Thursday, January 31, 2013

McNamara on Channel 12 tonight

CBS local Channel 12 News's interview with Laurence McNamara tonight regarding his world famous surfer son, Garrett McNamara. Tune in at 11pm for sure and it might be on their 7pm news as well.

Quote of the Day - Senator Ted Cruz

“You explicitly agreed with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully, and… I think the United States has spilled more blood, more treasure standing for freedom, liberating people across the world — and to go on al Jazeera, a foreign network, broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us and to explicitly agree with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully –I would suggest is not the conduct one would expect of a Secretary of Defense.”

~ Senator Ted Cruz, Texas

Cruz was all over Hagel for his traitorous and ridiculous anti-American statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.” Liberals, socialists, communists and the ilk probably hate Cruz for speaking the truth. Hagel is Obama's man for Secretary of Defense.

Government Committees demand more information on Benghazi

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Although the left liberal news media is not reporting much on the Benghazi affair, and Democrats just want it all to go away, Senator Darrell Issa, Edward Royce and Jason Chaffetz co-wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that asks for the State Department to provide emails, cables and memorandums sent or received by her and several others that pertain to security in Benghazi, a complete list of every individual interviewed by a special review board and video footage of the attack by Feb. 11.

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Ban F-16's to Egypt

A floor vote on Sen. Rand Paul's amendment to ban sending F-16 fighter jets to Egypt is expected today.

Now is the time to act. Please call your U.S. Senators now, and tell them to vote 'Yes' on Sen. Rand Paul's ban on sending F-16s to Egypt.

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

We need to urgently flood Congress with phone calls.

Here is Sen. Rand Paul's message posted late last night:

"My amendment to prohibit the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt will be voted on [today]. Please call your Senator and let them know you support this amendment: 202-224-3121"

This no small matter. We need to act now. Remember, Obama's sending our F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to Egypt's terrorist-governed Muslim Brotherhood---the very same people who burn our flag, storm our embassy, and hate everything American' (except our tanks, warplanes, and $1.5 billion in foreign aid).

Complete the Danged Fence

"Complete the danged fence," John McCain said in 2010

Nothing will work until we mean business on our U.S. borders.
2009 ZOGBY POLL -- 83.5% of Florida voters believe illegal aliens have a negative impact on the state budget. 57% believe illegal immigration should be reduced through better enforcement. 68% say they favor continuing work site enforcement.

76% of Hispanics in Florida believe large-scale illegal immigration is a drain on state resources. A similar 76% of Hispanics strongly support the use of E-Verify to protect American jobs. Source: Floridians for a Sustainable Population

315 million ; U.S. population (as of January, 2013)
300 million : U.S. population in 2006
203 million : U.S. population in 1970
459 million : Census projection for 2060
571 million : Census projection for 2100
359 million : U.S. pop. (2060) if we go to zero-net immigration
50% : % of sprawl due to population growth
3.3 million : Annual U.S. population growth
850,000 : New illegal aliens each year
1 million : New legal immigrants each year
900,000 : Births to foreign-born each year
86% : % of pop. growth due to immigration
Sources: Census Bureau, INS, USDA, CPS

Lago Valera - only a "dream?"

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Look what someone is pushing for in Lake Worth. The"dream" appears to be located on S. Palmway and Lake Avenue. At least it's not affordable housing. This is how the Real Estate broker describes the property:

Approved Site Plan for Downtown Lake Worth's Most Valuable Corner! This is the only 3 story project grandfathered not affected by the city's revised building guidelines that now limit downtown structures to two stories. No other property in the downtown area can now provide the necessary density, setbacks and parking for profitable development!!!

Price Reduced by $1,700,000!

Just West of the Intracoastal Bridge to the Ocean.

Prime Downtown Location by Lake Worth's Municipal Golf Course, Intracoastal Waterway, Scenic Bryant Park and the Public Ocean Beach.

23,960 S/F Residential (18 Units)
2,775 S/F Office (2 or 3 Suites)

Lago Valere is a 3-story mixed-use project featuring 18 residential condos averaging 1,330 S/F, featuring 2 master suites and 2 to 2 1/2 baths with 2 assigned covered parking spaces. Second story sun deck garden terrace and pool. Two to three suites of professional office space (2,775 S/F) with lobby access fronting Lake Avenue.

Each unit's main living space features nearly 10' ceilings. Sixteen units include balconies.
Revitalization of downtown Lake Worth is in full stride as historic Lake Worth morphs old Florida charm into one of South Florida's hot spots with cultural events, leisure activities and international dining amid the city's historic splendor.

Further evidence of the renaissance occurring in downtown Lake Worth is renovation of the neighboring historic National Historic Site, the Gulfstream Hotel, to target the high-end carriage trade.

Plans for the city's multi-million redevelopment of the beach front historic casino building, shops, restaurants and Olympic-sized swimming pool are already underway.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Laurence McNamara on TV tonight

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Laurence McNamara was interviewed this evening by Channel 25, ABC TV, regarding his son, Garrett McNamara, who just broke the world record for highest wave ever surfed. Look for the interview to appear tonight on the 11 o'clock news.

Patrick Murphy - "It's gross"

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Young Ibis at Lake Osborne

News is slow today so meet Mr. Ibis.

I would estimate this Ibis as a teenager if you are comparing him to human age. Pretty coloring nevertheless.

Orlando Utility Commission selected as energy provider

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Orlando Utility Commission was chosen as our new energy provider.

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC: "The Reliable One") was chartered in 1923. It's about as old as Lake Worth Utilities. The difference in this facility and ours is that Orlando has the population to generate the resources allowing it to be one of the best electric facilities in the State. It takes money to run an electric utility plant, something of which our small city is in short supply.

