September 14, 2005

US: I wonder what he was looking for?

*Originally posted at 9:35 this morning. Moved to the top at 1:40pm.

From ABC News yesterday,

Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings — even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned.

and,

Continue reading "US: I wonder what he was looking for?" »

September 13, 2005

FL: Another example of not wanting to wait for the Federal Government

This is another reason why I hate Florida's current Citrus Canker plan. At it's core it means waiting for the Federal Government to follow through, a very slow, cumbersome, and sometimes fruitless, effort.

Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to bulldoze trees and wait for the Federal Government to come help us? Wouldn't be nice if we took the responsibility to find a cure, to find a vaccine, or to find another way?

This is the worst of both worlds for State Ag Commissioner Charlie Bronson; he gets the responsibility of bulldozing trees but he doesn't get to come into town with the check for the affected residents and businesses.

September 12, 2005

NC: A public/private shout out

To my good friend, Congratulations! I hope to be right there with you ASAP.

Mr. C

September 09, 2005

You have got to be kidding me

This is what they chose to memorialize the victims heroes of Flight 93? Definitely check out the link to Zombie for a not so startling coincidence.

September 08, 2005

Blanco was never the right "man" for the job

Today's Washington Times on the behind the scenes decision making process of LA Gov Blanco, Mayor Nagin and President Bush. I personally believe this is the beginning of the end for democrats in LA. Only time will tell.

Mr. [President] Bush met privately first with Mrs. Blanco, then called Mr. Nagin in for a meeting. "He called me in that office," Mr. Nagin said. "And he said, 'Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor.' I was ready to move. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision."

and,

Mr. [President] Bush, at the request of Mrs. Blanco, declared the entire state of Louisiana a disaster area 48 hours before the hurricane made landfall. He also asked Mrs. Blanco to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans on Aug. 27 -- two days before the hurricane hit -- but she did not make the order until Aug. 28.

and,

Paul Simpson, a political blogger who lives in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, La., said he and other locals are puzzled by the governor's refusal to let the federal government temporarily command the state's National Guard.

    "I thought it was as standard as sunshine in California that the governor would tell the president, 'You have the Guard.' I thought that was a given," Mr. Simpson said. "She absolutely has no clue."

    Critics have long derided Mrs. Blanco for her tendency to call for studies and special commissions to find solutions for the state's biggest problems.

    In 2003, the Shreveport Times, in endorsing her Republican opponent for governor, Bobby Jindal, called Mrs. Blanco "indecisive" and "unprepared" for the rigors of the job.

and finally,

"She would rather be criticized for taking her time in finding the right approach than for shooting from the hip and moving in the wrong direction," Mr. Juneau wrote.

Are you pink or grey?

This is an absolute must read from Eject! Eject! Eject! via Alarming News. Print it off and read at lunch if you must. But read it.

When you go to Alarming News, be sure to check out this post where I am having a particularly spirited discussion with Jane in the Comments section.

September 07, 2005

US: Thoughts on a Chief Justice nomination strategy under the circumstances

Lost in the Hurricane Katrina disaster coverage, the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the Miami winning streak over FSU ending is the nomination battle discussion on John Roberts. Roberts, having been nominated to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, is now nominated to replace Rehnquist as Chief Justice. Was this the plan all along? Can Bush get it done? Should democrats oppose Roberts? What are democrats to do?

Let me answer those questions first, and if you want to read more after that you still can.

Probably not.
Yes.
No.
Nothing. Unless you are Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or, hiccup, Edward Kennedy, you support this nomination, ask few questions and vote yes.

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A Two-City Tale

An unconventional, some would say accurate, portrayal of New Orleans circa August 2005.

The reason New Orleans slid so quickly from civilization into Third World conditions was that it was pretty much a Third World city already, and didn't have too far to go.

There's more regarding Houston, and some minor comparison to Miami. But the kicker is the last paragraph, which I won't spoil for you. Go read it. It's sure to get the liberals hoppin.

September 05, 2005

FL: SunBlog has it all wrong

I try not to make personal reactions to post, but there is only one way to describe this post by Tropical Bob in yesterday's Sunblog - irresponsible.

Commenter Mr. Grant is right; don't try to hide behind, "what other people are saying." Your veiled suggestions that communist countries like Cuba, China, and Venezuela can do anything other than grandstand is pathetic. Your implicit accusation of racism is disgusting. And your question, "truthfully, can you imagine any scenario in which this administration would offer aid for Cuban disaster?" can be answered with a simple Google search. One of the first examples is July of this year, when Hurricane Dennis swept over Cuba and killed 16, displacing 1.5 million.

The truth is most countries of the world, including Communist Cuba, China, N. Korea, the Islamist Middle East and Indonesia, or the socialist countries of central and South America, don't need disasters for America to offer relief.

It's a shame that you side with communist, socialist and islamofacist's  when a natural disaster, not our goverment, kills Americans daily.

Mr. C

September 04, 2005

Aid for Katrina Victims with Jack Russell Terriers

This is first, and hopefully last, time I publish anything personal. I sent the following letter to fellow Jack Russell Terrier owners in Florida, the JRTCA, and other aid organizations helping with animal relief efforts. If you can help, please do. If you know of someone in need, let us know. We want to do something specific and we think this is a good place to start.

