Monday, October 20, 2014

Obama has lost his Mojo

With sagging popularity, the magic that President Obama once enjoyed at political rallies appears to have vanished into thin air, as a crowd of spectators walked out on the president during a speech for Democrats Sunday in Maryland. He even got a heckler.

Read more... at WND.

We can't afford Charlie Crist

A few Democrat PACS backing a non-partisan PB County School Board race

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Democrats are "clever" folks and you have to follow the dots.

There are many more Democrats registered to vote in Palm Beach County than Republicans.

Registered Voters as of 10/19/2014
  REP:  236,850
  DEM: 368,672
  Total: 848,457

The Palm Beach County School board race is non-partisan but on Saturday Fact Check Florida electioneering Committee just made it partisan when it sent out a flyer endorsing a Democrat for District 4, the only run-off for PB County School Board.

It has collected $226,075.00 to date and has expended $220,550.96. The committee was formed in July 2013 and  registered in Jacksonville.  In October 2013, it failed to file a Treasury Report.  Consequently it was fined $650.00. Now it seems this Committee has failed to file again. Matthew Martz is the chairperson with a 561 area code telephone number.

Scratch mine and I will definitely scratch yours--Martz, who is also listed on LinkedIn as an account executive at Mad Dog Mail, has ties to Cesar Fernandez, Rick Kriseman’s campaign manager who ran for mayor of St. Petersburg and won by 55% of the vote. This committee backed him. Both men worked on the campaign last year for state Sen. Jeff Clemens. Democrat Jeff Clemens has given money to one of the run-off candidates for PB County School Board, also a Democrat, along with his OWN Pac's contribution of $2,000. Most of our present commisison has also donated to this Democratic candidate.

Clemens' PAC, along with Jeremy Ring (D-Margagte) Committee for a Prosperous Florida, has received tens of thousands of dollars from Florida companies that operate Internet gambling caf├ęs and from the Malaysia-based Genting Group, a global giant in the casino industry.

Quote of the Day - John F. Kennedy

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“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society… We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.”

~ John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

Thirty-eight national press organizations and transparency groups—including the Society for Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Poynter Institute—called on the Obama administration to end 'politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies' in a letter to the White House that was released Tuesday, writes the Washington Free Beacon.

We see  pervasive "secrecy" and government's control of the press at all levels. Obama told us that his government was going to be the most transparent. Joel Simon, executive director of the CPJ said “There is a systematic effort to marginalize and undermine the work of the press."

On a local level, there is nothing we can do about personal opinion and the political spin or a commission that just wants its way regardless of the opposition or the outcome of an initiative. All we can do is expose it and/or vote them out. There can be two of us observing and listening to the same commissioners and walk away with a totally different message as evident by the two local blogs that dabble and write about local politics.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunset 10-19-14

Man jumped off Lake Worth Bridge

A helicopter and paramedics were at the base of our Lake Worth Bridge last night. Now we know what they were doing.
Read about it...

MAME at Lake Worth Playhouse

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First play for this season at our very own Lake Worth Playhouse--fabulous musical--don't miss it.

Letter to the Editor - Dr. Steve Rosen speaks out

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Our friend, Dr. Steve Rosen, wrote a letter to the Sun Sentinel editor.  Although this election does not affect us here, following is his letter:

I would strongly advise voters in Florida's 34th Senate district to support Maria Sachs for re-election over Ellyn Bogdanoff. In 2012, then Sen. Bogdanoff, at the behest of a local dog groomer, added Amendment 303390 to an agriculture bill that lifted a 40-year ban on the artificial coloring of animals.

The animals affected by this included chicks, ducks, rabbits, turtles as well as dogs whose owners colored their coats to win contests.

The coloring led to their sales as presents for small children who were not mature enough to handle them. As soon as the children lost interest, the animals were often taken to places like the Wildlife Care Center, or simply dumped outdoors to fend for themselves — which meant starvation or being eaten by predators. Often the animals were abused by small children and showed up at rescues with broken bones. Fortunately, we were able to reinstate this ban with the help of Maria Sachs.

This is the legacy of Ellyn Bogdanoff. If you believe her empty promises about prison reform, non-violent offenders and other talking points she spouts to win election, consider the words of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:

"Compassion towards animals is essentially bound up with goodness of character. Whoever is cruel to them cannot be good to men."

Dr. Steve Rosen, Davie

Quote of the Day - Rick Scott - Ebola

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“We continue to hope we will never have a case of Ebola in Florida, but unfortunately, we have seen from the CDC’s own admission that they have failed to get ahead of this disease’s spread in America to date – and we will do everything we can in Florida to get the CDC’s full engagement to protect our Florida health care workers, our citizens and our visitors.”

~ Gov. Rick Scott 
Bradenton Herald recommends Scott

Florida continued to push its own solutions, pushing for travel bans on impacted nations and calling for more leadership from the White House on the issue. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said on Thursday that he backed having an Ebola czar, a proposal floated by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., among others.  Read more...

Vote YES on 1

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16 more days!
For the first time in our state's history, Amendment 1 will establish a dedicated funding source to acquire, manage, and restore our waterways and natural lands. Florida will have stable, long-term funding to secure our drinking water, clean up our springs, preserve our Everglades, provide habitat for wildlife, and solve the critical water problems that face our state. Amendment 1 will accomplish all of this without raising taxes.

Rare Cosmic Event today

NASA Photo

Today, a comet the size of a mountain will come within 87,000 miles of Mars at a speed of 126,000 mph. This event happens approximately once every million years.

If you want to watch this unique cosmic event, you can watch a live stream on the astronomy website, which starts at 2:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Read more... at Opposing Views.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunset 10-18-14

Warning from ISIS

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“We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring.”

Muscovy at John Prince Park

Giving me "the eye"

Chris Christie with Mark Foley


Crist/Scott Debate - Opening Moments

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Three points here.
  • One: Leon Wolf is right. Charlie Crist is a troll. Either that or he desperately needed the fan for cosmetic reasons, to keep all that bronzer from melting off under the lights
  • Two: Even if Crist weren’t a troll, given his history of shameless, almost sociopathic careerism, no one should be voting for him. Rick Scott could have walked out, copped a squat onstage, and then walked off and he’d still be preferable on “Anybody But Crist” grounds to a guy whose only political principle is his own advancement.
  • Three: It was stupid of Scott to boycott over a fan, even for a few minutes. Crist was the petty one, as Wolf points out, posturing as though he was hellbent on debating serious issues but not quite so hellbent that he’d turn off his fan, which was in fact in violation of the rules, to do it. But Scott played into his hands by handing Crist that photo op of him alone at his podium, ready to engage while his opponent hid. (Scott claimed later that he wasn’t refusing to take the stage, just waiting while Crist debated the rules on the fan with debate organizers.

Read more... at Hotair.