OUC is the second largest locally owned electric utility in Florida and the 16th largest in the nation. The company is governed by a five-member commission (including the Mayor of Orlando), and is responsible for all operating policies.

OUC owns and operates the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center and portions of other power plants in Florida. Notable ownership includes the Indian River Plant north of Cocoa, a former OUC plant now owned by RRI Energy; as well as a 6.08% stake in the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant near Fort Pierce. OUC also owns eight water plants.

Lake Worth's Select Committee, consisting of 7 members (city commissioners, Finance Director and Chair of the Utility Board), all voted for Orlando Utility Commission as this company was the lowest bidder across the board based on the city's requirements in the RFP.

As price and terms plus reliability were our top considerations, this was a good, sound vote by our city and void of politics except when former candidate for District 4, Lisa Maxwell, Chair of the Electric Utility Board,  condemned a former commission for not getting a bid on the sale of our utility in the RFP and not requiring that all bidders have their costs made public.  At the time it was originally discussed, Sue Hersey said that it should be a separate RFP to sell our Utility. Last night attorney Schef said that if bids were public then we would have had totally different results. Under Florida law, bidders have the right to protect trade secrets and price is a part of that.

One-Way Mirrored Doors to Lake Worth's Executive Offices

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Here's looking at ya
Let's keep those pesky "bad guys" out

Other than the City Clerk's office, I had not been to City Hall in several weeks and therefore had not noticed the new one-way mirrored door into the executive offices.

The thought of security to the executive offices started in 2009 shortly after Susan Stanton was hired. Scott Maxwell visited her when he was active in the anti-illegal immigration issue and before he became commissioner for District 1. Following an incident that day where she thought she needed a panic button, the former city manager was bombarded by people just dropping by, walking into her office and expecting an instant meeting. When they were turned down, some got hostile. Some were hostile under normal circumstances when they visited City Hall and privacy was impossible.

Because of hate e-mails (hate e-mails are sometimes nothing more than communications from people who disagree with you), she then had a security lock installed. There was a lot of brouhaha. She was chastised severely for trying to make her offices secure and safe, not only for herself but staff as well,  and accused by the commission of making it "unfriendly" and "unwelcoming." Maxwell made a big to do about it all and the then commission made her unlock the door and keep the doors opened throughout the day. After that, the newly elected commission fired Stanton--this action would bring stability they said and make City Hall a more "friendly" place.

We see one-way mirrors in criminal interrogation rooms where there is one-way mirrored glass. On the bad guys' side, the criminal sees his own reflection. On the good guys' side, the large amount of light coming from the criminals' side is what they see. This is done purposely to make it "unfriendly," intimidating and sneaky.

Now that City Manager Michael Bornstein is Maxwell's NBF, one-way mirrors are the norm that go right along with all the other transparency issues coming out of City Hall.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Armed Security Accosts Newsman

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Surfer Garrett McNamara breaks his own record

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Surfer Garrett McNamara 'rides world record 100ft wave' in Portugal

The Idiots who run this country

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This applies to all political parties & their representative but mostly those who like to call themselves "progressives"... also, I don't care if this has been on the Internet for 100 years--it was sent to me and it makes sense.

  • You Live In A Country Run By Idiots that we elected !!!
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if...You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... A seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for calling his teacher "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Children are forcibly removed from parents who appropriately discipline them while children of "underprivileged" drug addicts are left to rot in filth infested cesspools of a “home”.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while some slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... The government's plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work).
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Politicians think that stripping away the amendments to the constitution is really protecting the rights of the people.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... The rights of the Government come before the rights of the individual.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You can write a post like this just by reading the news headlines.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iPhones, TV's and new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax dollars).
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you "safe".
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... An 80 year old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched.
  • You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Using the "N" word is considered "hate speech" but writing and singing songs about raping women and killing cops is considered "art".

Lake Worth man arrested for beating 5 year old

Child abuser arrested who lives at 1401 S C ST, LAKE WORTH, FL 33460.

Bonded out on $5,000 for slam-dunking his mentally challenged five year old nephew to the ground and beating him. Read more... about the creep.

Habitat for Humanity homes to be built in Lake Worth

Volunteers are in town to help with Habitat for Humanity and building 10 homes in Lake Worth before February 11. With less than two weeks remaining, the CRA and its partners in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program will work hard to meet the Feb. 11 deadline or be subject to losing the remainder of the Grant. Several months ago, Mike McManaman with the CRA said, “I don’t expect us to lose one dollar.”

"Owners of the Habitat homes in Lake Worth buy them with zero-interest loans and are paying about $475 a month for the new homes, including taxes and insurance — less than they would pay to rent a home or apartment in most cases."


Obama's Amnesty - Giving away the farm

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U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas said, “No one should be surprised that individuals who have supported amnesty in the past still support amnesty. When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration. By granting amnesty, the Senate proposal actually compounds the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration.”

Now that Obama has convinced prominent and powerful Republican Senators on his bi-partisan immigration committee that 11 million illegals are here and we can't do a damn thing about them but to throw in the towel and give them a chance at citizenship, the border still needs to be secured and E-Verify needs to be in place. But According to Exelis Systems Corporation, the company that built and jointly maintains TARS with the U.S. Air Force, the government has ordered a complete shutdown of Aerostat flight operations that help secure our borders.

