Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Odd Couple now at the Lake Worth Playhouse

Another fabulous production...don't miss it!

"What If?"


Killed by Illegal aliens


Read about this and other atrocities perpetrated by illegals.
Why won't this government enforce our laws?

Park of Commerce - Lake Worth Commission's Pie in the Sky

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It's all about grabbing the cash anyway. Without saying a word, this commission, tells everyone--"It's my way or the highway." In this case it is a County Road. I can't even imagine anyone so arrogant to plow ahead after half the voters said "no." 

Lake Worth is signing an Interlocal agreement with Palm Beach County that will transfer county ownership of Boutwell Road over to the city so that we can develop and maintain it. This will be on the agenda this Tuesday night. To make matters even more insulting, they have placed it on Consent Agenda. They don't have to tell us one financial detail. Of course, we really don't have any money for the Park of Commerce but the city commission has miraculously found multi-millions somewhere probably in the capital improvement budget to devote to this project--a project that will NEVER pay for itself even if it does attract developers who build. It will take 50-100 years to recapture the cost in advalorem taxes. So who is really the beneficiary?

At least five years ago, the city applied for a Grant and was awarded one in August 2009 from the U.S. Department of Commerce in order to develop a Needs Analysis at the Park of Commerce. They "needed" to cement their case as this was their Field of Dreams. This was a matching grant, so $500,000 was spent on this "need." At the time, they told us that the vision of the City of Lake Worth is to "develop the Park of Commerce (POC) into the best area for business in southeast Florida. The City’s desire is for the POC to become a vital center for light industry and a major employment center."

Because of this commission's insistence to own the road and cater to development, its ownership must be transferred and the street  maintained by Lake Worth along with stormwater drainage. It will cost the City of Lake Worth taxpayers. Scott Maxwell, along with Triolo, Amoroso and Szerdi, believe that developing the Park of Commerce is our salvation. Businesses will re-locate here and all sorts of ad-valorem will enter our city coffers. This is a pipe dream and a lie perpetrated on the people.

The commission complains about our existing crumbling infrastructure.  They complain about pot holes.  They complain that the voters said "no" to grabbing the cash and putting every property owner in debt for 34 years. But then, they want to actually create a new paved road at 7th Avenue South when they can't fix the roads they already have and plan on spending millions of your money at the Park of Commerce. They complain that they have no money. They can't and never have taken care of what we already own--not once--anywhere in this 6 mile radius.

But the best commission bonus of all--the "visionaries" are getting their way by spending $6 million at the Park of Commerce...they originally wanted to spend 3 times that. We knew not to trust them with the cash and half the voters (plus 25) told them that.

Good news for property owners in South Florida

Concerned about the tax base, the Lake Worth commission should be happy to know that we are in the top market in the country for property price gains.

Top markets for price gains over last year
South Florida, 10.3 percent
Las Vegas, 9.1 percent
San Francisco, 7.9 percent
Dallas, 7.4 percent
Denver, 6.2 percent
Source: Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunset 11-29-14

Lake Worth High School - Blast from the Past


 Lake Worth High School Band
 at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1969
Photo from Patricia Murphy

Lake Worth Beach

Pelosi - Boehner


Florida Governor election Stats

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Florida Governor's election where only 50.51% of the registered voters turned out to vote, have Democrats complaining.  Now the Democrats want to change the statewide races back to presidential years as they used to be in Florida fifty years ago. They think they can get more of their people to the polls.

2,865,343 votes for Rick Scott.
2,801,198 votes for Democrat Charlie Crist

And since the Democratic party is always citing the Koch Brothers for their whopping contributions to the Republican Party, I thought I would add this one in for a little trivia:
George Soros, the wealthy left-leaning investor, gave the Florida Democratic Party $1 million in the final days of the election.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article3546476.html#storylink=cpy


Republican Party of Florida
Amount raised: $68.7M
Number of checks: 91,220
Rick Scott’s political committee
Amount raised: $45.8M
Amount raised by his campaign: $16.7M
Number of checks: 12,888

 
Florida Democratic Party
Amount raised: $27.8M
Number of checks: 128,573
Charlie Crist’s political committee
Amount raised: $30M
Amount raised by his campaign: $14.7M
Number of checks: 90,939

Source: Florida Division of Elections, Herald/Times research

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article3546476.html#storylink=cpy

Quotes of the Day - Ros-Lehtinen, Rubio and Murphy


“The Obama administration should realize that the Iranians are not serious about these talks and should abandon the negotiations and with the Republicans in control of both the House and Senate come January, it’s time that we roll up our sleeves and get to work to pass new sanctions on the Iranian regime.”
~ U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

