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We all see posts that often have well recognized news source captions as prompters of the information. MANY are politically driven. We complain about irresponsible journalism and the frenzy created by various sources. WE are contributing and/or creating these same offenses when we post/repost propaganda. Please consider verifying information before posting it on social media. Below are several sources you can go to when researching whether something is fact of fiction. You can check out information with several of these search engines to ensure you are satisfying your curiosity. You will also find when you attempt to refute information posted on social media that your response will be deemed “Abusive” and will not post. The reason for this is the propaganda sources flag key words so it cannot be debunked. If this occurs, it should be your first clue that something is VERY fishy!! I hope this helps you all.
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BreakTheChain.org (great for email
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: When ‘No-growthers’ Disguise Themselves as Environmentalists
There are many long-standing myths in Martin County that create divisiveness in our community. One of our goals is to educate the public and create a more informed citizenry by exposing these myths and providing the facts to our friends and neighbors.
In this issue, we discuss Myth #4: All no-growthers are environmentalists
Here’s another Martin County myth that needs debunking. It’s the notion that people who want to stop all growth in our community are ALSO the best stewards of our natural resources. You’ll be surprised to learn that’s not true.
One disturbing example of this myth is the case of the Jensen Beach Mooring Field. Six years ago we almost had a mooring field in a location that would have helped to protect the fragile seagrass along the shoreline south of the Jensen Beach Causeway.
According to Martin County’s own website: “Mooring fields offer permanent structures for boaters to secure their vessels and provide an organized and secure way to protect boats as well as shore side infrastructure. Additionally, our rivers and waterways, rich in aquatic habitats such as sea grass communities, nourish and provide safe harbor to a variety of aquatic life. Mooring fields and the use of mooring buoys have become an accepted tool in reducing the negative impacts of anchoring on seagrass beds and coral reefs.”
Sounds like a good thing, right? Not according to some self-proclaimed environmentalists who helped kill the project back in 2012.
Fast forward to this April, when a storm’s aftermath caused boats to be blown onto the rocks along the Jensen Beach Causeway. One of the boats, a live-aboard, had been semi-permanently anchored a few hundred yards offshore in navigable waters. During a TV interview, the skipper said he had two anchors that held the vessel in place. Shockingly, one had been a plow anchor and it was still no match for the wind and rough surf that beat up the lagoon that day.
That boat, along with another one, dragged their anchors all the way to shore, through what little seagrass remains there. The boats are gone now. The debris cleaned up. What you can’t see from the surface is the damage those boats left behind, hidden under the murky water.
The scarred bottom remains.
How do we protect our lagoon and its remaining seagrass from yet another anchor-dragging boat? It’s the same question asked by the National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and countless other marine sanctuaries. The answer is simple: Build a mooring field.
Nearly every marine sanctuary around the world, more than 100 of them, have done just that. Martin County almost did too. We even collected sufficient grant money in 2012 to build it. Then the 2012 commission, led by Chair Sarah Heard, killed the mooring field project and returned nearly $1 million to the funders in 2013, because, she claimed, the aquatic preserve was an “inappropriate location” for a mooring field. What?
Scientists around the world build mooring fields to protect their natural resources. Clearly, it’s exactly where we would WANT to locate a mooring field. So let’s take a closer look at the Jensen Beach Mooring Field project.
FACT: The Jensen Beach Mooring Field plan allowed 51 buoys, carefully placed by divers to avoid impacts to seagrass. Boats tethered to buoys swing freely, which eliminate boat shadows over the same spot for long periods that can seriously impede seagrass growth. The 18-slip dinghy dock also would be built with light-transmitting materials to foster seagrass growth. Plans also included upland facilities for showers, laundry and a dockmaster’s office supported by mooring field fees.
FACT: In addition to eliminating the damage caused by anchors, the county would have more control through the creation of a mooring field. A mooring field grants more oversight to local government that is usually prohibited by federal laws protecting the freedom of vessels on navigable waters. A dockmaster and daily mooring fees create a barrier to long-term “parking” for live-aboards that sometimes are neglected, unsightly or abandoned. A mooring field also ensures that human waste on moored vessels is pumped out, instead of dumped out. This too seems like an environmental benefit for our aquatic preserve, right?
