Saturday, September 20, 2014

Quote of the Day - French Foreign Minister

"We are facing throat cutters.  They rape, crucify and decapitate. They use cruelty as a means of propaganda. Their aim is to erase borders and to eradicate the rule of law and civil society."

~ Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister

Speaking to the acts by the terrorists known as ISIS.

Great Egret eating a Snake in the Grass

You've heard of a snake in the grass? We have a group of treacherous people in this city who enjoy the sport of  attacking, twisting points and calling people names such as "terrorist" or "sociopath" just for expressing a view. Some of these people are in leadership roles. It is no wonder Lake Worth is in the shape it is in. They prefer to do that and steam roll over anyone with a different view than just debate/explain issues or in the case of this commission, be honest with the people they serve. That would be way too exhausting. Overall, they may have the support of their fellow "snakes in the grass" but it's all a matter of time when they are eventually left at the bottom of the rung.

But this is a literal "snake in the grass" and this Egret enjoyed his prize.

On Islamic Jihadists

"...we can do a head count of Muslims who live with honesty, integrity and morality. And through polling we can also approximate how many Muslims around the world are driven to lie, deceive and even murder infidels (in other words, us)...It is time for our leaders to wake up to the fact that there is a large segment of Islam that is a threat to our national security and therefore it is time to stop pandering to this so-called “religion of peace.”

I am an Islamophobe because I am a realist...

Marco Rubio on Combating ISIL

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“And so despite my concerns about the underlying bill and the budgeting that it entails, I will support this resolution. Because I think it’s in the best interest of our national security.”

They had better know, without a shadow of any doubt, that these rebels are not al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, etc., but is there any way of really knowing that?

Read another perspective where author Roger Zakheim of the National Review says Rubio gave a 'fearless' speech, shedding all politics, regarding peace through strength.

Friday, September 19, 2014

PBC has doubts about WPB national baseball stadium

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And who wouldn't have doubts about investing all those millions?   The complex is estimated to cost $140,000 million with the county contributing $90 million from bed tax.  The teams want an escalator clause that will generate $65 million more off the backs of taxpayers.

The economic benefits of having national league baseball are usually exaggerated and one-sided in favor of the teams. Palm Beach County's Administrator, Bob Wiseman, is not taking any curve balls when it comes to this bad deal.

Read about it...

Lake Worth's Budget and Millage

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By law, we have to publish our proposed budget and our millage rate which is 5.4945.  Both appeared in yesterday's Palm Beach Post. What wasn't mentioned was the MSTU Fire--that is a separate tax of 3.4581 mills for a total of 8.9526 that Lake worth will pay.

Although the millage is the same as last year, taxes will be going up by $582,800 or 9.7% due to the rise in property values.  The final decision on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at a public meeting on September 23rd.

The County and the City's projections are below relative to Public Safety--

$667,348,198--COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES
$555,199,475--COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY COSTS

$6,315,694--LAKE WORTH PROPERTY TAXES
$20,138,441--LAKE WORTH PUBLIC SAFETY COSTS
Look at the difference and calculate the percentage on what we pay for Public Safety compared to what we bring in from ad-valorem.   

Does that seem just a wee bit disproportionate to you? This is one of the main reasons why we have no money to operate our city. Luckily we have our own utility company and from that as well as enterprise funds, we will have an additional $9,138,387. We get selected as one of the top crime cities in the state and rank 42nd in the country--crime is rising right along with costs.

There is a new biosolids improvement project in effect that will affect much of the present plant located near the turnpike in West Palm Beach. The presentation was dated July 14, 2014 but Lake Worth gave its presentation to the public on September 19, well after the election. Lake Worth is a member along with West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. Tipping fees for waste has gone up to $56 per wet ton. The entire project is estimated at a cost of $112,794,000, so far, as designs are not totally complete and costs continue to change. This will be paid off through a five year bond.