Not only will this closure mean hundreds of people will be out of jobs, but it also means our borders will not be safe, especially along the remote U.S. Mexico Border like in Texas. These defense radars detect low flying aircraft infiltrating our borders. Without these defense radars, low flying aircraft will go undetected. It will be open season for any drug/gun/slave smugglers, terrorists flying in with nukes, low altitude missiles, or even a full scale low elevation invasion/attack against America.

Read more... at Market Daily News.

It has been reported at The Washington Post that today, Obama will announce his own plan for immigration reform--more liberal they say. He wants to outshine the Bi-Partisan Committee. Part of the Senate plan would let illegal immigrants obtain legal residency quickly but it would not allow them to seek full citizenship until border security had been improved and a new system was in place for employers to verify the employment status of workers. Obama, not to be outdone, says "no" to that. How did America ever get to this place?

So much for compromise. So much for any policy that protects our country, our workers and our taxpayers who have been supporting this abominable travesty as America falls more and more into a welfare state and more and more people don't even speak English.

Monday, January 28, 2013

As the Sun was setting

Basketball Tonight

Message from LW alumnus:

Alumni night: TONIGHT Jan 28th LWHS

Basketball Game to honor LWHS Girls & Boys Basketball teams for their Successful season..

Come on out. Let's get together and give these players support...they have done exceptionally well this season.

January 28, 7pm at the Lake Worth High School gym

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Obama and the State of Illinois

So far, I can't get past page three of the PB Post.  The latest is that Illinois has now given ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS permission to drive, allowing them to have driver's licenses, a privilege in most states across the country. They say it is a safety measure, another burrowing its head in the sand policy measure.

The ONLY public safety measure is and always has been is to tighten our borders and get tougher with criminals--not give them the privilege of driving a car.  Illinois, the home of jailed  Rod Blagojevich who is the fourth Illinois governor jailed in four decades is almost as "progressive" and bankrupt as California and a state that passed its own Dream Act in 2010. What can you expect from a liberal state that preened community organizer Barack Obama for higher office.

For years, the state has spent beyond its means and ignored its unpaid bills and obligations. Its mantra:  We don't have the money; we won't worry about it; we just won't pay what we owe. In  FY2011, Illinois faced a projected budget deficit of $14-15 Billion and total debt of around $160 Billion. Most of the debt - $130 Billion, is related to public sector retirement programs.

When President Barack Obama retires, he will receive an estimated lifetime total payout $383,535 from the Illinois state pension he earned in eight years as a state lawmaker, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative-leaning policy organization.

Quote of the Day - Obama's claim to fame

"We not only passed the Dream Act last year, we passed driver's licenses for those who are undocumented."

~ President Obama

The President speaking about his home State of Illinois.

Kilwins at Lake Worth Casino

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Indulge in their homemade Delights:
Caramel Corn , Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Covered frozen bananas, Peanut Brittle, Pecan Brittle, Cashew Brittle, Caramel Apples, Chocolate Covered Rice Krispies, Chocolate Covered graham Crackers, Handmade Truffles, Tuttles, Gift items, Gift Baskets, Gift Cards and much more.

Chuck Hagel

Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel is deeply embedded with a network of pro-Iran foreign policy groups that have lobbied to lift economic sanctions and boost U.S. engagement with Tehran.

Hagel sits on the board of Ploughshares Fund, a progressive foundation that has granted more than $2 million to organizations that employ some of Hagel’s most outspoken advocates, who favor lifting sanctions on Iran, oppose military action against its nuclear program, and hope to weaken the U.S.-Israel alliance.

Read more... on Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee who has been embraced by Tehran with Iran rated as our TOP ENEMY

Lake Worth March Election

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Palm Beach Post article
Thanks to the Neighborhood President's Council getting into the act, as well as the "visionary" city commissioners who just must grow our downtown for bogus reasons, the City of Lake Worth will be "educating" the voters.

The City Manager Michael Bornstein, who takes direction from the majority commission, said city staffers are working on a presentation that will show what buildings would look like in the Lake and Lucerne corridor under existing regulations.

“We’re not doing a comparison,” Bornstein said. “We have to be careful not to in any way take one side or the other.”

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Palm Beach Post
Letters to the Editor
Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Ag Reserve west of Boynton Beach is a perfect place to grow winter vegetables. The county should have made the reserve 100-percent agriculture, but developers wanted to put some houses in the area. From the start, this has resulted in conflicts.

Even though the Ag Reserve was never intended to have services, homeowners were promised services. The county compromised, promising a 60–40 split between agriculture and housing. But this depended upon the clustering of housing. Builders agreed to these terms to protect the integrity of the Ag Reserve. Now KRG/Atlantic Delray Beach wishes to break the agreement, because it can make more money through urban sprawl than clustering.

Every time the county makes an agreement with the builders, the builders come back and ask to break the agreement. If we continue, developers will drive agriculture out of the county at a time when climate change is damaging farming around the world. We may someday be dependent upon these farms for food. We need farms more than more homes.

Lake Worth
Editor’s note: Drew Martin is Conservation Chair, Loxahatchee Group, of the Sierra Club.

Funniest Quote of the Day - Sen. Tom Harkin

"It's not easy to walk away, but life is fleeting. I've had the privilege to be here for FORTY YEARS.  Too many people hang on to power for too long, and that's NOT right."

~ Sen Tom Harkin, Democrat Iowa

Elected to the house in 1974, he is finally retiring at age 73. They must be growing funny stuff in all that corn.

Phoniest Quote of the Day - Gov. Rick Scott

“I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the front-line of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children.”

~ Governor Rick Scott

Mark Foley is a 10

Mark Foley is featured as number 10 out of a total of 25 worst post politics career choices for politicians throughout American history.  Click here for the rest of the story.