FACT: Martin County had begun work to obtain the appropriate permits for the mooring field, beginning back in 2009. Permits from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers were given in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Three federal agencies, the US EPA, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, offered no objections. The Board of County Commissioners contributed the “soft” costs of considerable staff time to prepare and submit the permits and prepare the design for the project, totaling about $340,000.
FACT: In addition to having all required permits in hand, the county had secured grant funds totaling more than $1 million from Florida Inland Navigation District, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. The money was in the bank and construction was scheduled to begin in February 2013.
Instead, less than a month before construction was to begin, the county commission (led by so-called environmental stewards) ordered all the grant money be returned to the funders.
And here we are today. Fortunately for the health of the Indian River Lagoon, the Jensen Beach Mooring Field has been resurrected from an undeserved death. It is back in the county’s Capital Improvement Plan. Sadly, the funding is not.
Keep this story in mind the next time the self-proclaimed environmental commissioners vote against projects that can clearly help to improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Look more closely at the motives behind what they choose to fund – and what environmental projects they try to kill. And ask yourself, why?
Why would they vote against projects that could have made a positive impact on our estuary and our quality of life? Their motives are more often about political vendettas and preventing growth at any cost – even at a cost to our natural environment.
Response to Hurchalla Column in The Stuart News
Important to learn the other side of the story
Yesterday, August 29, The Stuart News printed yet another column by former county commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, this time lauding the use of septic tanks. Currents publisher, Barbara Clowdus, responds to Hurchalla’s column line by line in bold type as follows:
Hurchalla — Don’t believe myth about septic tanks and algae
Time to admit that septic tank effluent feeds toxic algae
Hurchalla — Septic systems have become the weapon of choice in the sugar industry’s war against Martin County residents who want to save our river. We want to clean Lake Okeechobee water and send it south. They want us to shut up.
Thousands of Martin County residents with no affiliation to the sugar industry recognize that septic tanks in our coastal environments contribute significantly to the pollution of our waterways and to our groundwater. That viewpoint is shared also by recognized experts on water pollution, including Dr. Edith Widder, founder of ORCA, and Dr. Brian LaPointe of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, who has conducted commissioned studies of Martin County waterways.
Hurchalla — When we get angry about toxic algae in the river, they say it’s all caused by our septic systems.
No, they make no such claim. The pollution in the St. Lucie River has multiple sources. The algae (and other pollutants) in Lake Okeechobee comes primarily from the north, which has been verified repeatedly by multiple sources. That algae in Lake Okeechobee was discharged into the C-44 at low levels, then exploded after entering the St. Lucie River and grew increasingly toxic as the water flowed east to the inlet. All of the statistics collected, regardless of by whom, verify that fact. It’s clear that our septic tank effluent fed that algae.
Hurchalla — Never mind that since 1982 Martin County has had the strictest limits for new septic systems of any county in the state and has fewer septic systems than any county on the Indian River Lagoon; or that the huge algae blooms started in Lake Okeechobee and flowed to the coast.
Martin County always followed the state standards for septic tanks, regulated by the state Department of Health, until Maggy rewrote our Comp Plan rules in 2014. The county’s Utilities Department had already begun to systematically remove the county’s package plants (large, on-site sewage treatment systems) in 1990. Martin County has fewer septic tanks on the lagoon than other counties, because it has fewer residents living along the lagoon than other counties, and because we don’t count those septic tanks in southern Martin County.
Hurchalla — It’s a handy weapon.
So, too, are distortions of truth masquerading as “facts.”
Hurchalla – Two years ago when Martin County commissioners further tightened the rules, Commissioner Doug Smith said it was unfair to limit what developers could do until all the existing septic systems in the county were connected to central sewer. The theory seemed to be, “You can’t close the barn door until all the horses are caught.”
Two years ago, when Hurchalla rewrote the Comp Plan, Commissioners Doug Smith and John Haddox pointed out that the intent of Hurchalla’s proposed legislation was not to protect waterways, but to strangle opportunities for agri-tourism or alternative revenue streams for our existing farms and businesses. Both commissioners said that the original intent of our Comprehensive Growth Management Plan was to manage growth, not to kill it, and particularly not by trampling on the rights of individual property owners. We need to take the protection of our waterways out of the political arena.