September 02, 2005

FL: Leon County Schools' Katrina Relief effort

The following came from Lawton Chiles High School, but I am sure similar messages are going out from other local schools -

The Leon County School Board, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a fund raising effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  They are asking that each school set a goal that is the equivalent of $2 per student.  You will be proud to know that at an emergency meeting of the Inter Club Council, our community minded students voted to double their goal from $4000 to $8000 because they want to give “twice as much.”   They have already begun their fundraising by offering Mardi Gras beads to students for a donation of at least $1 per strand.  Beads will be available again tonight at the football game and on Saturday at the Volleyball game.  In addition, donation tables will be set up and students will be “passing the hat” during the games.  There will be receipts for those who donate more than $5.  Other fund raising activities will be ongoing, but we wanted to give you the opportunity to support these events over the week-end. Thank you for supporting our students’ efforts – when we all pull together….we can accomplish anything!

In other news

I am busy today working on obtaining and organizing info for any Jack Russell families in the area (scroll down for more info). In the meantime, here are some down and dirty links to news and info around the blogosphere.

FirstGov site for Katrina (via Infomaniac's other site)
Post from the Right and Left in side by side comparison.
Michelle Malkin with roundups of fundraising, and the insanity of the left in recent days.
La Shwan Barber is upset, to put it mildly.
Florida Politics has links to the stories on Walter "Skip" Cambell trying to do what Scott Maddox couldn't
Sayfie has links to everything else.
The job market, a little perspective from Polipundit.
FL News thinks the marriage amendment may not muster.
Patrick Ruffini on the Hurricane of Hate.
The Buzz has fond memories of GOP management styles.
Florida Cracker is matching funds raised for animal relief and rescue. Go donate and tell her I sent you.
More Katrina blogging roundup at Steal the Bandwagon.
Durham's "pimp my campaign" today in the WSJ online. You saw it here first folks. Remember that.
NY Girl has a post on the UN and Niger.
John in Carolina makes the call for Giuliani to lead the recovery effort.
All NC news at the Carolina Journal.
From Daly Thoughts, Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV) will be seeking reelection.
When Christians and Atheist debate, from the Reluctant Atheist.
And, like rubbing salt in a wound, a photo of Clay Aiken from Clareified.

Mr. C

September 01, 2005

Blogging for Katrina

Blogging for Katrina is here. Bloggers from all over the world are blogging today to raise money for victims of Katrina. The largest aggregator of Katrina news and posts, Michelle Malkin, says it best,

Today's the day! Inspired by Hugh Hewitt, marshaled by Glenn Reynolds, and organized by N.Z. Bear, nearly 700 bloggers from 11 countries have united today to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. There's a plethora of charities to choose from--pick many!

If you are reading this blog and you haven't donated to a charity yet, follow the links, find one you trust, give what you can. Some charities are matching donations.

I have donated to Samaritan's Purse. You can give to anybody. If you can't donate money, say a prayer.

This post will stay on top all day so scroll down for stories and post. Of course my regualr readers know, there's way to much to read anyway. If you don't scroll down, then you don't know the low down.

God Bless America.

August 31, 2005

Katrina Donations

Visit the The Truth Laid Bear Katrina relief page and make a donation to the charity of your choice.

May I suggest Samaritans Purse. They do wonders around the world, now they are working right here at home. Donate today.

The President suggests Red Cross or Salvation Army. Also, please click the link to continue reading for a list of charities from I4 Jamming.

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US: This is what a nuclear terrorist attack looks like

This is what I am thinking today. Only the real thing will be much, much worse.

I doubt I am the first person to say this, but I haven't seen anybody else saying this. If a terrorist manages to get a nuclear device into America, and detonate in any city of moderate size, you can expect the carnage, the desperation, the lawlessness, the stranded and homeless, helpless sick and injured to be worse by a factor of ten. At least. The biggest difference, because of radiation and destruction, their will likely be little, if any, rescue and recovery effort.

For all the detractors from the war on terror, let this natural disaster be a warning sign of how bad things will get if terrorist accomplish their goals.

FL: Taxdollars should not be spent to bail out or rebuild New Orleans

So says Jack Chambless, Professor at Valencia Community College in Orlando Florida, yesterday on Fox's Your World with Neal Cavuto.

I believe we should be doing everything humanly possible to save lives and feed, clothe and shelter displaced victims.

Rebuild New Orleans with federal tax dollars? hmm. I think I am with Jack on this one.

Jack has much to say about the charitable propensity of capitalism,

Capitalism leads to charity         

In 2003, the gross domestic product of Norway totaled $174.6 billion. Finland generated $167.8 billion in total output, while Denmark produced $211.7 billion in goods and services.  All of these nations have economic systems based on socialism – high progressive income taxes, heavy regulations of business activity and generous social welfare programs.         

It is also a fact that the GDP of all of these countries was lower than the amount of voluntary charity U.S. citizens gave that same year.  Total charitable giving was just over $241 billion in 2003.  Among the biggest givers was Bill Gates, who gave an initial endowment of $17 billion to fund vaccinations around the globe.         

Without the ability to pursue our self-interest and have protection of our private property (money) that results from our self-interested endeavors, we would not have the wealth necessary to be so giving.  Which citizens gave the most money to the recent Tsunami victims? It was not the French or the Germans. It was Americans. French and German residents don’t have enough after-tax income to help much.

There's more of course. And Jack has been talking this way for a while now (scroll to the head to head segment after the link) so he isn't some johnny come lately trying to make news on the back of disaster.