“Endless negotiations and additional concessions will not achieve the desired outcome of an Iran without nuclear weapons that is no longer a threat to its own people and its neighbors. I will continue working in the Senate to significantly increase the pressure on Iran on all fronts -- nuclear, terrorism and human rights -- before it’s too late.”
~ U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

“There has been plenty of time to reach an agreement so this new extension raises significant concerns that Iran is using these talks only as a stalling tactic to receive economic relief. That is why it is troubling that this extension includes additional sanctions relief. While an extension is preferable to a bad deal – it is time that Congress step in to make Iran feel enough pressure to end its nuclear weapons ambitions. Any final deal must include Iran verifiably dismantling their nuclear weapon capability and coming clean on past military dimensions to their program. Lastly, the administration needs to come to Congress before removing any sanctions or significantly altering the sanctions architecture as established by Congress.”
~ U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

All discussing the recent extension given to Iran by the Obama administration for Iran to end its nuclear program. During these negotiations, the U.S. has given Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief. They are jerking us around and Obama has allowed it. He's just not tough enough and Iran knows it. Ros-Lehtinen is calling for new sanctions when the Republicans take control of Congress and the Senate in January.

Obama, Holder and Sharpton ignited the fire in Ferguson

This is what they did:

The Islamic State looks at the rioting of black youths in the streets of American cities and sees red-meat – an untapped treasure trove of new recruits.

Within hours of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, members of the Islamic State, also called IS, ISIS or ISIL, started Tweeting messages directed at angry protesters. Some promised to send in soldiers to help, for a price:

Read more... at WND.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tonight's Sky

Bullies, they're everywhere

We all have encountered bullies.  Hell, we have seen it right at city commission meetings. We see it when commissioners tell you to F-off by simply ignoring your call or e-mail or forwarding a confidential mail onto to someone else. We see it in condos every day where people want to change the rules and regulations to suit themselves. It should NEVER be allowed in schools and adults never should condone it. And what is really disgusting is when you see a bigger, more powerful person, in this case a student, bullying someone less than twice his size. More of these will come out of the woodwork now that Ferguson was allowed to burn.

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How the next War will be Won - The Mighty Dragon

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(Reuters)
- "China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies," said Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency. China can damage our power grids and other critical systems and bring us to our knees.

For all the pacifists who don't want the U.S. to have any more boots on the ground, this is how the war will be won or they could use this mighty dragon. Now that the Congress and Senate have been changed and conservatives are in power, we might have a prayer to reverse this revolting and unthinkable situation. Of course, the possibility of terrorists just walking across our borders is great.

Young Jihadist preaches martyrdom

“Make haste and purchase your place in paradise, my dear brother. Go to the battlefields of jihad and kill the enemies. Kill [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the enemies of Allah and of our religion. Destroy them, and if you die, you will become a martyr.”

Read more... at WND.

Yesterday at Atlantis Country Club

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All three dining areas were packed.
There was soup, salad, rolls, coffee and fabulous desserts.
We all left stuffed!
and we didn't choke on any turkey bone!

The Myth of Ferguson's Michael Brown exposed

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Thug or "gentle giant?"  You already know the answer. Where was the National Guard? And What about Obama? Personal Liberty says, Obama is back to defrauding the nation with untenable healthcare boondoggles and issuing illegal executive orders.

Ferguson will soon be a horrible memory other than for those poor black shop owners who now have to rebuild their lives and businesses in a city burned down by black punks who had no respect for anyone, especially themselves.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunset 11-27-14

Farmer Girl


Read about the Farmer Girl and owner Peter Roubekas carrying on the Thanksgiving tradition of providing a free Thanksgiving dinner. It used to be for the "needy" but now many others go and give him a donation for the fabulous feast.

I go to Farmer Girl several times a month. Pete makes the best soups in this world. It is a great place for food and a homelike atmosphere.

Jacksonville looking at Pension reform

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And we think we have troubles-

Jacksonville may vote on major Pension Reform on their police and fire pensions.  Read about it... and the major reason hundreds of cities across the country can't meet budgets or have money left over for operations or why they try and grab $63.5 million from taxpayers for infrastructure. All the while, Lake Worth commissioners continue to travel or have the "free" lunch giving us the song and dance that networking and seminars are all for the improvement of our city.

What happened to all that "free' stuff they can read on the Internet?

John Stossel gives thanks for Property Rights

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This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights.

People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common.

Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, "Much was stolen both by night and day." The same plan in Jamestown contributed to starvation, cannibalism and death of half the population.

Read John Stossel.