Hurchalla — Recently the rock-throwing about septic systems started again when some Sewall’s Point residents said they didn’t think sewer lines needed to be extended to their neighborhoods.
Curious – or convenient – that Hurchalla never considers her criticism of others as “rock-throwing.”
Hurchalla — This brought on accusations from sugar allies that the “coastal elite” were a bunch of hypocrites who like to blame others for their own environmental sins.
Hurchalla and her supporters always attempt to undermine criticisms by labeling the source as a “sugar ally,” thus somehow allowing her to ignore facts being presented by multiple, credible sources, even from the scientific community — unless she agrees with them.
Hurchalla — Are septic systems for single-family homes sinful? Some are. Neighborhoods with very small lots, very high water tables, high system failure rates and ditches that lead to our waterways are a real problem.
Hurchalla — Septic systems on large lots on high ground that are regularly maintained are not a problem.
And how do you know they are being “regularly maintained”?
Regardless of how well maintained, septic tanks in a coastal environment will drain into the nearest waterway, some within days, others within weeks, an irrefutable fact. That’s just the way water flows. Septic tanks were not designed to remove all pollutants, only enteric bacteria and some phosphorous.
Hurchalla — The Florida Department of Health has never found high bacterial counts along the shoreline of Sewall’s Point.
They do not test along the Sewall’s Point shoreline, according to the Department of Health. They test the water around the Stuart sandbar, which we know has been closed often due to high enteric bacteria counts.
Hurchalla — There are up to 26,000 existing septic systems in Martin County. Hooking them all up would cost more than $400 million dollars.
These estimates are low because they do not include the southern end of Martin County, which is served by the South Martin Regional Utility. Others estimate the number of septic tanks in Martin County number around 36,000, when including the southern part of the county. The cost to convert is high, but can be spread out with planning and cost reduction through state loans and grants. It requires only the will of the people to make it happen. The cost due to the loss of our estuary and our reefs is far higher.
Hurchalla — People who can mentally walk and chew gum at the same time realize that problems with a lot of causes get solved by setting priorities.
People who can mentally walk and chew gum at the same time realize that problems with a lot of causes get solved by recognizing multi-faceted approaches are required with the precise planning found in the Integrated Delivery System, not by wearing blinders to all except the one path that obliterates all other paths and planning in order to fulfill the hidden agendas of the most powerful.
Hurchalla — There are good reasons why Sewall’s Point residents might want to hook up to central sewer, but areas with homes on large lots on high ground are not anywhere near the top of the priority list when it comes to cost-effective solutions. Creating a program to make sure all the systems were functioning properly and were regularly pumped might be far more effective in the dollar-for-dollar cost of keeping nitrogen out of the estuary.
No septic tank removes nitrogen, except the new, specially designed systems aimed specifically at nitrogen removal, and even those do not remove pharmaceuticals and toxic cleaners. Estimates to retrofit current septic systems to remove nitrogen range from $16,000 to $22,000 each. Did Sewall’s Point adopt any septic system regulations requiring pump-out schedules or inspections or mandatory conversion to nitrogen removal? Did they require even to have their older septic tanks retrofitted to install filters to keep their septic drain fields from clogging due to hair and use of garbage disposals? No; however, they took an important first step by choosing to convert from septic to sewer on the northern end and along A1A in their community. With grants and the state’s revolving loan program for household hook-ups, that may well be the most cost-effective alternative after all.
Hurchalla — Meanwhile, there are other sources of nutrient pollution and more cost effective solutions we need to pursue: The county needs to identify funding for extending sewers to high-priority neighborhoods. These are the areas that can least afford it.
That is currently underway, and thanks to the current county commission’s priority on cleaning waterways, the previous schedule of 20 years has been cut in half to 10 years for 24 areas of the county targeted by engineering studies for conversion.
Hurchalla — We need to keep the barn door closed and not continue to approve development that will require expensive future conversion from septic to sewer.
The county approved current developments — not new developments — to extend sewer lines AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE in order to eliminate the use of septic systems on their own property, which is a positive step in protecting our waterways.