A few years ago he did an interview with Fox News and said: 
"From 18th century French armoires to letters signed by Abraham Lincoln, the items at 'Celebrity Consignment' in an historic section of the Florida town (West Palm beach) are raking in profits. Sales have been brisk," he said, attributing the shop's newfound publicity to "having a name that's known," his name.

The last time we checked, the store was located at  1930 N. Dixie Highway and next door to where the old Carefree Theater used to be in the Flamingo Park neighborhood. Guess it's still there.

Women in combat roles

Who has the best argument? Take the poll to the right.

Bryant Park Fountain

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Starting off the day with something really nice--

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tonight's Full Moon

Get outside and see it--really spectacular.

ICE agents have standing says the Judge

Federal District Court Judge Reed O'Conner has ruled that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge in Federal court the so-called Morton Memo on prosecutorial discretion and the DREAM directive on deferred action.

The agents filed their complaint in October, charging that unconstitutional and illegal directives from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton order the agents to violate federal laws or face adverse employment actions. This is a major first step for the ICE agents in their case against the administration!

Read all the details in "Anne's new blog.

More Red-Light cameras for West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach city commissioners are adding 52 red-light cameras at various intersections throughout the city.

Click here to find out where they will be installed.

Lake Worth Casino - Our Gem

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The view from the 2nd level

It's official...the Centennial Committee has closed future ticket sales to the Centennial Ball for the purpose of a fundraiser. It is being  held on February 16th beginning at 7pm. The Centennial Committee is trying to raise money for a new clock to be erected across from the Casino to replace the one that was there for decades.

Those attending, approximately 300 people, will be wearing various period pieces depicting the last 100 years. Valet parking will be available and the City will not be charging for parking. Simply place a sign on your dash indicating your attendance at the Ball. Parking is on the south side of the Casino or below by A1A.

And for a little trivia:
Our casino was originally built for $100,000 and the builder promised to provide a tunnel from the casino to the beach as well as a 300 foot fishing pier.  If you use the U.S. inflation calculator, the building today would cost $1,366,630.95. It cost 5 times that.

Women arrested for resisting Smart Meters

What is this world coming to?


The Feinstein Banned Weapons List

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First, the good news ...
You can keep your slingshots, peashooters and rubber bands ... for now.

Second, the bad news ...
If you're a gun owner, one or more of your firearms are likely on Diane Feinstein's list. See if you own one of the 120 banned weapons.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Tonight's Moon

Serious auto crash in Lake Worth

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Crash on 6th Avenue South sends one to hospital.  Read more...

Obama's First term Job stats on those out of Labor Force

( - The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 80,507,000 American civilians age 16 or older who did not have a job or seek one. In December 2012, there were 88,839,000—thus, the increase of 8,332,000.

Read more... of the ugly truth.

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Tropical Hardwood Hammock and Snook Islands

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The Phase II construction job is underway on the Intracoastal Waterway in Lake Worth.

The as-built planting scheme was a volunteer project held last March 3rd (2012). We have some remarkable residents in our city, two of whom are Gael Silverblatt & Dave Niemi, (former members of the Lake Worth Planning & Zoning Board who got politically removed by the "visionaries." Gael was also Tree Board Chair for about 7 years...). They got a whole Maritime Hardwood Hammock Restoration Project for the city...for free. The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society gave them the only money that was used for the project: $220 for fertilizer.

Gael, David and many volunteers planted the foilage.

Tropical hardwood hammocks are one of many natural communities found in Florida, but one of the few that are characterized by tropical plants. The word “hammock” was first used by early inhabitants to mean a cool and shady place. Later, settlers of Florida used the word “hummock” to indicate areas that were slightly higher in elevation from the rest of the land. Today, the term hammock is used in Florida to describe forest habitats that are typically higher in elevation than surrounding areas and that are characterized by hardwood forests of broad-leaved evergreens. Tropical hardwood hammocks occur in south Florida and along the Florida coastlines where danger from frost is rare and tropical trees and shrubs common to the Caribbean islands (West Indian origin) are able to survive. Read more...

Aerial Photo from Dave Niemi with ERM
Trucks are depositing loads of sand and dirt at Bryant park

where it is being lifted to a barge to be transported a little north of the Lake Worth bridge in order to build two more Snook Islands.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Reflection Bay stalled again - Century Village still in limbo

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The Palm Beach County Commission met nearly all day on the Century village controversial proposed development, Reflection Bay. Shelley Vana had jury duty and did not meet the morning part of the testimony. The zoning meetings are considered “quasi-judicial” and Commissioners are required to base their decisions on testimony and evidence presented. Therefore she had to follow procedure and was not allowed to join the meeting upon her return.

With only six commissioners to decide, the vote was split 50/50. Jess Santamaria was the hero of the day and presented the best argument to deny the developer and it revolved around two reasons:  1) The perpetuity clause has to do with the heart and soul of the argument.  He even bought a new Webster's dictionary to read up on the meaning.  "I have to protect my constituents," he said. 2) Most of the buyers who bought into Century village relied on the golf course. He felt the solution was to turn over the course to someone else as the present owner businessman, failed. He said to the developer, "Take your lumps."  This property was always meant to be a golf course.

The Motion was to deny and the following votes were recorded:

S. Abrams...NO
P. Taylor...NO
H. Valeche...YES
P. Burdick...YES
M. Berger...NO
J. Santamaria...YES

Please note who voted for the rights of the people. The quasi judicial meeting will come back to the commission on February 28.  Shelley Vana will be the swing vote.