We are one of the poorest cities in Palm Beach County and taxes are going up by 9.7% along with water (5%) and sewer (8%) for five years, an overall 40% increase, to pay for the biosolids improvement plant.  In June it was said that the Regional Sewer Fund was adjusted based on the settlement agreement reached with our contracted sub-regional customers in FY 2013. A true-up calculation was completed based on audited FY 13 financial reports.  At that time it was stated that they will only be charged a 1% increase by us. On 9-23, the commission will be voting on the final charge--it is on Consent Agenda.

 And just think, Lake Worth still wanted to grab $63.5 million more.

PM David Cameron Speech Scotland Rejects Independence Scotland votes 'no' to Scottish independence

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With a vote of 55 to 45, Scotland remains part of the UK.

Travel and Lodging and Seminar fees for Lake Worth City Commission

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During this past year, the Travel Budget totaled $24,500 that included registrations, travel and lodging. 

REGISTRATIONS
$1,500--Annual National League of Cities (3 attendees)
$   700--National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute (1 attendee)
$   600--U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. (1 attendee)
$1,170--National League of Cities Congressional Conference  (2 attendees)
$   100--Sea Level Rise Conference (1 attendee--you know the one that they condemn McVoy for)
$   530--Florida League of Mayor's Conference (1 attendee)

TRAVEL AND LODGING
$3,800--Annual Florida League of Cities (3 attendees)
$5,400--Annual National League of Cities (3 attendees)
$1,750--U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. (1 attendee)
$4,400--National League of Cities Congressional Conference  (2 attendees)
$    50--Sea Level Rise Conference (1 attendee--you know the one that they condemn McVoy for)
$   550--Florida League of Mayors Business Summit (1 attendee)
$   550--Florida League of Mayors Millenial Summit (1 attendee)
$3,000--PB County League of Cities October Meeting

The budget was $15,000 but now has been upped to $25,000 as it appears they over spent their budget in 2014.  Of course, the city manager approves of this and signs off on it. Right under $20,000 was for the vice mayor who was the President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities and a few other commissioners, to attend League of Cities business. We have had one formal report from one commissioner on his travel expense--Commissioner McVoy whose trip cost a whopping $150.00 on Sea Level Rise.  The mayor gave a brief minute from the dais to report on her trip to Washington, D.C and rubbing elbows with Lois Frankel. The rest of the meeting reports to the public by commissioners?  Forget about it.

The city commission doesn't mind spending and believe that this is for the greater good. Scott Maxwell is the past president of the Palm Beach County League of Cities and his travel costs for their events are picked up by you. We don't know the benefit to the City of Lake Worth for all of this "education." As said in previous blogs, the League of Cities teaches elected officials how to screw their constituents and the people they are supposed to serve.

Still on the 2014 horizon for the Leagues of Cities are the following:

NOVEMBER

13-14 Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference – Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel

18-22 National League of Cities Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition - Austin, TX

$25,000 is a lot of potholes.

Sunrise today

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Palm Beach County

Read about how Palm Beach County is lagging behind in income and jobs.

City of Lake Worth Campaign Spending

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Final accounting of the LW 2020 general obligation election campaign and educational outreach effort  that was paid through a Commission approved $50k budget. Lake Worth continually told the public that they were not campaigning, only "educating" the public.  Then why buy a voter's list?

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What's it going to take to protect America?



Judicial Watch had reported that they believed that Islamic terrorists would cross our border prior to September 11. Their concerns were dissed by Homeland Security.  Last night on the Megyn Kelly show, it was exposed by Rep Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, that four men with ties to known terrorist organizations crossed into Texas on September 10 at two different areas.  Read about it...

There are so many people walking across our border that we can't sufficiently even protect our own country. What about the next crazy bunch of enemies who want to destroy us? Will we be able to intercept them? According to Chaffetz:
  • 466,000 people have been captured crossing the border over the last 351 days.
  • Those captured represented people from 143 different countries, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.
  • 157,000 got away per Homeland Security.
  • What about the hundreds of thousand who were NOT captured?
 How many terrorists are on our homeland ready to strike, bring us down, bomb our buildings, behead our citizens? What's it going to take, Mr. President, to protect our country?

Message from Carl Domino

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No man or woman left behind ...