And I certainly don't agree with Jack on everything, so take it for what it's worth - A Floridian spouting his opinions on national TV.

August 29, 2005

Student Body

Welcome to PEER Review U.!

Today is the first day back for students here in Tallahassee and I have some related posts.

What do college students do when they aren't studying? As if they study anymore. (Wall street Journal Opinion)

In fact, though, students don't read much. Between going to class, holding off-campus jobs, sleeping and engaging in extra-curricular activities--you can guess a few of the obvious ones--reading really isn't a priority. Ms. Nathan takes this lesson to her own classroom when she returns to teaching the next year, deciding that she must limit the length of her syllabus and "hone the [reading] assignments to those I will actually employ in my classes." Let's see if we can follow the logic: Students don't read what they are assigned, so it becomes important to assign them less reading. Talk about a race to the bottom.

Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing down of the University. This has been happening for a while folks. (Montana State University)

Students demonstrate this anti-intellectual mindset in a number of ways: by not reading the assigned works; by not contributing to class discussions; by complaining about course workloads and lobbying for fewer assignments; by skipping class; by giving low evaluations to instructors with high standards or tough requirements; by neglecting to prepare for class and tests and not bothering to do extra-credit work or take make-up exams; by not consulting material placed on reserve or picking up class handouts; by refusing to learn any more than is necessary to get a good grade; by boasting about how little time is spent studying; by ridiculing high achievers; by being impatient with deliberative analysis; by condemning intellectual endeavors as "boring"; by resenting academic requirements as an intrusion on free time, etc., etc., etc.

Boomer Bosses meet your new employees. Summary of GenY mindset. (Poynter Online)

  • They have high self-esteem and don't tolerate intimidation.
  • They have been heavily parented and programmed.
  • They are success-oriented.
  • They are accustomed to quality as consumers.
  • They are tech-savvy.
  • They are accustomed to immediacy.
  • They are tolerant of differences.
  • They have volunteered in their communities.
  • They value work-life balance.
  • They work around, not against, authority.

The freshman zeitgeist. Summary of incoming freshman mindset. (Christian Science Monitor)

• Al Qaeda has always existed with Osama bin Laden at its head.

• The federal budget has always been more than a trillion dollars.

• Condoms have always been advertised on television.

• They've always had the right to burn the flag.

• Money put in their savings account the year they were born earned almost 7 percent interest.

• RU-486, the "morning-after pill," has always been on the market.

• They never saw the shuttle Challenger fly.

• Tom Landry never coached the Cowboys.

 

Monday morning posting light

Hey folks. Just like everybody I am watching news of Katrina this morning. I planned on tons of posts for this morning, but I'm captivated by this train wreck in action. Look to Michelle Malkin for links to updates, posts and other Katrina bloggers.

Parts of the roof of the superdome have blown off and scattered reports of pump failures, one levee break and apartment collapses. Now that the eye is over New Orleans (10AM) the pressure should be at it's lowest and the winds should be at it's highest, which means the greatest potential for flooding is now. Pray for the people of New Orleans, I hope I'm wrong on this, but I think the worst is yet to be reported.

UPDATE 10:15 - That crazy Steve Harrigan at Fox has finally called it quits and stopped sending reports. He just about got hit by flying debris.

Mr. C

August 26, 2005

TN: Git r dun

Recently I passed on this story about TN Senator John Ford, (uncle to Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.-D, candidate to replace Senator Bill Frist). Yesterday, courtesy of GOP and the CIty in NY, I saw these mug shots of John Ford and his accomplices from a racketeering arrest in May of this year.

You tell me, what's the difference between these thugs below and these thugs in WA? Nothing.Busted1

FL: Citrus growers fear more storms could spread canker

Count on it.

August 25, 2005

FL: Community Newspaper causing stir before it's even printed

Apparently a brewhaha is forming in Gainesville (when isn't there one) over a new community paper the Gainesville Guardian.

The GG is owned by the NYT and depending on who you ask has specific clientele. According to the very first, and recently fired, editor this paper is for black people. According to the NYT it's for the community.

I haven't read it yet so I don't know, but lets hope the GG reports more news then it makes. No website that I know of.

(HT LaShawn Barber)

FL: TS Katrina

Let's hope Katrina doesn't take the A98E option.

Best wishes to all readers in S. Florida. Be safe and stay dry.

Mr. C

August 24, 2005

Everything is Free

Over at Virginia Postrel's Dynamist blog was this post yesterday about Best Buy redesigning their stores for customer specific targeted designs and promotions. Here's a short excerpt from the short excerpt she uses,

...a roster of shopper profiles, each given a name: Buzz (the young tech enthusiast), Barry (the wealthy professional man), Ray (the family man) and, especially, Jill.

Based on analyses of databases of purchases, local census numbers, surveys of customers and targeted focus groups, Best Buy last fall started converting its 67 California stores to cater to one or more of those segments of its shopping population. It plans to roll out a similar redesign at its 660 stores nationwide -- including about 15 in the Washington area -- over the next three years. The Best Buys in the Springfield Mall, the Fairlakes shopping center and Potomac Mills, for instance, are being transformed into stores for Barrys, featuring leather couches where one might imagine enjoying a drink and a cigar while watching a large-screen TV hooked up to a high-end sound system.