Importance of Tax Return Accuracy

When filling out your tax return, keep this in mind:


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Chart of the Day

The Dow just made another post-financial crisis rally high. To provide some further perspective to the current Dow rally, all major market rallies of the last 112 years are plotted on today's chart. Each dot represents a major stock market rally as measured by the Dow with the majority of rallies referred to by a label which states the year in which the rally began.

For today's chart, a rally is being defined as an advance that follows a 30% decline (i.e. a major bear market). As today's chart illustrates, the Dow has begun a major rally 13 times over the past 112 years which equates to an average of one rally every 8.6 years. It is also interesting to note that the duration and magnitude of each rally correlated fairly well with the linear regression line (gray upward sloping line).

As it stands right now, the current Dow rally that began in March 2009 (blue dot labeled you are here) would be classified as well below average in both duration and magnitude. However, when compared to the most recent post-major bear market rally (i.e. the rally that began in 2002), the current rally has already surpassed it in magnitude and required less time to do so.

Notes: Where's the Dow headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out right now with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day Plus.

Honesty, Integrity and Character

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There are watchdogs for Honesty, Integrity and Character, sad but true. And heavens knows, we need them especially in Palm Beach County. Commissioners meet over drinks at some local restaurant or go off to a League of Cities Conference together, never mentioning anything that might come before them in Lake Worth. Planning & Zoning board members are taken out to dinner, one on one, by owners wanting a residential building variance on new construction. The public is to believe that the owner's request that was coming before the Board was never talked about or discussed.

The lack of ethics got so out of control around here that we now have three agencies, not just one, protecting the people in Palm Beach County:  State Attorney, Dave Aronberg's office with approximately 300 employees; Inspector General, Sheryl Steckler's office with 40 employees budgeted but only 24 in effect, and the Palm Beach Commission on Ethics made up of five volunteers spending around $300,000.

With Honesty, Integrity and Character as its motto, Tuesday night Mark Bannon from the Commission on Ethics spoke at the ROLOH meeting.  What an interesting presentation.

In 2012, the commission processed 85 advisory opinions, 16 sworn complaints,and 33 inquiries based on anonymous or attributed unsworn "tips." The office hotline received 560 calls and visits to the COE website exceeded 394,000 for the year.

Between year 2000 to 2010, there were 781 public corruption charges in the State of Florida with some going to prison:  Palm Beach County with four Commissioners, West Palm Beach with two. To set your mind at ease, Lake Worth Commissioners and staff have taken the ethics training.

The Commission on Ethics want to make March 7, 2013 Ethics Awareness Day. Several public events and outreach programs will be presented during the month of March.

Screw Deed restrictions say owners of golf course

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What brings people to Florida?  No state income tax, warm weather year round, our great beaches, recreation and golf courses.

Now that the real estate market is turning for the better, developers and those holding onto land who have been sitting in the wings are now showing their ugly faces.  West Palm Beach's Century village does not have to feel alone about its deed restricted golf course and its owners desires to sell off to developers.

The 18-hole "Casselberry" course at the Casselberry Golf Club facility in Casselberry, Florida features 5,472 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 69 . The course rating is 65.6 and it has a slope rating of 111.  Designed by Paul McClure, the Casselberry golf course opened in 1946.

Some Trivia on Florida golf courses:
Number of golf courses - more than 1,250
-Florida has more golf courses than any other state
-Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country

"The owners of the Casselberry Golf Club have sued the city, claiming that a decades-old deed restriction preventing them from building on the property is unlawful." Well of course it is.  When it comes to making money, people will find or invent any loophole to their advantage.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rand Paul tells Hillary that Benghazi was Failed Leadership

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Lake Worth Manor denied Appeal

A judge has denied a new trial for the owners of a Lake Worth nursing home who late last year were ordered to pay nearly $2 million to the family of a former patient — marking one of the largest jury awards statewide for a wrongful death case involving a nursing home.

Read more... about Lake Worth Manor on 12th Avenue South whose name has been changed to Oasis.

Debbie Keeps "DOIN" IT

She even lies about lying.

“Today I proudly accepted the nomination to stay on as DNC chair -- to continue what we do best: out-work and out-organize our way to victory,” Wasserman Schultz tweeted.

Debbie just keeps "doin" it. I've read about some women sleeping to the top but LYING to the top? Obama must approve this message as Wasserman-Schultz was just re-elected for a two year term as Chair of the DNC.

Jeff Clemens Gets Punked

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State Senator Clemens is taking the typical Democratic argument--blame the other guy or the guy in the right, or in this case, the guy on the left.

He believes that those who are driving within the speed limit should be forced to have some common courtesy and move over to the right for fast drivers, even those breaking the law. 80 mph in a 65 mph zone--no problem. What about ticketing these bums who speed and put everyone's life in danger?

Not sure if this proposed law is better than his one on medical marijuana.

Lake Worth Neighborhood Association buys lawnmower

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The Residents of Lake Osborne Heights just bought a new lawnmower from Lowes, a store that worked with them on the price. Now they're all excited about getting out in their alleyways and keeping their community manicured and neat, helping their neighbors and the City.

Creepy Pro-abortion ad by a Creepy Guy

Can't get much creepier than that!

"And then there’s the fact that this is a man celebrating abortion – in essence – a man celebrating  his right to pressure a woman into having an abortion because presumably he’s too feeble or immature or irresponsible or just too much of a selfish jerk to be a father," says Nice Deb.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lois Frankel Speaks on Roe vs. Wade

Residents of Lake Osborne Heights meet tonight

January 22nd (Tuesday @ 7PM) at the Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church on the Corner of 6th Ave South and Sunset.