Lessons from the Ferguson Verdict from a Middle-Class White guy

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If you never read another thing on Ferguson, please Read this--it is  brilliant.

An excerpt--The Ferguson, Missouri, rioters put on one heck of a show for all the world to see on Monday night, didn’t they? That was not your traditional American Thanksgiving display. But what do I know? I’m just a middle-class white guy. I was raised to respect property, respect police, never say “F– the police,” never desecrate the American flag, never burn down stores in my own neighborhood, love my country, believe in the American dream, study hard, get straight A’s, work hard and good things will happen. And funny enough, my life has worked out pretty well.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day

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Pointing at a divine Keylime cheesecake from my good friend, BarbaraJean.

Would the Pilgrims ever have imagined what our world would be like today?  Religious freedom was so important to them and they still gave thanks to God at that first Thanksgiving day in 1621 in spite of all the death and hardships they endured. We enjoy so many blessings and take many for granted.  We live in a great country, one in which gives us every opportunity imaginable to succeed and live a happy life in spite of our race, creed or gender. Lately, some people have forgotten that and have lost their way.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sunset and Sunrise

It looks like Laurel Decker is getting great sunrises and sunsets on her vacation whereas our sunsets have been rather blah of late--just a big blast of sun in the sky with no definition or no sun at all due to rain and heavy clouds.

Here's my favorite sunrise pic (the sun rises at 5am!) so far, another one from Koh Jum, Thailand. We were motorbiking back to our end of the island when we saw this and everyone stopped at the same time to enjoy it, said Laurel.

This pic is of the sunset over Bali, looking from Laurel's hotel in Banyuwangi, Java.

FBI raids PBSO offices

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FBI agents descended on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach yesterday to seize Internal Affairs files about deputy-involved shootings, Gossip Extra is told by two sources familiar with the inner workings of the sheriff’s agency. One insider tells Gossip Extra exclusively that the G Men were particularly interested in the May shooting of a robbery suspect by Lake Worth-based Deputy Russell Brinson.

If you recall, this was the incident that involved a Lake Worth Guatemalan. Recently there was a demonstration against PBSO in front of the Mayan Center in Lake Worth. Attorney Jack Scarola contacted Eric Holder to investigate the alleged abuse.
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ISIS executes two Gays

Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Syria and the government does not allow a LGBT rights movement to exist.

Two Syrian men were stoned to death by ISIS for being gay the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP. The first man, 20, was killed in Mayadeen, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, AFP reported. A second man, 18, was stoned to death in Deir Al-Zor.  These barbarians are killing everyone in their "struggle" and consider this a crime and a sin under Islamic law.

Read about gays being stoned to death by ISIS

Elizabeth Warren making the run


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the gal who has no idea why someone would consider her a Socialist, wants to take the power away from the wealthy and redistribute wealth in this country, traveled to Israel over the weekend. Newsmax says that "it is the trip that some say is a career move for the Massachusetts Democrat who could potentially run for president in 2016. Progressives are pushing Warren over Clinton.

Warren met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, according to reports. She will also meet with members of the Jordanian government, the Palestinian Authority, and other groups, as well as troops from Massachusetts currently stationed in the Middle East."

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E-Cigarettes

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What is the fate of e-cigarettes? Not too much is known about the harm they may or may not cause. It just stands to reason that inhaling anything into your lungs could be harmful. What we do know is that it’s a booming, billion-dollar industry and it has been said that e-cigarettes will outsell tobacco within the next ten years.  Teens are getting hooked and think it cool and those using e-cigarette products have doubled between 2011 and 2012. 

Dylan Harrison owns a store that sells these in downtown Lake Worth and generally they consist of a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings. Many of these products come from China. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its proposed “deeming rule,” which would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. If the rule is adopted as proposed, the deeming rule would extend FDA’s regulatory authority over a variety of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah tobacco.

The Gainesville City Commission officially approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is already forbidden. The City already had a ban on outdoor smoking at city facilities and Regional Transit System bus stops and bus shelters and the ban is now extended to those spots as well. They joined Alachua County and 67 other local municipalities in enacting such restrictions. Read more...

Florida HB 169 prohibits the sale to anyone under the age of 18 and requires certain signage at retail locations. This bill was "laid on the table" but a similar bill passed in the Florida Senate, SB 0224, and was signed by Governor Scott on June 13, 2014 and became law on July 1, 2014.

American Oil will set us free

We have seen the price of gasoline going down at our local gas stations. It got me curious about our own situation in the world and how it all might be if we were energy independent. Years ago I traveled across Oklahoma and it was amazing with all the oil rigs. I had never seen anything like it having never been in that area of our country. Right now, Oklahoma is on track to surpass California and Alaska to become the nation’s third-largest oil producer. The government doesn't talk about energy independence but it will get concerned about global warming, fracking, the Keystone Pipeline ruining our environment with groups filing lawsuits to hold it up. It's all about politics.