I can't wait till they redesign my Best Buy store. It will be called a Rayzbuzzarry store. I can drink wine on leather lazy boy's watching sappy movies on huge flat screens with my wife, and when it's over we get take home whatever we want because it's free.

My store will not be open to the public by the way, but PEER Review readers will get in free after I leave.

August 22, 2005

26 examples of founding principles...

That just happen to be based on religion, specifically Christianity. Excellent roundup of historical attribution by Truth or Death.

The big picture - when the settlers, explorers and founders of this country set down and discussed how to build an agreement among men, they turned to God, Christ and their religious convictions first.

The utter and total success of the United States over the past 3 centuries should be proof enough they were right.

Did the United States' always do the right thing? No.

Has the US done more good in the world than harm? Yes.

Has the US saved the world from despotic world domination? Yes, many times, including one in progress.

Has the US saved countless lives and advanced the general well being, knowledge, comfort and real wealth of everyday humans? Yes.

Can more be done? Yes.

Should the US turn away from God, Christ and religion to accomplish it? I'll let you be the judge.

August 18, 2005

NC: John in Carolina v. the N&O

I want to point some attention to John in Carolina who has been following the coverage (or lack of it) in the Raleigh News and Observer of Air Enron (America) stealing money from a New York charity for kids to pay the bills. Apparently an editor at the N&O told John repeatedly they couldn't, or wouldn't, cover it until they had origianl reporting on it. John took it upon himself to investigate said policy and found it common practice among MSM newspapers to steal stories all the time. There's even a term for it (something in Latin that I don't care to repeat or even know).

If you don't know about Air America's criminal activities then check out Michelle Malkin who has already written more than I care to know about on the matter.

August 15, 2005

Bush V. Bush

Jeb visited the studios of  Madden NFL 06 recently and watched a special video of himself as a Dolphins wide receiver, flattening his brother George (inserted as a Dallas Cowboys Defensive back) and scoring a touchdown.

I love football. Are you in fantasy league yet?

UPDATE: Here's the video of Jeb playing a little smashmouth with his brother.

Mr. C

August 05, 2005

True words, past, present and future

A friend of mine reminded me of an upcoming event hosted by the John Locke Foundation on the 16th. If you can attend, I suggest you do.

My friend directed my attention to the essay, The Weight of the World, the Responsibility of a Generation, penned by the speaker days after 9-11.

I think it is such an important a piece I am going to post it complete here. Truer words have rarely been spoken. I hope you will read it all. Enjoy.

Mr. C

July 29, 2005

Tampa Whore House gets Raided

Seriously, who goes to a strip club in the middle of the day?  I don't normally like these kind of stories, but hey, this one's in Tampa so it deserves some attention...

Plus, the mug shots are classic!

It's mutiny at the Miami Herald

An open letter to Miami Herald Publisher Jesus Diaz and Executive Editor Tom Fiedler

Condi Rice - Power Incarnate

So says Swamp Pundit. Stop by and read her 100th post.

July 27, 2005

Lessons for Democrats & Bug-me-not!

These are three "wake up!" articles for Democrats. Pass them on and enjoy.

On the SCOTUS nomination from Mark Steyn of the Chicago Sun Times, Dems Had Their Chance to Pick Justice

On N. Korea from Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times Op Ed, Where the Right is Right

On Recycling and the Environment from Tim Worstall at Tech Central Station, Harry Potter and the Half-Wit Prigs

And if you have problems registering to read any of these articles, now might be a good time to load Firefox and learn about Bug-me-not!

July 26, 2005

From one liberal to another

Overseen at Oliver Willis whilst roaming the blogosphere today...

when I see that Jane Fonda is going to go around in a van powered by vegetable oil protesting I sort of throw up in my mouth a little. [emphasis added]

Some of these celebrities need to shut up.

heehee. So funny.

 

TN town reduces property tax to zero, collecting more funds than ever

When will the rest of America get on board the economic growth gravy train? This story from Tennesseen.com is heart warming to my free market soul and conservative thinking. [Hat tip Club for Growth]

PEER Review leading the news

Yesterday Blogger X revealed on PEER Review the news of Dean Cannon, R-Orlando, securing the House speakership for the 2010-2012 session. Read it today in MSM here and here.

And following my advice from Friday,

Oh, and a reminder that the sales tax holiday for purchasing back to school supplies begins Saturday and lasts for ten days. Go crazy at Target this weekend.

it appears some of you were listening,

''I have spent at least $150 on shoes alone,'' said [Yolanda] Bedford, shopping at the Target on Pines Boulevard. ``You have to get regular black shoes, PE shoes, tennis shoes. It adds on.''

She estimated she would end up spending close to $300.

Target GM, you can send my referral associate earnings directly to my home address. Email me for details.

July 22, 2005

Florida Unemployment continues to drop, currently 3.9%

Guess those Jeb! policies (less regulation, tort reform, lower taxes, improved basic education) are still working. [Hat Tip Polipundit] Maybe the Dem's will start to get the message. Maybe the NC GOP will start to get the message.

Mr. C

Man turns in hefty wallet

All is not wrong with the world. Link: Tallahassee Democrat | 07/22/2005 | Man turns in hefty wallet. I wish this happened more often.

Katherine Harris, Citrus Canker, and Pamela Anderson

After posting yesterday about the snubbing the Harris camp is receiveing I think this story is a reflection of the professionalism of, if not Harris herself, then her team. Staying on message is the absolute first rule of effective campaigns, and they are doing swimmingly.

