Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunset 11-23-14

Getting ready for X'mas - Wellington Mall

Flower at Lake Worth Beach

Quote of the Day - Tomorrow's deadline with Iran's nuclear enrichment

“The administration turns a blind eye to Iran’s support of terrorism, its constant threats against the United States and our allies, and its failure to cooperate even during this negotiation period. It ignores every lesson we thought we learned when North Korea delayed its way into a nuclear weapon. President Obama even sends secret letters to the Supreme Leader, naively hoping to appeal to the rational side of a man who has proven himself to be anything but. The Iranians have made clear that no matter what a final deal contains, they will not stop enrichment and will not allow access to sites like Parchin and who knows how many other covert sites. Due to the 'covert nature of Iran’s activities', any deal with Iran 'could not be adequately verified'.”

~ Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


“I don’t think any of us are under the illusion that a satisfactory, comprehensive deal will be reached by Monday. But let me be clear -- any deal must cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and this specifically includes the Arak reactor. A deal must dismantle Iran’s centrifuge program to prevent Iran from becoming a threshold nuclear state, create robust verification and monitoring mechanisms to prevent undetectable breakout, force Iran to come clean on its past nuclear activities including possible military dimensions and cover a long enough duration that the regime won’t simply ‘wait it out'."

~ Ted Deutch

Sunday's Sermon - The Clear and Present Danger

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It is sad that our world has come to this...that everyone wants our stuff...too many people who believe the world owes them a living and they are entitled to what you worked hard to achieve. Now we have to take a tire off our bike and lock it up with heavy duty chains because so many low-lives want our chips and think they are above the law.

Now we will have 5 million illegals granted the greatest gift in the world, a passage to citizenship in America. More will follow. They didn't have to work for this privilege. They didn't have to stand in line. All they had to do was walk across our open border or travel here on a temporary Visa and never leave.  Employers hire them with no documentation and the government has not enforced E-Verify. Criminals were deported soon to return over and over again. The problem got so out of control that Obama finally said, "Oh the hell with it."

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch says, "Despicably, the White House's web propaganda arm leads with Obama's misleading reference to Holy Scripture to justify this lawlessness."

Exactly what he said is as follows: “We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too.”

Fitton further said, "The president, our oppressor, steals our liberty, mocks the law-abiding, violates his oath to God - and dares to lecture us on oppression. Obama's power grab is an attack on the very soul of our representative government.  Is Obama king or a man subject to the law?"

The president can't make up his own version of the law. The centerpiece of a free society is fidelity to our laws. We don't expect less from the president of the United States.  That fidelity, along with our Constitution, needs to be protected just like that bike tire above.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

At Lake Osborne

The Armory Art Center a/k/a the Shuffleboard Court Building

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Paul putting on the finishing touches of his spray can art.

Now called the Armory Art center, our shuffleboard court building has been violated by those who believe spray painting is "art."  Actually using spray cans of paint is against our Ordinance unless you have permission from the City as obviously these people have. This artist, when asked, told me that it is the City that is paying him for his "creation."

Graffiti is against the law but all you have to do is twist the narrative and it becomes "art" at the click of your fingers. I would suppose that we can look at the positive and thank the city for creating jobs for graffiti experts, a deed that is normally considered a crime.

Graffiti implement means an aerosol paint container, a felt tip marker, a paint stick, adhesive decal, or etching tool capable of scarring glass, metal, concrete or wood. Possession of a container with paint inside in conjunction with a paint brush or paint roller cover is also considered an implement.
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Paint stick or graffiti stick means any device containing a solid form of paint, chalk, wax, epoxy, or other similar substance capable of being applied to a surface by pressure and, upon application, leaving a mark at least one-eighth-inch in width visible from a distance of twenty (20) feet and not water soluble.
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Unlawful activities.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to, or endeavor to, write, paint, inscribe, scratch, scrawl, spray, place, adhere or draw graffiti of any type on any public or private building, structure, or any other real or personal property.

Obama's Imperial Immigration Edict

Should anyone be interested in Obama's lawlessness--


From: White House Office of Communications
Sent: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:08 pm
Subject: Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
_________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                           November 20, 2014


REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IMMIGRATION

Cross Hall

8:01 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

But today, our immigration system is broken -- and everybody knows it. 

Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules.  Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less.  All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.  And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart. 

It’s been this way for decades.  And for decades, we haven’t done much about it.

