Friday, July 3, 2015

The Confederate Flag

A new poll says American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains virtually unchanged from 15 years ago, despite the events in Charleston, S.C., with most respondents describing the Rebel emblem as a symbol of pride and heritage. So, all these people trying to make something out of our history and calling the rebel flag "racist," and removing monuments, etc. need to get a grip.

Nancy and Gays

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In spite of being a Catholic, one thing that you can say about Nancy Pelosi is that she never flipped flopped on the issue of gay equality and gay marriage. Gay adults make up 1.6% to the latest Gallup Poll of 3.8% of our population. Gay marriage wasn't about politics for her nor was it about the teachings of her church. She stood by what she believed and one year ago even went after San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. She did not want him to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as “venom masquerading as virtue.”

While what some believe is a symbol of anti-Christian hate and repression — the rainbow-colored gay “pride”  flagflew everywhere, Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest frequently seen on Fox News, reported via Twitter Sunday that during a pro-gay marriage parade in New York, “two men walked by and spat on me.”


"I just wanted to write you to say thank you! Your dedication to equality and justice for all makes days like this possible. Wherever you are, I hope you’re celebrating, too!"
Nancy

Hudson Holding's party on the 4th

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Well, we're down to the wire for tomorrow's party by Hudson Holding's at their Gulfstream Hotel. So far, the guest list comprises 208 people and most have not rsvp'd.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell says he is attending.  So is Peggy Fisher and Wes Blackman. I can't imagine it would be much of a party without  them.

Marco Rubio presents bill that blocks US dollars to be used for Cuban Military

Marco Rubio, a first generation American and of Cuban heritage, is staunchly opposed to Obama's new Cuban policy that all has to do with eventually closing down Guantanamo Bay, something he promised to do years ago.  It is the last promise to fulfill before he leaves office and our country is a little bloody for all his "hope and change."

Can you even imagine recognizing a regime that is known for systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial execution. Until 1992, it was an atheist country that still, to this day, has tight controls over freedom of religion. There are limits on just about everything that we in this country take for granted because of our Constitution such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Just two days ago, Marco Rubio introduced a bill, The Cuban Military Transparency Act, "that would prevent U.S. dollars from getting into the hands of the Cuban military and would demand accountability from the Obama Administration regarding fugitives of American justice in Cuba, the return of stolen and uncompensated property and the role of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior in Cuba." Source: The Hill

“It is not in the interest of the United States or the people of Cuba for the U.S. to become a financier of the Castro regime’s brutality,” Rubio said.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Save the Black Bear

LWVF Natural Resources Committee
League of Women Voters of Florida – Bear/Human Conflict - Public Comment - 6/24/2015

The League of Women Voters of Florida provided comment at the February meeting of the FWC concerning the depletion of a natural food source for black bears as a probable cause for increased bear/human conflicts.

Scientific studies by Howe and Obbard show that the number of bear/human conflicts is inversely proportional to the availability of natural food. If bears have a source of natural food, they tend not to risk confrontation with humans.

The natural diet of a black bear requires about a half ton of saw palmetto berries over the three month period prior to hibernation. In February, we expressed concern over migrant workers being paid to illegally harvest saw palmetto berries on state and federal lands.

Since that time we have learned that our assertion was false. The migrant workers were not illegally harvesting the berries, they were LEGALLY harvesting berries from public lands under Special Use Permits issued by the Florida Forest Service. The forest service has been selling permits to harvest the berries on public lands, indeed over one million acres of publicly owned lands, under a program to make state forests financially self-sustaining.

This poorly conceived directive to make state forests and state parks financially self-sustaining is in direct contradiction to generations of good stewardship by forward thinking public servants of both political parties. The depletion of the black bears natural food source may well have been the underlying cause for most if not all of the recent bear/human conflicts. And yet the FWC remains silent on this point in its press releases and public statements.

According to the FWC's own manual "Black Bear Habitat Management Guidelines for Florida," "Saw palmetto is likely the most important biotic component of the black bear habitat." "There is likely no other native mammal in Florida that depends on saw palmetto to the extent that the black bear does."

The prudent course of action would be to increase the availability of the black bear's natural food supply. Another report published by the FWC "Ecology and Management of Saw Palmetto" states: "Commercial harvest of palmetto berries from conservation lands should be prohibited until such time as regional berry crop monitoring programs have been developed and implemented."

Instead the FWC chooses to ignore its own scientific studies in favor of a bear hunt. Will a one week hunting season actually reduce the number of bear/human conflicts? Scientific research by Obbard et al. (2014) concluded "We found no significant correlations between harvest and subsequent HBC (human/bear conflicts). Although it may be intuitive to assume that harvesting more bears should reduce (human/bear conflicts), empirical support for this assumption is lacking despite considerable research."

Two hundred thirty nine years ago, at our nation’s founding, Jefferson penned these words: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Consent of the governed, an interesting concept.

In 1998, when 72% of the governed voted for Amendment 5 to create this very commission “for the purposes of management, protection, and conservation of wild animal life;” In 2014 when 75% of the governed voted for Amendment 1 to allocate funding “for conservation lands including wetlands, forests, and fish and wildlife habitat;” In 2015 when 75% of the public comments to the FWC stated that they wanted non-lethal measures to solve bear/human conflicts – we can only ask “What part of ‘consent of the governed’ don’t you understand?”