Speaking of, a new Strategic Vision Poll has been realesed today. I will have analysis and commentary during the lunch hour. [Tip Florida News]

I wanted to point out this interesting but flawed read in The Hill on the Dem's chances in '08. For starters he, Mark Mellman, is applying past political wisdom to a current political culture, and electorate, that has changed dramatically from days gone by. Just one other point,

The economy is another fundamental. In 2004, it was not bad enough to oust an incumbent. In the first half of 2004, real gross domestic product grew by 3.3 percent, putting it just below the middle of the pack for the 15 elections since 1948. In 1980, when Jimmy Carter became the only incumbent to be defeated for a second term since we’ve had such economic statistics, that number was negative 8.1 percent.

Economic forecasts are notoriously inaccurate, but the growth rates predicted for 2008 range between 2.0 percent and 3.3 percent. Thus, no one is forecasting an economy better than it was in ’04 and many predict it will be worse. In the instance when a non-incumbent trying for a third party term was victorious, the growth rate was well above those forecasts — 5.1 percent in 1988. Republicans can’t count on the economy to help them in ’08, and it is more likely to be a drag on their ticket.

I am not sure if you caught that. In 2004 the economy was not bad enough and he is saying the growth for the economy may not equal the growth of the economy in 2004, and that is not only bad for the GOP, but good for the Dem's. I hope all Dem consultants think like this!

As long as the economy is growing, which it is, and unemployment is decreasing, which it is, then the state of the US economy is a positive for the incumbent party. This is is prime example of why liberals just don't get it, they are always looking for the negative in otherwise positive news. It's like saying, "Most people will ony be 5% richer in 2008 so don't expect the GOP to win the election." Say what?

Moving on... It pains me to point this out, but teaching children about Citrus Canker is not the direction we want to go with Citrus Canker. We want to eradicate it! I understand, Commissioner, if the science says we can't do it today, but your curent methods are, and have been, failing for almost ten years. It would be different if Citrus Canker were simply holding on in a few patches here and there, but the reality is Canker is still spreading and we can't contain it. You can "eradicate" all the trees you want from the residents of Miami and still win elections, but when the people of Orlando and along the I-4 corridor, your political back yard, start losing trees the detractors will be much more difficult to eradicate.

In addition your poll numbers are the lowest of any GOP candidates and your undecideds are tremendous.

14. Do you approve or disapprove of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson's job performance?
                Approve 49%
                Disapprove 18%
                Undecided 33%

If memory serves me correctly every SV poll in recent memory is similar. I am not going to suggest this is soley because of Citrus Canker, but Canker is a very public menace and an easy campaign theme. Unfortunately somebody on the front lines needs to lose their job, and you need a very public "War on Canker" marketing message to at least have the appearance that something is being done to combat Citrus Canker. Get somebody on the job or somebody else will hang this around your neck.

Moving on... the news this week that LeRoy Collins is considering entering the race to succeed Jim Sebasta in Senate District 16. Even if he doesn't win, this is a great race to build name recognition for future opportunities for a natural politician.

You may have read not everyone is excited about John Roberts nomination to the SCOTUS.

And finally, Pamela Anderson is considering remarrying Tommy Lee. Funny, I seem to remember him beating her? Anyway, I thought she was dating Stephen Dorff?

“Stephen told all his friends he was going to marry Pamela,” says a pal of the actor’s. “Since he found out she was in Hawaii with Tommy—and was staying in the same room with him all last week—he’s been all messed up. He hopes it’s just another one of her flings.”

If he thought it was a good idea to marry Pamela Anderson, he was messed up long before last week.
Update: The wedding plans (Tommy & Pamela that is) are canceled.

July 21, 2005

Florida Amber Alert

Fort Myers, Florida Amber Alert this morning.

Authorities in Fort Myers, Florida, say that the parents, who both have histories of drug use, took newborn Jessie Threatts from his maternal grandmother about 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Children and Families had placed the baby in the grandmother's custody.

The boy is described as being 18 inches long and weighing 4 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a diaper and white booties, authorities said.

Update: Car Found, baby still missing.
Update: Amber alert removed.

Interesting Map of FL Amber Alerts (Adobe required) since 2000. Leading counties: Dade and Palm Beach with 10, Broward with 9, Brevard 6, Pinellas 5.

July 18, 2005

Did anything happen over the weekend?

Thumb_penguin_slapNo, not really. So here are a few links to consider. (Click on the penguin picture, sometimes a pat on the back isn't all it's worth!)

First, FL News made my post on Fl Dems in 06 a "Must-Read Post" and a lively discussion in the comments section ensued. I guess if they aren't going to discuss it on my site at least someone is talking about me somewhere. Wait, the phone is ringing. It might be the GOP HQ so let me go...

Nope, it wasn't GOP. So, here are some other post from the weekend and today.

If you read the aformentioned post then this news regarding Citrus Canker will only help drive home my point.

No difference at this point in the race for governor. [Florida Politics]

This post draws a link between terrorist suicide bombers and the American gay population by trying an, "analogy between Europe's unassimilated young Sunni Muslims and America's unassimilated young gays." Read it for yourself at A Stitch in Haste.

More on the debate between Darwinian evolution and Intelligent Design from TCS.

And if you are into Hasidic [Jewish] Reggae then this is your guy. This really is amazing. [Caution, video starts up.]