When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system.  And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.  Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history.  And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half.  Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years.  Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s.  Those are the facts.

Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix, and last year, 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate.  It wasn’t perfect.  It was a compromise.  But it reflected common sense.  It would have doubled the number of border patrol agents while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line.  And independent experts said that it would help grow our economy and shrink our deficits. 

Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law.  But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote.

Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law.  But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President –- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.

Tonight, I am announcing those actions.

First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed. 

Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.

I want to say more about this third issue, because it generates the most passion and controversy.  Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we’re also a nation of laws.  Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable -– especially those who may be dangerous.  That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.  And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security.  Felons, not families.  Criminals, not children.  Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.  We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day. 

But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally.  And let’s be honest -– tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic.  Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you.  It’s also not who we are as Americans.  After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time.  They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs.  They support their families.  They worship at our churches.  Many of their kids are American-born or spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams, and patriotism are just like ours.  As my predecessor, President Bush, once put it:  “They are a part of American life.”

Now here’s the thing:  We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.  We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded.  So we’re going to offer the following deal:  If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes -- you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation.  You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.  That’s what this deal is. 

Now, let’s be clear about what it isn’t.  This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently.  It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future.  It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive -– only Congress can do that.  All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you. 

I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty.  Well, it’s not.  Amnesty is the immigration system we have today -– millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. 

That’s the real amnesty –- leaving this broken system the way it is.  Mass amnesty would be unfair.  Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.  What I’m describing is accountability –- a common-sense, middle-ground approach:  If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.  If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.  If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.  And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer:  Pass a bill. 

I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution.  And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.  Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a dealbreaker on every issue.  That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress certainly shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.  Americans are tired of gridlock.  What our country needs from us right now is a common purpose –- a higher purpose.

Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight.  But I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home.  Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens.  So we don’t like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship. 

I know some worry immigration will change the very fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw deal for over a decade.  I hear these concerns.  But that’s not what these steps would do.  Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society.  And I believe it’s important that all of us have this debate without impugning each other’s character.

Because for all the back and forth of Washington, we have to remember that this debate is about something bigger.  It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.

Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?  Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?

Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms?  Or are we a nation that values families, and works together to keep them together?

Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us?  Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs here, create businesses here, create industries right here in America?

That’s what this debate is all about.  We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration.  We need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears.  I know the politics of this issue are tough.  But let me tell you why I have come to feel so strongly about it. 

Over the past few years, I have seen the determination of immigrant fathers who worked two or three jobs without taking a dime from the government, and at risk any moment of losing it all, just to build a better life for their kids.  I’ve seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn’t have the right papers.  I’ve seen the courage of students who, except for the circumstances of their birth, are as American as Malia or Sasha; students who bravely come out as undocumented in hopes they could make a difference in the country they love. 

These people –- our neighbors, our classmates, our friends –- they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life.  They came to work, and study, and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America’s success.

Tomorrow, I’ll travel to Las Vegas and meet with some of these students, including a young woman named Astrid Silva.  Astrid was brought to America when she was four years old.  Her only possessions were a cross, her doll, and the frilly dress she had on.  When she started school, she didn’t speak any English.  She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS, and she became a good student.  Her father worked in landscaping.  Her mom cleaned other people’s homes.  They wouldn’t let Astrid apply to a technology magnet school, not because they didn’t love her, but because they were afraid the paperwork would out her as an undocumented immigrant –- so she applied behind their back and got in.  Still, she mostly lived in the shadows –- until her grandmother, who visited every year from Mexico, passed away, and she couldn’t travel to the funeral without risk of being found out and deported.  It was around that time she decided to begin advocating for herself and others like her, and today, Astrid Silva is a college student working on her third degree.

Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid, or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in?  Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too.

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.  We were strangers once, too.  And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship.  What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal -– that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

That’s the country our parents and grandparents and generations before them built for us.  That’s the tradition we must uphold.  That’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless this country we love. 
                  
                        END                  8:16 P.M. EST

Jordan makes short-lived arrest

Jordan, a country that tolerates the Muslim Brotherhood, took a stand against the Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Head who criticized the UAE for declaring the Brotherhood as a terrorist group. 

Read about the arrest... and the Brotherhood's demand that he be released. Soon after that, Jordan capitulated and released Zaki Bani Rushaid.

No wrong-doing in Benghazi says Intelligence Committee

According to an Associated Press article, a two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that "the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees."