That was our creed in the United States Navy where, for over 20 years, I served as a decorated naval commander of men and women in uniform. In Vietnam, I learned first hand that "no man or woman left behind" is more than just a military slogan. It's a matter of principle.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West also understands this code.

After a slim loss to Pelosi's "favorite" politician in 2012, West has now moved on to other battlefields.
West held the line against Nancy Pelosi during some of the darkest days of Obama's reign of destruction when he served in Congress. But the Democratic machine lined up its entire liberal resources and propped up Patrick Murphy to defeat West. Allen West was left behind, and now I am ready to defeat Murphy in the same seat he took from West and return it into its rightful Republican hands. Can I count on your immediate support?

In 2012, I personally hosted a fundraiser at my home for Allen West - it was the final fundraiser of his campaign - and he asked me to host it because I so passionately supported a conservative direction for our country.
Now as the official Republican nominee to reclaim and restore this Congressional seat, my marching orders are clear: put Washington back to work for the people by cutting the perks and hold the Obama-Pelosi team accountable.

Patrick Murphy had his chance to do this and he failed miserably. In voting 84% of the time with Pelosi, he has disgraced this seat. Now it's time for Pelosi's puppet to exit stage left. He will vote to restore Pelosi as Speaker of the House, and I will fight her on any liberal program she promotes. This seat does not belong to the Obama-Pelosi team-- it belongs to the Republican-Conservative team. It's a call to arms for America to stand up for freedom and the American dream.

If you agree, please follow this link to contribute $10 or more and help me restore Allen West's seat into the hands of another conservative champion.It's time for electoral payback!

Sincerely,

Carl Domino
Conservative for Congress


P.S. Election Day is less than 50 days away, Murphy has raised almost $4 million dollars from his and Pelosi's liberal pals -- and I am currently outgunned. Please DONATE and bring that fight to the November elections.
 

Lake Worth Dangerous city

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The Sun Sentinel brings our city to the forefront once again as one of the top most dangerous cities in Florida.

Read about it...

#14. Lake Worth
( Scott Fisher, Sun Sentinel )
Population: 35,788
Total number of crimes: 2,189
Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 16">

In our case, slum and blight and the steady decline of our neighborhoods have attracted criminals. The PBSO has its hands full but for the most part, they seem to be reactive rather than proactive. Until we eradicate the slum and blight, these stats will not improve.

By this report  for 2014, we rank 42nd most dangerous city in the COUNTRY.

A Pitbull in Heat

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Lake Worth and its legal team has its tentacles out all over the place still attempting to put a damper and cast doubt on Lake Worth's recent election. They like to "win the game" no matter who they step on--the Supervisor of Elections and two judges and even verbal set-ups of residents who opposed them. The city is sort of like a pitbull in heat taking the lead from the commission and its attorney.

The Palm Beach Post, the most accommodating and liberal newspaper in Florida, is agreeing with the Lake Worth City Commission that it needs to tax and spend and to get every property owner in debt for 34 years. They call the recent election voter "repression." You have to be kidding me.

Even if all 14 provisional ballots had been counted, the city STILL WOULD HAVE LOST. Out of 3,115 votes, 14 were rejected because of error. This is less than one-half of one percent and yet Lake Worth had the highest voter turnout in the County.

Read about it... at the Palm Beach Post.

Scary Business


“The U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Obama to exert a high degree of personal control over the campaign, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential sign-off for any strike in Syrian territory,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama is paranoid about this becoming another Iraqi war. Congress just approved a measure to arm Syrian rebels many of whom are the bad guys. Of course, most of our armaments eventually get into the hands of our enemies, even ISIS.  We armed the Iraqi army with high-tech American-made guns, artillery, tanks, and jeeps. Obama took our troops out and ISIS went in and took it all to use and to massacre innocents and behead children. Now we're going to bomb them along with all of our equipment that they stole worth multi-millions.

It's been reported that the two main factions of Syrian rebel units that are known to be Al Qaeda - Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant don't get along. So, we are going to arm Al Qaeda, an enemy?

And just think--Obama has his pen and his phone as he fights a brutal enemy from his golf cart.