Hurchalla — The Commission’s recent vote to allow extra-large high-risk septic systems throughout the rural area is worse than a step backwards. It makes us look like stupid hypocrites.
No such thing was approved. The county commission majority approved a plan to consider up to 5,000 gallons a day only on a case-by-case basis. A blanket approval for larger septic tanks in agricultural areas does not exist.
The state standard is a system that can accommodate a 10,000-gallon flow per day. These are not high-risk septic tanks. In fact, Hurchalla’s rewrite reduced the size of septic tanks for businesses and farms to that for residential properties, a 2,000-gallon-flow-per-day system. It is a far greater risk to the environment to push the capacity of undersized septic systems, than to under utilize a larger system. And, yes, many of us do look like stupid hypocrites, but it’s not those who advocate for conversion to central sewer.
Hurchalla — We need to make the state find a better way to deal with sewage sludge. Currently they are allowing big city sludge to be renamed “biosolids” and spread all over western Martin County. Agreed.
Hurchalla — The state needs to make best management practices for agriculture mandatory instead of voluntary.
That makes no sense when the best management practices adopted by the agricultural industry have demonstrated such phenomenal success. Making these practices mandatory requires hiring a flotilla of new inspectors and a fleet of vehicles, costing thousands in the short term, millions in the long term, with no obvious return on investment — because the voluntary practices are already exceeding mandatory goals. That money would be better spent on building the Central Everglades Restoration Projects, or the CEPP projects, or a host of others, including finishing the repairs to the Herbert Hoover dike and building a southern reservoir.
Hurchalla — When you look at the sources of nitrogen in our estuary, the vast majority is coming from the St. Lucie River and the C-23 and C-24 canals.
Exactly, and the septic tanks along all those water bodies currently in use do not remove nitrogen. The extension of a sewer line into the Seven Js industrial development – paid for by those businesses – would potentially remove more than 80 septic tanks on the banks of the C-23 canal, along with the toxic leachate from the Martin County landfill, yet that decision was assailed by Hurchalla and her supporters.
Hurchalla — All of us need to do our part to cut down on fertilizer use. Those on septic need to make sure their systems are regularly pumped, inspected and updated.
“Updating” a septic tank costs more than connecting to a sewer line. Pumping out a septic tank every three years would need to be mandated by law in order to be effectual, yet we cannot even get a law passed that a septic tank must be inspected when a home is sold, much less every three years. And “updating” a septic tank to remove nitrogen is more costly than hooking up to a central sewer system.
As far as fertilizer, we need to learn how and when to properly apply fertilizer to ensure maximum uptake by plants, and how to keep stormwater on our own property, as does Kai-Kai’s 40-acre farm. If they can do it, we all can.
Hurchalla — But don’t believe the myth that our lost summers were caused by the sinful septic systems of the coastal elite.
Only Hurchalla perpetuates that myth.
Hurchalla — Don’t throw rocks at Sewall’s Point.
Sewall’s Point is on the right track, and we trust will continue to set an example for the rest of the county.
Hurchalla — Make sure we are doing everything we can not to make the problem worse.
Absolutely, including supporting our city and county commissions to further expand our central sewer systems.
Hurchalla — Implement cost-effective solutions locally. Demand that the state take action to make sure polluters pay to deal with the problems they cause.
We cannot very well demand that others deal with their pollution when we refuse to deal with our own.
Hurchalla — And keep on shouting that we need to clean up Lake Okeechobee water and SEND IT SOUTH.
Yes. We need reservoirs and stormwater treatment areas built to clean that water before it ever reaches Lake Okeechobee, so we can send CLEAN water south to the Everglades.
Hurchalla — Disclaimer: I do not live on Sewall’s Point. I have a septic system on a half-acre lot. It is well set back from the water. And how far is “well set back”? We get it pumped and inspected every three years. I will be happy to pay to hook up when Martin County provides sewer lines.
And in the meantime, should not the environmental icon of Martin County consider “updating” her septic system, too, instead of telling Sewall’s Point residents to “update” theirs?