Their Guest Speaker is with the Commission on Ethics. We heard that the commission will send U.S Army veteran, Mark Bannon, Chief of Investigations, who spent nearly 25 years serving as a deputy sheriff, supervisor and Commander with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in patrol, investigative and community support assignments before retiring from policing in 2005.  This has yet to be confirmed. Everyone is invited to
attend the meeting.

President Robert Waples, says, "2013 brings a lot of new things for us and we are excited to continue down a path that will ensure that our neighborhood will be one of the best to live in for 2013 and beyond."

Quote of the Day -Allen West

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It’s inauguration day for the second term of President Barack Hussein Obama. The ironic thing is that when the celebration is over, and the hangovers subside, President Obama and his acolytes will have to look in the mirror and realize they have inherited their own self-created economic mess. These facts show what they have wrought since 2009:

There are 2.1 million more Americans NOT in the workforce.
A gallon of gas is up 79%
The Federal debt is up 55%
Food stamp recipients are up 46%
Americans in poverty are up 23%
Insurance premiums are up 17%

Share these facts with someone you know who voted for him!

America must no longer accept the rhetoric of blame and whining. Time to man up and offer solutions. “Taxing the rich,” gun control, and amnesty are campaign rally points, not governing principles. I for one shall be the eagle’s eye watching, commenting, and guarding the future for our next generation, ensuring they inherit a greater America, not a diminished liberal progressive nanny-state.

~ Allen West

Quote of the Day - Marco Rubio on his Immigrant vision

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Ok, enough of this inaugural thing. Let's get back to the issues. President Obama should be reaching out to Senator Rubio.

“Here’s how I envision it…. They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check. Anyone who committed a serious crime would be deported. They would be fingerprinted…. They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”

~ Marco Rubio son of American Immigrants from Cuba

Golfcourse property is part of Century Village

"in perpetuity"

Century Village® is a gated community that provides round the clock manned security.  Seniors feel safe there with its convenient buses that  provide transportation to local shopping centers and restaurants as well as medical facilities.  In addition, there is an on-site medical building and pharmacy conveniently located inside our beautiful community with affordable prices available for its one and two bedroom apartments.

Century Village was built back in the early 70's with seniors in mind. At that time they built an 18 hole golfcourse and people bought with the idea that it would remain. Never did they ever consider that the use could be changed. It was guaranteed...there was a resriction on the land that the site required its owner to use the land as a golfcourse, "in perpetuity."

Now the only people who don't know what that means are landowners, developers, investors and some politicians. The land has not been used in some time and the owners broke that restriction years ago when they allowed the course to go to weed due to finances they say. They now want to have it developed into a huge complex of homes, condos, shops and offices. This project was postponed in January by the PB County Commission but it is coming up once again this Thursday.
Century Village residents (fiesty seniors who all still believe in fair play) are angry and they should be.

Read more... at the PB post.

Right after the Sunrise

Obama's Record

As people are chanting "we've come a long way baby," let's not let facts get in the way.  Of course, their pride in Obama is all about the race card and that end justifies the means.

( During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day.

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329.

And on another note--

According to Gallup-- President Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents. Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages. Obama's first-term average is most similar to Bill Clinton's. Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower were the most popular first-term presidents.

He can't keep blaming it all on Bush or the 1%.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Michelle with her bangs - If Looks could Kill

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This video is priceless. Behind every good man there is a good woman. President Obama wants to bring the two sides together but Michelle wants no part of it.

Chickens in Rochester, New York?

And for some more Crap--

One thing for sure, Peter Willard is no chicken. Another thing for sure is, he knows how to deal with chickens and win.

Thanks to a generous but very scared commission,  Peter Willard is probably sitting around his breakfast nook reading the Rochester blog and counting all of that windfall he just got from the citizens of Lake Worth. He just might be able to enter into the discussion on chickens in his backyard. He knows a lot about fertilizer. It seems that someone from the thinks having chickens in your backyard are a good idea for food and fertilizer.


Inaugural Address

Transcript of Obama's Inaugural Address

No one can take it away from Obama--he is one heck of an orator. You can see why people are memorized by his very presence. His speech indicated the end of Reagonism replaced by that of big government if he has anything to do with it.

Beyonce tops today at Inaugural

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Beyonce was tops today and out-shined all other stars. She stuck to the melody (which is refreshing) and wowed the crowd.

Guns and Terrorists and Obama

Most of Weapons Used by Al-Qaeda in Algeria Hostage Situation Came from Libya Thanks to Secret Arms Deal approved by Obama


The National Budget

As we all get ready for the three day inauguration event starting this morning that will give homage to President Obama at an estimated cost of $170 million that includes big corporate donations, Congress has to act on the budget this week.
  • “The principle is simple: no budget, no pay,” said Speaker John Boehner. “Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending.”
  • The last time Senate Democrats passed a budget was April 29, 2009 – nearly four years ago – “a shameful run that needs to end,” says Speaker Boehner.
  • The Wall Street Journal said, while “the House works its will, the Senate does crossword puzzles.”
  • “We should cut Washington's budget, not your family’s budget,” says Rep. Lankford. House Republicans have already passed two budgets that cut spending and address our debt. Rep. Lankford says the House will pass another one to “pay our bills and keep the government running” – one that “walks our nation out of debt, deficit and decline.”
  • President Obama has missed the legal deadline for submitting a budget more than any previous president, and suggested this year’s budget will be late too. “Ordinary folks … meet deadlines,” says the president. He just can’t seem to meet his
  • President Obama’s jobs council hasn’t officially met in more than a year. The House, on the other hand, passed 40 jobs bills that were blocked by Senate Democrats
  • Fitch Ratings made it clear that our national debt is undermining our economy and spending needs to be cut. Driven by out-of-control spending, more than $5 trillion has been added to the national debt since Senate Democrats last passed a budget. 
Go to the Speaker of the house's web site to see the video.