And finally, some of you may have noticed - or not - the new list of links titled "BlogRoll" along the left sidebar. I decided to experiment with Blogrolling and my first list of links are all New York links. It is one of my secret pastimes. New Yorkers are fascinating and entertaining, enlightened and repressive, people of the world but firmly ensconced and tied down by the city. I simply love to read all the various blogs and websites that the city has to offer. I am thinking of doing a sort of review of all the NY blogs I read, but not today. If you are interested start reading at the top and work your way down. If you find something a little too racy then remember, I left out all the really raunchy sites, it's just not my style. You should get a little bit of everything, and some that you didn't plan on. And Hat Tip to Alarming News who I frequent and is one of the best NY conservative blogs... and who I stole most of my links from, because she already did most of the work.

July 14, 2005

Democrat media plan for the next SCOTUS nominee

Hat Tip Confirm Them (click on image for larger version)Nut_2

July 13, 2005

The Perfect Supreme Court Nominee?

Drudge is reporting Rehnquist was just admitted to the hospital with a fever. So, now seems like a perfect time to post the second piece from Blogger X. I gotta say, I love how X goes out on a limb. Get your conspiracy theories ready about who Bush will nominate, the following is humbly submitted for your analysis. I will leave my thoughts in the comments section... if you feel so inclined, you can too.

Mr. C

July 12, 2005

Snake Killer

Dscf00311For those of you requesting more info about me, here's a good example of the sort of thing that could happen with me on the weekend. A couple of weeks ago my dogs found this snake in an oak tree and I tried to get to it before they tore it up, but as you can see they got the tail off before I could get the snake to safety. At least I didn't intentionaly kill him like PETA would. And the dogs are fine.

Dennis has me seriously off schedule, and with Emily on the way I am not excited about repeating the rain and wind. The problems only get worse the more it rains.

I do want to direct your attention to a post from this weekend, "I probably shouldn't do this," because I have been receiving positive feedback and I don't think it is getting enough airtime. Give it a look and leave a comment. Both SOS and Florida Politics have promised responses.

I have been promising a post on Charles Bronson and the Agriculture Commissioners race. I think it is starting to take on mythic proportions and may be a bit of a let down when you read what I have to say. We'll see. I know the Bronson camp is ready to announce their intentions to seek reelection and I was sort of waiting for that, but with Dennis just passed and Emily on the way I am guessing Commissioner Bronson is a busy guy right now. It would be hard to get any spotlight or media attention without looking like he was taking advantage of the disaster situation. And if anyone over there at the Bronson for Commish campaign is thinking of announcing his reelection in front of a wrecked out beach house, please don't. My bit of advice would be to just announce it, do it subtly and get on with it and it will be emblematic of the way the Commissioner operates. Then the campaign team can get on with campaigning and the Commissioner can get on with his job.

Please be sure to read the Katherine Harris piece below from one of our newest guest contributors. I tend to agree with his logic and I think it is an excellent bit of writing.

And in case anybody missed the Help Wanted ad previously, feel free to drop me a line if you are interested in posting. I would really love to have someone willing to post regularly on Religion and/or Entertainment. Maybe you know a young conservative, excellent writer, more interested in publishing than getting paid? Send them a link to PEER Review or send them my email.

And for at least one interesting link check this out. It takes the Google news aggregator and turns the info into a map of relative story importance. It's a little jumbled at first, but you get used to it.

Oh, and for my family interested in a few photos around the house after the Dennis passed then check out the photo gallery. The link is found on the right sidebar above my photo.

Have great night.
Mr. C

July 09, 2005

Alternative storm info & more storms on the way?

If the lights go out here you can always check your Dennis info at the Eye of the Storm.
And this is scary from Pensacola Beach Blog.
Have a great night.

Saturday Morning Dennis update, Preview of next weeks topics

For those not glued to the TV -
7am update: Cat 2 storm with winds 105+ mph moving to the NW at 14mph. Strengthening expected.

Helpful phone numbers for Leon county residents.

Please excuse me if I post sporadically. I will spend this morning getting photo's of the house and surrounding neighborhood for insurance purposes. Squirrel_1In my neighborhood a squirrel in heat can cause a power outage. I expect power to go out when the wind picks up later tonight and light posting, if any, until Monday or Tuesday.

Speaking of which - Next week I expect to write about why I think the Fl Ag Commissioner Charles Bronson could, or should, face stiffer competition and I expect we will hear from Speaker Alan Bense next week regarding his intentions for Senate.

Something I saw of interest this morning at Florida Politics reminded me of two things, 1) when you deregulate, or open the market, prices usually go up in the short term, then fall as competition enters the market, and 2) I am going to start campaigning here on PEER Review for a change on the FL Supreme Court.

Yes, you read me right. Three justices are up for retention in 2006 and I think we should dump all three of them. I have been evaluating this for some interested parties and I believe it is not only possible, but extremely likely at least one, and probably two, could be removed. With a little effort removing three justices would be a bonus in a GOP dominated election year. Now that I see how much money is out there to be raised, I know it could be done. Who's with me?

Mr. C

July 08, 2005

Is Dennis considered torture?

I couldn't pass on this story from Pirate's Cove.