JUST FOR THE RECORD:
This made the Confederate Army, Navy, and Marine Veterans equal to U.S. Veterans. Additionally, under U.S. Public Law 810 (Link Below), approved by the 17th Congress on 26 Feb 1929, The War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. War grave sites.
Just for the record, the last Confederate veteran died in 1958. So, in essence, when you remove a confederate statue, monument, or headstone, you are in fact removing a statue, monument, or headstone OF A U.S. VETERAN.
“(e) For the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term
‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces
of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the
term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such forces.
I didn’t Make This Stuff Up.
No Wonder We’re in so Much Trouble!
A DC ‘airport ticket agent’ offers some examples of why the US is in so
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman’s (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ”I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts…..”
Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ”Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Cape Town is in South Africa ..”
His response — click..
3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that’s not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.
He replied, ‘Don’t lie to me!, I looked on the map, and Florida is a very THIN state!!” (OMG)
4. I got a call from a lawmaker’s wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ”Is it possible to see England from Canada?”
I said, ”No.”
She said, ”But they look so close on the map” (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas.. I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas… When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ”I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.” (Aghhhh)
6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.
I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois ,but she couldn’t understand the concept of time zones… Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ”Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?” I said, ‘No, why do you ask?’
He replied, ”Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m overweight.. I think that’s very rude!”
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno , Ca. is (FAT – Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage..
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, ”Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?”
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright from Ala. Who asked, ”How do I know which plane to get on?”
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ”I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.”
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein called and said, ”I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola , Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?”
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola and fly on a commuter plane.
She said, ”Yeah, whatever, smarty!”
11. Mary Landrieu, La. Senator, called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. “Oh, no I don’t. I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.”
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ”Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!”
12 A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ”I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York ..”
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ”Are you sure that’s the name of the town?”
‘Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ”I’m sorry, sir, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a rhino anywhere.”
”The man retorted, ”Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!”
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ”You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?”
The reply? ”Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.”
Now you know why the Government is in the shape it’s in!
Could ANYONE be this DUMB?
YES, THEY WALK AMONG US, ARE IN POLITICS, AND THEY CONTINUE TO BREED.
I don’t write it, I just offer it for your consideration. Like manure, you just gotta spread it around.
Half Of States Report 50 Percent or More
of Births Financed by Medicaid
I has come only recently o my attention that in 24 of the 50 United States more than 50% of teh births in these states are paid for by YOU, the tax payer.
In a recently published article (link below) HealthCare Finance News that in New Mexico 72% of all births are paid for by Mediaid with new Hampshire being the lowest at 27%.
In 1965 when the “Great Society” legislation was passed and the “War on Poverty” in the U.S. began I just so happened to be in Kentucky completing my undergraduate studies.
There was a great spike in the number of births occurring in the state, with no apparent explanation. Upon further investigation I discovered a program offered by the Welfare Department in Kentucky to aid families. The locals jockeingly called this program the Happy Pappy Program. Fundamentally it raised the monthly allocation of benefits under Aid To dependant Children perfamily based on the number of children in the household. The incentive being; the more children you have the cash came into the household. Myself being a New Yorker and cynical by nature also immediately saw another benefit to another entity, The Democratic Party. These new births would all become Democrarats and would vote Democratic. Once again thank you Lyndon Johnson. I submitted my finding in a paper for my class and a copy to te State Legislature. The “Happy Pappy Program” was eliminated in the following 1966 legislative session.
As I watch from day to day the Senate grappling with the “Repeal and Replace” effort and Medicaid being one of the major stumbling blocks, I say to myself; ‘somebody has got to be kidding me”.
Once again I say “WAKE UP AMERICA”, do we really have to repeat our past mistakes.
They Won’t Learn This in Today’s Schools………..and that’s sad !
Our 4th Of July:
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. Thehome was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!
We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!
I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more MEANING to it than beer, fireworks, HOT DOGS, and picnics……
Long-time Locals Like Me Are Tired Of ‘No Growth’ Tactics
By: Rick Hartman, Hartman Real Estate
As a fourth-generation Martin County resident, I have a lot of history and a lot of love for this community. And as someone who’s spent his life earning a living in the agricultural industry, I was offended when I read Maggy Hurchalla’s June 9 column about “Martin County heading in a more permissive direction.”