As of today, we could tell Saudi Arabia to take its oil and its radical Wasabi religion and shove it! For a spell, we might need some other imports — but not for long. That is because for the first time since the Nixon administration we are no longer dependent upon foreign oil. New recovery technologies such as horizontal drilling, 3-D mapping and fracking have made the United States once again the world’s oil kingpins. If we can break the grip of the Greens and explore Alaska’s rich petroleum reservoirs, the United States has the opportunity to become a major oil exporter.

Read John Myers' article at Personal Liberty

There has been a resurgence in oil and gas production. The sector has become more efficient. The IEA reported that North America would become a net exporter of oil around 2030 and take over Saudi Arabia by 2020 as the number one oil producer. Now that we have a Republican controlled Congress and Senate, we might be on our way to wealth and prosperity and energy independence plus creating thousands of jobs that Obama is always talking about. We will be able to replace our crumbling infrastructure and bridges with new found wealth.

Read about Alaska... and its oil wealth.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tonight at Lake Osborne

Kratom Craze

View Katie LaGrone's investigative report on Kratom on Channel 5 News. She and her team visited Kavasutra in our downtown: At Kava Sutra in Lake Worth, a month ago we purchased a zip-locked bag labeled ‘KBS 15 year old leaf Kapow!’ The day we visited with our test results, not only were the Contact 5 Investigators welcomed inside, but while our camera rolled so did theirs. When we told an employee who would only identify himself as “Knife” about the “no findings” results, he responded, “really?  Well, that’s an interesting response to our kratom.” The employee ultimately questioned our test and results.

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Crash downtown today

Donna Brazile says Michael Brown was murdered


African American, Donna Brazile, is an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Source: Wikipedia. This is another irresponsible Democrat.

In 2008, Brazile said "My momma taught me to play by the rules and respect those rules. My mother taught me, and I'm sure your mother taught you, that when you decide to change the rules, middle of the game, end of the game, that is referred to as cheating."

 The entire Ferguson incident went to the Grand Jury that consisted of 9 whites and 3 blacks. They decided that there was NO PROBABLE CAUSE TO INDICT. So, Ms. Brazile, accept and respect the law and play by the rules and stop inciting and promoting racism.

Wes Blackman just got hit with a Monkey Wrench

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On March 17, 2014, the Florida Elections Commission received a sworn complaint against Citizens Come First PAC (principals were Laurence McNamara, President and Lynn Anderson, Treasurer). After extensive time and investigation of the matter, it was heard by the Commission on October 29, 2014.

During the course of the investigation, the Investigative Team found that the complainant, Charles Wesley Blackman, had one prior case against him that resulted in an automatic fine of $1,500 on November 15, 2011. At one time, Mr. McNamara had one other complaint from a College Park resident, that involved two, fifty dollar donations to a campaign as both being given by him when in fact one was his wife's. He was not fined. This complainant was caught stealing and removing Mark Drautz signs.

In this city, you must cross your t's and dot your I's as there are always people with nothing better to do that will scrutinize everything in order to have a "gotcha" and try and make your life miserable by the most trivial and frivolous of charges. They thrive on it and it keeps their hate alive, a reason for them to live.

The Florida Elections Commission just issued its final order in a letter dated November 21, 2014:

No Probable Cause

and has dismissed Blackman's charge and his accusation towards me and Laurence of falsely reporting or deliberately failing to report information required by Chapter 106.

The Punks ruled Ferguson last night

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Do you ever feel like the bad guys are winning? Although there were 29 reported arrests last night, not nearly enough for the amount of crime in Ferguson. If you weren't black, you were in trouble being anywhere close to the "protests."

The punks were out in full force--looting, breaking windows with baseball bats, throwing rocks and injuring people, guns fired and one man reported hit, using the F word and going so far as to give a peace sign and then setting a police car on fire--25 stores were burned down. This was all pre-planned by criminals, bullies, thugs and punks after the Grand Jury's verdict of no probable cause to indict officer Darren Wilson.

The President gave a speech after the verdict, the very one responsible for much of the insurrection. It was he who sent Eric Holder out there to begin with that fueled the flame. Holder had demanded a sweeping civil rights investigation.  Other elected officials, Obama supporters, openly declared Officer Wilson guilty. Obama urged peaceful protests but there is no justification for this reaction by the mobs--it is not understandable and all this does is evoke more violence.