Dennis Update: Cat 4 Wind Speed of 145+ mph moving NNW at 17mph
Next update at 5pm
Update: Winds 135+ mph

Hurricane Dennis is stronger still

At the 5am NOAA advisory Hurricane Dennis is a Cat 4 storm with sustained winds of 135+ mph and moving quickly. It is projected to hit Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Florida panhandle West of Tallahassee.

FL: Start making plans for leaving.
NC: Get ready for potential flooding.

11 am Update: Almost Cat 5, Winds sustained at 150+ mph, storm surge 13-18 ft. Extremely dangerous storm. Get to safety if you are in the path of the storm.

July 07, 2005

Hurricane Dennis bigger, faster and stronger

At 11am winds at 105 mph. Prompting evacuations from the Florida Keys.

Update at 2pm.
2pm Update: Almost Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 110 mph.
5pm Update: Cat 3, 115 mph.

Homegrown hate

A reminder of hate and where to find it right here at home.
Some terrorist have been here all along.

July 04, 2005

Tropical Depression Cindy & #4

A little something to keep an eye on.

I hope you had a great weekend.

Mr. C

July 01, 2005

Red State Friday's

If you support our troops then hit the continue reading link to see the full text of an email making the rounds in Tallahassee this morning. I'm in.

Continue reading "Red State Friday's" »

June 29, 2005

Freedom Tower Design

Very cool. Sample_pictures

Wolfpack Baller, economy, more harris bashing, new link, Religion, and wrestling

Challenge Day 4

Congrats to Wolfpack baller Julius Hodge, 20th pick to the Denver Nuggets in last night's NBA Draft.

I missed the speech last night, and I am sure you have already read all about, but if you haven't here's a roundup of coverage in the major media provided by Outdside the Beltway.

US Economy still improving. Thank the Bush Tax Cuts. More would be better.

Looking for more reasons to doubt Katherine Harris? Then carry your liberal backside over to this post - NEW QUINNIPIAC POLL CONFIRMS NELSON LEAD OVER HARRIS IN HEAD TO HEAD SENATE BATTLE - at I4Jamming

White Trash Wednesday at Pirates Cove. It's not as bad as it sounds.

Are testing agencies in it for the buck or for the educational improvement of the children? Go from that to the difference between parents and teachers expectations for children and some historical links to educational expectations of children by the institution.

Level 4 Morality, Idealism and Individualism at the Partial Observer.

Presidents and Religion through SOS.

Staying with religion and seguing to the Supreme Court is this interesting post about the Ten Commandments and the Beatitutdes. I definitely see his point. However, I think the foundations of law and society are based on old school rules. The foundations of morality and relationships, love and forgiveness, are based on new school teachings. Think of it this way,

  • Old school rules are for the group, the impersonal
  • New school rules are for the individual, the personal

God doesn't care about the group, he cares about you personally. At least I think so anyway.

SCOTUS and China? Read this opinion on the Kelo decision from Matt Warner of the James Madison Institute in today's Democrat. My favorite part -

Totalitarian governments with a socialist bent are experts when it comes to trampling on individual rights in the name of benefiting the masses.

How easy would it be to replace Totalitarian governments with the Democratic Party and nobody would even notice? 

From SCOTUS Blog, Will there be a resignation?

And finally, Did you know Hulk Hogan lived in Florida? Did you know he has a TV show?

June 27, 2005

Happy Birthday!

You may have noticed no posts this weekend. Two reasons -

  1. I am still waiting for a response from a liberal or democrat regarding my challenge.
  2. Today is my birthday.

I have a few links planned for last saturday, and you get today. Expect lots more posts this week, but probably not today.

First, the real problem with Kelo. Forget about owning homes, put your money in the market.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court has lost it's collective mind.
UPDATE: Truth or Death gives good history lesson.

Some right on commentary from RCP regarding the Rove "event" last week.

I dislike Senator Hillary Clinton as much as the next conservative, but believe me there are plenty of well documented real world stories about the Clintons that we don't have to resort to tabloid style books. I am not alone in my dislike for the idea behind a recent book about her.

See Florida Politics for more links form the weekend on the Maddox debacle.

When mad cow hit the US the first time the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was in panic mode for about two days, due in no small part by the ignorance of the media. I wonder how they are handling it this week? Since mad cow has virtually no impact on human consumption, unless cow brains become a delicacy overnight, then I don't care enough to follow this story.

Ever heard of the "Florida Cracker?" Cattle is an important part of the Florida economy and a large part of it's history. Commissioner Charles Bronson owes much of his family's standing in the state to a long history with cattle. Before citrus, there was cattle. Cattle came with Ponce de Leon, before St. Augustine was founded. Before that, there was nothing of value in Florida.

That may be an exageration, but if mad cow ever hit Florida, and we still can't get a handle on citrus canker after 7 years (more from sunday, and two weeks ago), then we would be back to nothing quick.

In a couple weeks I will attend a lunch where Commissioner Bronson will be speaking. Once I hear what is on his mind I will post more about him and citrus canker. But for now let me say if Commissioner Bronson doesn't make some dramatic changes to his citrus canker policies and plans then I think he can expect a challenger. And if the Florida Supreme Court ruling against the state leads to increased compensation for the owners of more than four million trees "eradicated," then you can count on it.

Happy Birthday!

Mr. C

June 20, 2005

A little bit of everything

More suggestions  from the Miami Herald for how the GOP can supplant Speaker Bense for Rep. Harris in the '06 Senate race. Yeah, because the Miami Herald is oh so concerned about the GOP saving face in case Harris is the nominee. See my thoughts.