Long-time locals like me are tired of these false accusations. We’re fed up with claims that our current County Commission majority — and people like me who voted them into office — are putting jobs before the environment. This dishonest statement is one of many myths and scare tactics used for decades by Hurchalla and others who operate behind closed doors as part of Martin County’s “shadow government” to perpetuate their radical no-growth agenda.
For decades, the “no-growth” regime has used a convincing bait-and-switch maneuver disguising their agenda of preventing thoughtful, well-planned growth under the cloak of environmental preservation.
Their tactics have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in lawsuits; money that could have been spent fixing roads and bridges, helping our river and improving our parks and recreational facilities.
The Martin County commissioners elected last November are trying to restore property rights taken away, for no legitimate reason, by the previous “no-growth” majority. One of those pertains to a specific policy section of Martin County’s growth management plan dealing with septic tanks and sewer lines.
In 2014, the no-growth commission majority decreased the maximum flow of septic systems in agricultural areas by 250 percent.. There was no evidence provided to show any septic tank failures on large agricultural lots, or that reducing flows would lead to fewer tanks or tank failures. In fact, undersized, overused septic systems are more likely to fail than an oversized, underused system.
Knowing full well the unjustified burden this would place on the agricultural and business community, the previous commission decided to fix something that wasn’t broken. In doing so, their goal of having more undersized septic tanks out in agricultural lands actually put our river at greater risk of harm.
Thankfully, the current commission majority listened to county staff, rather than the myths of the previous group. The new language implements environmental and planning policies that protect our rivers and quality of life while maintaining our growth regulations. Fixes to the amendment do not change any existing land uses or permitted uses already allowed by the county. The fixes don’t increase the density or intensity of development. Septic tank flows continue to be permitted on a case-by-case basis through the Florida Department of Health as they always have.
The other myth they try to perpetuate is that the extension of sewer lines outside the county’s urban services district will cause unbridled growth. With the new amendment language, the option for the extension of sewer lines now can be considered under specific circumstances if certain conditions are met. It does not allow even one acre of additional development not already approved. It does, however, help protect and improve the health of our waterways, which is what these individuals claim is their goal.
I appreciate the commission majority restoring policies that are based on expert staff analysis, public input and common sense. Citizens should be appreciative it is working to protect our natural environment rather than leaving policies in place that only are designed to stop growth at the expense of the environment.
Rick Hartman, is a fourth-generation Martin County resident who lives in Palm City
RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA
Those who may have grown up or in my case watched their sons and daughters watch this episode of a middle school Jan Brady complain in a jealous rant about how her older sister was getting all the attention.
I’m now relating this rant to the liberal left stating in November when older brother Donald Trump won the election of 2016.
Get over it Democrats we are all in the same family and should be supportive of one another. Not only that, the ranting and raving is getting real boring.
Get over it!
“Five Wishes” – Advance Directives
“Catch Up” is triggered the moment someone becomes suddenly dysfunctional, or critical by hospital emergency, and always creates challenging problems for caregivers. From personal experience, here are some ideas, tools, and simple advance preparations which can help anyone avoid “Catch Up”. We can easily pre-plan to help caregivers avoid potential hurdles and complications that delay care. Issues can be anticipated by advance directives, and solutions facilitated with the help of Treasure Coast Hospice. Plan for emergencies, and take advantage of available local resources.
Healthcare professionals consistantly tell me most people are unprepared. Patients rarely have all the documents needed by EMTs, hospitals, or doctors readily accessible. Caregivers usually discover this while waiting in a hospital emergency room dealing with unexpected serious medical concerns.
I flew airplanes for 60 years. 80% of pilot semi-annual, recurrent training involved anticipation and preparation for emergencies. In the same way, disruptions and challenges caused by medical emergencies involving loved ones can be greatly minimized through the identical process of advance planning and preparation.
Treasure Coast Hospice offers a free publication called “Five Wishes”. This 12-page form is a simple and mostly do-it-yourself, fill-in-the-blanks resource. Anyone can use “Five Wishes” to express his or her own emergency, disability, or end-of-life preferences. The form provides numerous blank spaces to include necessary authorizations and guidance for family, friends and healthcare providers. “Five Wishes” makes it easy to plan ahead. Your written plan saves others from having to make difficult and heartbreaking decisions. “Five Wishes” helps avoid the challenges of “Catch Up”.