Marine Corp General Mattis to step down

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I guess General Mattis won't be at today's inaugural event--

"Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks.

It now is likely that Gen. Mattis will leave his post in March, several months earlier than planned, as head of America’s most important combatant command. Read more... at the Washington Free Beacon.

What's happening here? As terrorism spreads like a cancer all over the Mid-East and Africa, it seems that Obama wants to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear program this year and General Mattis told him the facts. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and the Sudan have the largest number of terrorists as Obama winds down our presence in some of those countries where Americans gave their lives. This month, Obama announced a new military strategy that will cut the Pentagon budget by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lake Worth woman almost scammed.

Scammers love Lake Worth.  This one probably read about the $1.6 that Lake Worth had to give away to get one out of its hair.

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As the Sun disappeared

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Another 4 years

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Today's swearing-in ceremony is a matter of  Constitutional law which says presidents automatically begin their new terms January 20th at noon. Because inaugural ceremonies have never been held on Sundays, look for the pomp and circumstance tomorrow where 800,000 people are expected to descend on Washington, DC.

Barack Obama’s blueprint for the United States spells trouble for American autonomy, self-governance, and defense, all key elements of national sovereignty. His undisguised indifference to repeated diminutions of that sovereignty is entirely consistent with the views of his European admirers, who, at their level, would like to see their nation-states dissolve into the European Union. In the end, however, the United States is exceptional and will not melt into any larger or global union; it will simply become less able to protect itself and its constitutional decision-making system. That is clearly where our first post-American president’s policies will take us.

Read more... at Commentary Magazine.

Blast from the Not Too Distant Past - The Ficus - RIP

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The Infamous Ficus that was chopped to the ground. 
 In memory

The Vice Mayor wants to start a city-wide funding project (citizens to pay for the tree) to replace the 80 year old tree that was cut down to a pulp by staff that did not heed the words "do not cut down that tree."  Let's just get another large tree in that space as soon as possible.

Read the Palm Beach Post Editorial on our felled tree:  Tree cutting says all the wrong things about Lake Worth.

In today's Letter to the Editor :  Paraphrasing his letter, the writer said that the felled tree is not a big deal in the scheme of things...he wondered if we were going to wait until a branch fell on someone's head killing him before we took action on the tree.  Well, a branch can fall from any tree even a palm tree. You have a grounds crew to watch for that sort of thing especially in public parks and trees growing near sidewalks.

The bigger story here is not that the tree was cut down but that staff went around a direct order not to cut it down. Insubordination of staff and their constant belief that they run this city is the problem.  Susan Stanton tried to stop that mindset when she was city manager and she let them know who was the boss. Things were turning around in that regard.  Micro-managing staff is not good but letting them know who's boss is. It really begs the question, what will staff do next?

Downtown Lake Worth Cafes blocking sidewalks

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The cafe atmosphere created by people eating and drinking at outside tables along Lake and Lucerne avenues is part of the charm of the city’s downtown.

But the Florida Department of Transportation says some of the diners and drinkers are too close to the curb, jeopardizing the city’s lease of state right of way and forcing pedestrians to wind through a maze of tables and chairs in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fire in Lake Worth

Mattress fire on North F Street. This mattress was inside the house, not out.

Broken City

If you're a fan of  Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones (and who isn't??) and you like action films about cops, justice and crooked politicians, this one is for you.  Never a dull moment--you don't get bored. It only got a B- rating but I give it an A.

Obama's Gun Hypocrisy

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The Gun is the Great Equalizer

You can now make your own guns with a 3-D printer. Criminals, want to go around background checks and all the hassle?  Print your own gun.

Click here and view the video.

Danny Glover - a Lethal Weapon

Everyone knows that Hollywood is left of left but here's Danny Glover speaking at Texas A&M who has always advocated for left and socialistic causes with an off the wall remark. Actors have a great influence on our society and especially on the youth who go to the movies more than any other age group. It's a shame that he clearly is still hung up on slavery. Actor Danny Glover says it was slave-owners who were fearful of being attacked, or being targeted by Indian uprisings, who originated the idea of the Second Amendment. Indentured servants first arrived in America in the decade following the settlement of Jamestown in 1607.

For heavens sake--get over it Danny.

The Second Amendment was adopted with the other parts of the Bill of Rights in December 1791, 15 years after the fight for independence (Revolutionary War) began and 75 years earlier than the Civil War. We have come a long way but Danny Glover still lives in a time warp and playing the blame game.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Shanon Materio Election heating up

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Materio warns supporters to ignore 'push poll' she blames on opponent
Palm Beach Post
by Andrew Abramson

Commissioner Shanon Materio took to Facebook tonight to warn her supporters to ignore a poll that is asking West Palm Beach voters their ...

Mayor's husband endorses Weiss; both commission candidates receive ...
Palm Beach Post
... and endorsed District 5 commission candidate Gregg Weiss, but the mayor's husband is officially supporting Weiss against Commissioner Shanon Materio.

Lantana will get Dog Park

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Lake Worth is the most dog friendly city around. However, Lantana has now beat us to the punch and will build its first dog park.


State workers will have to contribute to their retirement funds

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All those who choose the profession of teaching know that the pay is not great going in. But what they do get are--a job with summers off, lots of holidays, a pension for life, paid medical and when raises are given, a raise that is not based on any type of performance standards. And unlike private industry, they rarely get fired unless it is for something really egregious.