Chuck O’Neal, First Vice President
LWV of Florida
Lwvocnr@aol.com

Hillary's latest Insanity

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"In a really insane response to a criticism by Hillary’s GOP rivals, her campaign chairman went off the rails and said pro-life Christians are just like the Taliban and ISIS. This is not an exaggeration."  Hillary is addicted to deception. I guess all this secret e-mail stuff has caused her to lose her mind.

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Florida gets big settlement in BP oil spill

“In 2010, our state – and the entire Gulf region – woke up to a story that shook the nation; an oil spill that not only threatened states that depend on the Gulf for their economic livelihood, but their very way of life,” Pam Bondi said. “Today, after just five years of negotiations, I’m pleased to announce that Florida has entered into an agreement in principle of more than $3 billion with BP for the state’s economic and environmental recovery which will benefit areas of the state most devastated by the spill.”

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Lake Worth Ranking near the bottom

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You 'gotta' be 'kiddin' me pal!

It's near the bottom of the ranking as a family friendly place to live but that doesn't deter some folks with the rah rah.  But isn't that what a mayor is supposed to do? If it weren't for all the slum, blight, poverty, high unemployment and crime, maybe we could raise our ranking. We certainly do have the amenities and with the next budget, those too might be less affordable when you and your family park at our beach.

Mayor Pam Triolo said she wasn’t surprised Lake Worth was listed.
“We have a lot of cool stuff for families to do,” she said. “And we have a great downtown with live music and art. I’m very excited because people are more willing to reinvest in our city.”

Karla Engel points to the city’s small town charm as one reason why she loves Lake Worth.
“It’s wonderful to bump into people we know wherever we go,” she said.

Read Kevin D. Thompson's article

A better article came out on June 16th--Click here

Holy Polygamy

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It didn't take long--

A former Mormon filed an application for a marriage license to take two wives. He says, hey, if gays can marry than I should be able to marry two women in holy polygamy.

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What's next? Holy cow.

We're here to F**k up the tiny liberal punks

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Dozens of bikers showed up at Fort Greene Park in New York City when they learned there was a group of anti-police crazies gathered to burn the American Flag.

As one biker said, “We’re here to f*** up tiny liberal punks.

And over this weekend we have a heightened concern about terrorist attacks. As you wear your red, white and blue, remember that the FBI is on high alert and has joined the Department of Homeland Security to warn local law enforcement officials across the country. And here in Lake Worth, while you watch the vice mayor get dunked, look for more police presence at Bryant Park.

Quote of the Day - Rick Scott - On Abortion

UPDATE: Things change second by second. Within minutes of Pam Bondi issuing a "stay" of the Judge's ruling, The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights moved to lift the "stay." The law is NOT in effect.
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"As a parent and a grandparent, the sanctity of life is important to me. This 24-hour waiting period is an important step to protecting life while ensuring there is more time to make a life-changing decision.”

~ Gov Rick Scott

Responding to the recent Circuit Court Judge Charles Francis’ emergency injunction and then Attorney General Pam Bondi's appeal of that decision. The new abortion 24 hour waiting period effect is in effect.

 Rick Scott keeps on fighting for the rights of the unborn.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Supreme Court rules against EPA

Pollution Limits
In three environmental regulation cases, the court found the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to undertake a cost-benefit analysis in deciding whether to set limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants.
5-4
DISSENT
MAJORITY
Sotomayor
Kagan
Ginsburg
Breyer
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Alito
Thomas

Shanon Materio Re-election Kick-off Party

Shanon Materio has started her campaign for re-election by having a party at EmKo. 
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Clay Glass in Lake Worth

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery
Look for Brother and Sister/ Love Birds / Full indoor Renaissance Festival
Four Artists – Three Weeks
First Opening, Friday, July 3 6-10 PM

July is far from “Off-Season” at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, and J Street, in Downtown Lake Worth. The Gallery plans three major individual artist openings and one major show, with artists from around the county. In addition, the gallery celebrates the re-opening of its neighbor, The Bamboo Room. J Street rocks in July.

Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The gallery is located at 15 South J Street in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday thru Thursday, 10AM-6PM. Friday and Saturday, 10AM-10PM. Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-10 PM with many special events in-between.

For information call Joyce Brown-215-205-9441 or Joyce@flamingoclaystudio.org Gallery phone: 561-588-8344. Flamingo Clay Studio has opened a Studio at 216 South F Street for clay, fused glass and small metals artists. Call Joyce for information.

Cpt. Rolando Silva leaving Lake Worth

UPDATE: Cpt. Silva will be a special prosecutor in the State Attorney's office.
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He has been assigned to the State Attorney's office as an employee.  No explanation, new job description or  official date was announced.  Read about it

Former Assistant State Attorney just murdered his Mother

Read about it... how Thomas Schnieders who used to work with former State Attorney Barry Krischer, killed his mother with a crowbar and tried to kill his father who played dead.