Book Review of The Bottomless Well - the follies of environmentalism, energy and conservation at TCS.

The HOT Tax? - if only they would.

Paul Chesser describes how to turn government into a cash cow.

Found this through Townhall, Presbyterian Church... encouraging Christian parents to remove their children from the public schools.

Over at Dynamist blog, info about the all powerful sugar lobby losing it's grip.

More hurricanes for Florida?

Have a great day. If I see anything else interesting, or if you find something you want me to post on, send it over and I will post on it.

Probably.

Mr. C

Hate Monday?

Well kids, this seems to be a roundup of hate from the left over the weekend. I guess someone sent the memo to move full steam ahead.

From RCP, Democrats Sign Up with Anti-Semites. and commentary about Durbin's Gitmo remarks, which are similar to mine (the commentary not Durbins remarks) except for the Democrat as president bit.

This "article" is a disgusting piece of work deriding Bush (all of them actually) as name renters as the author resorts to name dropping to make his case.

This insinuation by Florida Politics that AG Charlie Crist (and current GOP Candidate for FL Governor) is in cahoots with Bush on Terri Schiavo because he missed the boat earlier.

      It's tough trying to woo the wingnuts that control the Florida GOP and at the same time pretend you're a moderate. 

Not really hateful, just underhanded, but then again, that's what liberals do, muddle the facts. Like the fact the AG takes his orders from the Gov. whether he agrees with them or not. It's called chain of command.

And my own poersonal hate for the weekend - why is this guy still alive? I guess I could comment on the liberal law enforcement and court systems of Washington, Oregon and Calilfornia, but I won't. The short response - I would have "sevened" his ass on the spot.

More as I come across it....

Mr. C

June 18, 2005

My First and Last Terri Schiavo Post

I refuse to post anything about TS. In my opinion she did not recieve every available option or opportunity to save her life, restore her life or make her life more comfortable. But she is dead now and that can't be changed. What Governor Bush is now doing is typical of Jeb and illustrates just how little the press and those on the left know or understand about him, and similarly what we on the right appreciate about him. Jeb wants answers, because he seeks answers. There is little he can do for TS, and there is little he will do, but there are plenty of unanswered questions and anybody who has ever sat in on policy meeting with Jeb will tell you, he wants all the answers.

Mr. C

June 16, 2005

Welcome to Visitors from the Truth Laid Bear

I guess this is my first big mention by a large blog, even if I suspect it was a passive action. While I was there I learned I was a Flippery Fish? Any idea what that is?

Have a look around drop back by in the future. I do this almost everyday!

And if you have no idea what I am talking about, I am recieving several hits from the Truth Laid Bear Immigration topics page tonight because of this post. This is what amazes me about blogs, when you don't really say anything profound, you get picked up. But try to be smart, and nothing. ;-) LOL.

Mr. C

Potato Chips Cause Cancer!

For those of you who came across the recent Drudge headline regarding a group in CA wanting warning labels on potato chips, read this - Link: FOXNews.com - Views - Junk Science - The Great Potato Chip Scare and this. You will notice these article were published in 2002 and 2003. And read some of the results from a British Journal of Cancer study. Also, check out this Q&A spread sheet from the WHO. Guess what, you are drinking Acrylamide in your water everyday. Nothing has changed since then.

I was principally involved (for a brief time) with the rollout of the new low carb  potatoes (seen here and here and here) grown in Florida. This whole acrylamide thing was a concern briefly, but ultimately we quit worrying. Without getting into too many details, my personal experience researching this "cancer scare" revealed there is no "there" there.

Enjoy your next bag of chips.

Liberal Hypocrisy

Just in case all the liberals who read PEER Review think conservatives corner the market on hypocrisy, this is for you. Link: WAVY.COM - Two PETA Employees Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges in N.C.. Did you donate to PETA today?

June 10, 2005

TS Arlene Updates

Look to the top right of the screen. I added links to NOAA and Boat US websites for tropical storm updates, advisories and predicted storm paths. Expect the same for other storms threatening FL, NC or the lower east coast this year. Link to me and come back whenever you want the latest updates.

I expect to lose power this weekend so updates will probably be light. I will be watching the ditch behind my house fill up with water.

Mr. C

Update: Arlene is so far west I have a better chance of losing powere due to squirrel highwire acrobatics than to high winds or heavy rain. The good news is more posts.

Update: I have removed the updates. After further consideration I thought it silly to maintain TS update links when there is no storm. The updates will return, always in the upper right, as needed.

June 09, 2005

IS it true? Amnesty International calls for arrest of Bush, Rumsfield, Gonzalez...

The unreported comments included in the absurd Amnesty International Report regarding torture at Gitmo are currently being covered by Captain's Quarters. I found it through Michelle Malkin.

June 07, 2005

Murderers expected to win seats in parliament

This should be the quote of the day -

"We don't recognize that you have changed your behavior just because a group is running candidates as well as suicide bombers."

Read the full story - U.S. to Shun Hamas Members, Even if Democratically Elected - New York Times.

May 31, 2005

Deep Throat?

Who cares? Maybe if you are over 40 this is interesting. Otherwise, let's talk about why the maverick moderates sold out the voters, why they shouldn't be in office much longer, and why Frist should be doing more.

My favorite article today.

Update: Apparently I am not the only one unimpressed.

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