Governor Rick Scott had a victory yesterday when the majority of Florida Supreme Court justices ruled that teachers must contribute 3% of their pay to their retirement fund--just like those working in the "real" world have to pay. This ruling was not based on fairness but as it turns out it is fairness. What is fair about every citizen picking up the total tab for a teacher's retirement when they don't get that option themselves at their place of employment?

There are 169,719 teachers in the State teaching 2.6 million students. Florida ranks near the middle of the country as far as salary.  33.5% o Florida's Education Budget is spent on salaries.

Florida's retirement system has now shifted from a noncontributory to a contributory pension plan for the 623,000 workers in the system, including teachers, firefighters, police and other state and local government employees. The annual savings to the state is estimated at $861 million a year. This is a great decision for the health and growth of Florida .

Average teacher pay in Palm Beach County.

More affordable housing in Lake Worth - La Joya Villages

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It's fun to spend other people's money and the CRA after years of wasteful spending on the Pugh property (Pugh is the guy who did the renovation of our pool for Greater Bay) located at 6th Avenue South and F Street, finally is seeing its development dream begin. It has committed to spend a ton of money to build affordable rental housing on the parcel. Imagine that?  More affordable housing.  Spending more federal money to attract more poor people to a city that can't rise above the ashes. This project is being built on the railroad tracks--lucky devils--with what appears to be not much in set-backs from the street. More bang from the buck that way.  Renters will be leasing for $712 a month up to $1,000 a month for 3 bedrooms.

Ever since the CRA got the NSP2 $23 million grant, it has been burning holes in their pocket. The CRA will contribute $1.8 million from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant toward the $10.6 million projected cost of the project. Other financing is expected to come from low-income housing tax credits and from tax-exempt bond money provided by the county’s Housing Finance Authority. The $1.8 million will pay for the impact and permit fees to the City and the County. The remainder of the $1.8 will be used for infrastructure costs, recording and closing costs, engineering and architectural fees, the bond application, utility relocation and other fees that all constitute the NSP-2 eligible expenses.

The CRA was very excited as this development site put them well over their stated 100 unit goal in the NSP2 plan. When it spent $5.8  million redeveloping this county road years ago, it was to attract development. The only way their dream is coming true for development is because the CRA bought this property with federal grant money and will be using grant money for its development. This will be the very first development project on 6th Avenue South, a costly pipe-dream.

So, Pugh gets $643,500 for the land from the CRA; the CRA sells it to La Joya Villages for $1; the CRA paid for the demolition even before it owned the property; the CRA paid for the option for quite some time at $14,000 a month in order to control the outcome; if there is a  Realtor involved, he gets his money; the CRA gets to spend government money; the developer lines his pockets; poor people can rent and live on the railroad tracks and traffic will be a nightmare at that intersection. And the CRA gets any tax money from the project, not the city.

As Bill Coakley said back in 2008 who was carefully tracking all the shenanigans regarding the CRA's continued waste of taxpayer money and particularly the Pugh property, "It is time to step back and think about the role of government and the fundamental obligations of volunteer boards to serve the public interest." The commission had a chance to take back the CRA several years ago and lost on a 3 to 2 vote.

It is apparent why this country is in so much trouble. Any sort of building looks better than what was there especially with "free" money. And the slum and blight goes on.

Patrick Murphy steals Allen West's line - Blames Spending

He may be young with little life's experience but Patrick Murphy did learn something from Allen West--He says that he blames spending as one of the biggest problems adding to the country’s deficit and preventing Congress from balancing the budget. As a new member of the House, he plans to concentrate on “reducing spending, increasing revenue and getting our economy back on track.”

Daddy won't like that 'increasing revenue' thing especially if it's all on the heads of the wealthy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reza and Eley in Cold Blood

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Whatever you do in Lake Worth, don't go around wielding a knife. Don't get into a domestic disturbance. You might get shot to death. That's what happened to 24 year old mother, Angella Falconi, last week in Lake Worth and that's what happened to 23 year old Jesus Barreto in Lake Worth in 2011--shot to death by the same cop.

As Obama just unveiled a sweeping plan to curb gun violence in America, trends of police violence are not quantified and go un-analyzed as to the circumstances of deadly force that have caused a death. Could a taser have been used instead?  Could a police negotiator have been called in?  What were the circumstances of their action or possibly, over-reaction? What lead Ms. Falconi to hold a knife at her husband's throat?  Did these cops come barging in and scare her even more? Was there no other aleternative other than to shoot her in cold blood?

"The American Civil Liberties Union said police aren't required to publicly report officer-involved shooting information to anyone, but recently a judge ordered the New York Police Department to release that information to the New York Civil Liberties Union"  Read more.

There is The Blue Code of Silence which is an unwritten rule among police officers in the United States not to report on another colleague's errors, misconducts, or crimes. If questioned about an incident of misconduct involving another officer (e.g. during the course of an official inquiry), while following the code, the officer being questioned would claim ignorance of another officer's wrongdoing.

All of us should question a violent death and the circumstances surrounding it. It is normal for us to believe that the police don't make mistakes and always do the right thing. Mistakes happen in all professions. Just look at the number of deaths under anesthesia. All people can make mistakes. We can make sure that police are held accountable for their actions by speaking up and demanding a full accounting. The fact that most police officers enjoy broad discretion and minimal supervision has been cited as increasing opportunities for police misconduct.

As one of these two former City of Lake Worth police officers, now working for PBSO, shot two people to death in a course of a little more than one year, a thorough investigation is necessary in spite of Ric Bradshaw's credited account of their actions in the Falconi violent death.