The House Intelligence committee says that "no stand down order was given." This report should help Hilliary Clinton in her quest to be the next president of the U.S.

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Winnie the Pooh got pooed

It's not only this country that has a lot of weirdos with some  totally far-out whacky ideas...now comes a playground in Poland.

They have just banned Winnie the Pooh for being an inappropriate hermaphrodite -- a cartoon bear that has dubious sexuality--that is inappropriately dressed? You can't make this stuff up.

This is not a Polish joke!

Read about Pooh

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ibis preening after the rain

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Jay Carney on Obama flip-flops

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Lake Worth Playhouse needs your help!


The Lake Worth Holiday Parade is quickly approaching! 

The Lake Worth Playhouse is participating in the "Ignite the Night" themed event, but we need a flat bed to build and transport our float on.

If you have a flat bed that we could borrow for the event please let us know as soon as possible.

The parade is December 13, 2014. We would need the flat bed all day to decorate, walk in the parade and then break down. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Contact Steve for details and more information 561-586-6169 ext 209 or stevetd@lakeworthplayhouse.org

Obama. "We the People"


President Obama announced that he plans to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants by executive fiat. With the stroke of his pen, he will circumvent the Constitution, the will of the American people, and the tradition of separation of powers, says Dan Patrick. Just come on in folks, Obama and every socialist alive loves you and wants to take care of you and believe that you deserve a better life at the expense of American citizens.  This is, after all, the land of the free.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Can't wait to see what his rating will be today.


Sierra Club files suit against St. Johns River Water Management District

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Sierra Club Files Suit against the St. Johns River Water Management District for Violating the Public Trust

Sierra Club has filed suit in Orlando federal court asserting that the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), the designated grantee of conservation easements in over 30 federal mitigation banks, has created a rule for itself that allows it to remove conservation easements from federal mitigation banks. Also, in the case of Farmton Mitigation Bank, the largest mitigation bank in the United States, SJRWMD has allowed over 1,000 acres to be removed from the bank. Sierra’s complaint asserts that these actions violate the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.

Mitigation banks are a cornerstone of the federal Clean Water Act, which mandates a policy of zero net loss of wetlands. Each year, the federal government issues permits to destroy thousands of acres of wetlands and still claims “zero net loss.” How can this be? The federal government claims confidence in its wetlands protection system because, under the Clean Water Act, when wetlands are permitted to be destroyed for development, the permittee buys credits in a wetlands mitigation bank. The wetlands in these banks are supposed to be protected in perpetuity—forever.

Under the Clean Water Act, SJRWMD is required to protect land that has been entrusted to it in the form of conservation easements on behalf of federal mitigation banks. A conservation easement is a contract that requires the perpetual conservation of the land in its most ecologically beneficial state.

Through its acceptance of conservation easements, SJRWMD agrees to ensure perpetual conservation of the mitigation bank land on behalf of past and future credit purchasers in order to offset wetland destruction related to development projects.

Mitigation banks can be a lucrative business. Sierra Club has documented credit costs ranging from about $20,000 to $90,000 per credit. Not only private developers, but also many local, state and federal road and infrastructure projects, purchase credits.

SJRWMD has passed a rule enabling it to remove conservation easements from federal mitigation banks. This rule violates the Federal Clean Water Act which mandates perpetual conservation of federal mitigation banks.Mitigation banks, when managed appropriately, could be a win-win for the environment, and for owners of mitigation banks who are paid for not developing, and instead protecting and restoring land to offset wetland destruction elsewhere. The viability of the bank is destroyed when land is withdrawn on a patchwork basis to allow more development.

“SJRWMD has violated the public trust by creating a rule that allows land to be released from Farmton Mitigation Bank and other federal mitigation banks in direct violation of the Clean Water Act.” asserts Betty O’Laughlin Executive Committee member of Sierra Club in Volusia County. “If wetland destruction is going to be allowed, mitigation banks must be respected. They can’t be a joke. By filing this case, Sierra Club is working to protect the integrity of mitigation banks here and throughout the United States.” The complaint and exhibits can be viewed here.

Complaint: https://diigo.com/072jjn
Exhibits: https://diigo.com/072jkk (large file, takes about 5 minutes to load)
Documents can also be viewed at:https://www.facebook.com/SaveFarmtonMitigationBank
Betty O’Laughlin, Sierra Club Volusia-Flagler Group
386 801 5757
EOLaughlin@cfl.rr.com