These criminals, using the excuse of racial prejudice, were "ready for war" and even though Ferguson was prepared, the destruction and violence could not be stopped. Reprehensible miscreants always cry racial prejudice after they commit a crime when a police officer is doing his job. It happened in Ferguson,  Read more... and see the photos.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Moon 11-24-14

7% of Full

Marine Dad fights back


Juno Beach's Resolution on a national league baseball field in PB County

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Just last week, we wrote about Lake Worth's push to still have the County consider John Prince Park as a national league ball field. City Attorney, Glen Torcivia sent out a memo to several cities soliciting their help by voting on resolutions in order to make John Prince Park the site. The Town Clerk of Juno put it on their commission agenda.

Below is their actual Resolution. As previously stated, Juno did not advocate for John Prince Park but just for having a national league ball park in Palm Beach County.


Secretary of Defense, out

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Chuck Hagel, a former Senator, was the first enlisted combat military veteran to become secretary of defense. He served in the Vietnam War and received two Purple Hearts along with Army Commendation Medal; Vietnamese Gallantry Cross; and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a Republican reporting to a Democratic president.  His days were numbered.

He had sent a letter to the Whitehouse that said the president needed to articulate a clearer view of the administration's approach to dealing with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The letter is said to have angered White House officials. That, among other views, Chuck Hagel was forced to resign. Click here...

PB County Commission takes a controversial stand on gay marriage

Mariama Changamire Shaw

Over a short time, we have witnessed the erosion of conservative values. One issue is that of Gay marriage. 35 states have legalized it. Children in the school systems are being taught by liberals and if you are opposed to gay marriage then you are homophobic or some other name is hurled at you. We have read about those fighting the Pledge to our Flag and the words "under God."  There is a breaking away from the church with negative propaganda from liberals and kids at Ivy League schools and other colleges who believe they are smarter than God who condemn Israel instead of ISIS. What is the world coming to?

We have seven Palm Beach County Commissioners, two of whom are Republicans, Hal Valeche and Steven Abrams. When you think about that, it is an amazing feat to be elected in a county that is so one-sided with registered Democrats. It is also amazing to me that the Palm Beach County Commission continues to vote with developers against the wishes of its constituents. Republicans have always been blamed for ruining the environment and paving over Florida at the expense of business, big or small.  Perhaps the stereotypes just don't fit here.

Last week, the County took a stand on gay marriage by signing on to a legal brief asking the State of Florida to lift its ban on gay marriage although they opted to only support one case in Tampa where a lesbian couple want a divorce. The case was decided by a state judge in Tampa who dismissed a divorce petition on grounds that she did not have the authority. The couple was married in Massachusetts in 2010. They moved to Florida, but then separated in 2013. The couple filed for divorce in Florida in January 2014.

The problem? Massachusetts recognizes same-sex marriages. Florida does not. As gay marriage is not legal in this State, our Palm Beach County Commission decided to recognize one gay marriage that originated out of state by saying that it was ok for our court to grant this couple a divorce on a marriage not even recognized as legal in our State. The legal brief initiated by Miami, passed on a 6/1 vote with Hal Valeche dissenting.  It was his opinion that the topic should work its way through the courts. However, the other six commissioners, by voting the way they did, indirectly voted to legalize gay marriage.

Shelley Vana's reasoning?  By us taking the lead on social issues, we have righted the wrongs of the past.  "Let's go for it," she said.  She has ignored the vote of 2008 on Amendment 2 where the people of Florida voted down gay marriage by 62.92%. Don't we elect these people to carry out the law and the will of the people and not do whatever they consider "politically correct?"

Saturday Night Live - Obama

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Quote of the Day - ISIS

“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.

~ Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS

as told to VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunset 11-23-14

Getting ready for X'mas - Wellington Mall

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Flower at Lake Worth Beach

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

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

~ Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


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

~ Ted Deutch

Sunday's Sermon - The Clear and Present Danger

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

At Lake Osborne

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

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

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

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

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

Obama's Imperial Immigration Edict

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Should anyone be interested in Obama's lawlessness--


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

THE WHITE HOUSE

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


REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IMMIGRATION

Cross Hall

8:01 P.M. EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonight, I am announcing those actions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jordan makes short-lived arrest

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

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

No wrong-doing in Benghazi says Intelligence Committee

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

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

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Winnie the Pooh got pooed

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

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

This is not a Polish joke!

Read about Pooh

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ibis preening after the rain

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Jay Carney on Obama flip-flops

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Lake Worth Playhouse needs your help!


The Lake Worth Holiday Parade is quickly approaching! 

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

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

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

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

Obama. "We the People"

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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