My wife, Pat, and I were travel agents. We specialized in cruises and sailed together more than 60 times. At age 69, Pat fell in a Doctor’s office, breaking her hip. The surgery following the accident accelerated her chronic Parkinson’s disease causing unremitting and substantial pain for the next three years
During the first 12 months Pat saw a specialist of some sort every week. Treasure Coast Hospice was never mentioned. Fortunately at month 13, a Treasure Coast Hospice evaluation determined that Pat could have received in-home care that would have mitigated a lot of her suffering months earlier.
Five Wishes is a simple form that documents your instructions for your future medical care in the event you become unable to speak for yourself. The booklet has several components, including:
• A health care Power of Attorney or surrogate authorization that allows you to name a person you trust to make your health care decisions if you cannot make them yourself.
• A Living Will – a statement about your desires to have or not to have your life prolonged by extraordinary measures if you have a terminal or incurable illness or if you are in a vegetative state.
• A Declaration of Anatomical Gift – allowing you to make a gift by will, organ donor card or other document.
After completing “Five Wishes” many decide to expand and broaden the scope of their end-of-life directives in a “Red Notebook”. The Red Notebook Project is user-friendly. It is a fill-in-the-blanks, 3-ring notebook with storage pockets available at a modest price, and is privately published. The information can also be uploaded and updated anywhere at any time online.
The Red Notebook is indexed, “do-it-yourself”, and divided into sections with detailed checklists and suggestions. Multiple pockets create an easy place to put important legal documents such as a Will or a Trust. Some people record contacts, passwords, user-names and account information for banking or investment accounts. They sometimes include Powers of Attorney or other authorizations enabling a caregiver to write checks or transfer cash from savings into a checking account.
I have seen Red Notebooks which go into detail explaining where various important files and records can be found, along with lists and contact information for those who should be notified in the event of death. Many realize that surviving family is under a lot of pressure when a spouse or parent dies, so they write their own obituary. The more we have pre-prepared in advance, the easier it will be for the surviving caregivers.
Because of my recent, close, and personal experience with all of these medical and end-of-life issues, I am a volunteer for Treasure Coast Hospice. I am not an Attorney, but am available to discuss or speak about these issues; answer questions, and to provide copies of “Five Wishes”. Also, for more information on The Red Notebook Project, I am glad to help you there, as well.”
My contact information is; Cell # 772-486-2539 (Phone or Text); and
Fox News Devours Its Own
Fox News provides 20% of the Revenues for its Parent corporation. But it is now destroying its most successful commentators. Most other organizations go all out to defend their assets. The NFL & the NBA defend their stars even when they beat their wives, sexually abuse women, punch others, do drugs or run around with, or even use, guns. Yet, Fox News has used claims of sexual harassment by O’Reilly, their most successful host, as an excuse to fire him! Why?
This outrage about sexual harassment was all a fake. The advertisers had no problem supporting Hillary; even though she headed up the “Bimbo Eruptions Unit” that abused women who had already been sexually abused by Bill Clinton.
Liberals do not care a whit about women being sexually harassed. When Woody Allen slept with his step-daughter, Hollywood worked overtime to rehabilitate him. Roman Polansky was convicted in 1997 of raping a 13-year-old. 40 years later, Hollywood is still working to rehabilitate Polansky. Political liberals are now working to rehabilitate Anthony Weiner, who was sexting with various young women. And no liberal ever mentions the plight of women under Shari’ah law; not even when they are killed in “honor” killings in America. Nor do they ever mention the disgusting Islamic practice of Female Genital Mutilation; practiced on children as young as 7!! Not even when it is being practiced by a Johns Hopkins trained doctor in Detroit! How could they possibly be so outraged at whatever O’Reilly is supposed to have done?
We are losing our one Conservative TV News site because the liberal Murdoch Brothers now control Fox News: Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is in his late eighties. His sons, Lachlan and James Murdoch, are liberals. James and his wife Kathryn are ardent Environmentalists and Global Warming supporters. Kathryn is on the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Defense Fund. Lachlan’s wife Sarah works for Hillary’s Clinton Global Initiative. Their wives control the Murdoch brothers and have convinced them to remake Fox News as a liberal organization.
The #2 owner of the Fox News empire is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal*, who strongly opposes President Trump’s attempt to stop Muslim Terrorist infiltration of our country. In exchange for helping Rupert stave off a hostile takeover, bin Talal obtained sufficient influence* over the Murdochs and through them, of Fox News. This is why Fox News downplays the massive Saudi influence over American politics; particularly over the Democrat Party. After Trump’s win; bin Talal has obviously redoubled his efforts to silence any support for President Trump.
In 2012, Obama won only because he weaponized the IRS and silenced his biggest Conservative opponents, the Tea Party. And Obama controlled the Media, which never mentioned Obama’s various failures; on Foreign Policy, like in Benghazi or Syria; or Domestic Policy, like Obamacare.
But, in 2016, Hillary lost. Liberals had successfully silenced all the Liberal News Media – None of them reported on the violations of national security, the bribery or the corruption of Hillary and her “charitable” organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. But Fox News did. No doubt the liberals believe Fox News’ exposure of the multiple Hillary scandals and crimes helped President Trump win the election. Liberals won’t allow Fox News to remain conservative. And now, they are willing to lose big bucks; and get rid of the influential and extremely profitable Conservatives Christians on Fox News. All in pursuit of their liberal ideology.
Their plan is to oust all the Conservative Christians on Fox News:
Roger Ailes, a son of a Christian pastor, the brilliant creator and founder of the conservative Fox News was ousted on Sexual Harassment charges.
Bill O’Reilly, another Christian, the #1 Cable News star for 20 years on Fox News, was also ousted on Sexual Harassment charges. Fox News hatched a very elaborate plot; a replica of what Liberals did to Rush Limbaugh over the Sandra Fluke issue; and what they did to President Trump during the campaign. First, women associates claimed they were harassed – One even claimed she was “emotionally harassed’! Then, the NY Times made sensational claims; immediately copied and amplified by other liberal media. Next came Gloria Allred, ready to collect big fees by filing lawsuits and forcing settlements. Next were bots producing thousands of fake Tweets and fake FB posts threatening to boycott Advertisers’ products if the Advertisers continued to advertise on O’Reilly. The withdrawal of the advertisers provided the excuse for the Murdoch brothers’ wives to fire O’Reilly. As Limbaugh explained, there is a way to fight this. But it is obvious the Murdoch wives did not want to.
Tucker Carlson, another Christian with a fantastic following; twice that of Megyn Kelly, is to be ousted in a different way. He is being forced to talk about liberal drivel such as Caitlyn Jenner and her feelings. This is the technique Disney used on ESPN. It purchased an extremely popular sports network; pushed out its professional sports commentators and replaced them with LGBT supporting gay commentators breathlessly asking “Is he gay?” instead of talking about the game. The public got fed up and left in droves. ESPN is now laying off workers. Similarly, we will stop watching Tucker Carlson and, of course, this will drive down Carlson’s fantastic ratings. Then, the Murdoch Brothers’ wives will drive out Carlson for “failing ratings.”
Sean Hannity, another Christian, one of President Trump’s biggest supporters and a strong supporter of Israel, is also on the chopping block. Can’t believe they are using the same ploy of Sexual Harassment. However, Hannity is fighting back. Hannity has retained attorneys to sue the accuser. And now, Debbie Schussel, the accuser, is walking back her claim.
You have to wonder why anyone hires a woman. It seems like they use their mentors to advance themselves; and then turn around and destroy them by suing for sexual harassment!!
Lou Dobbs, another Christian, is also a fantastically popular, outspoken conservative host of Fox Business News. Fearless in his criticism of the Establishment, including the RINO’s. Strong in his support for President Trump’s policies. How long will he last?
When Fox News gets rid of all its Christian Conservatives and converts itself to MSNBC; the American Public will be force fed liberal garbage and fake news. Where will we turn?
We are losing access to Social Media too. Facebook will censor conservative sites – just as it used “Hate Crimes” and “Islamophobia” as an excuse to remove 30,000 conservative sites in France just before the recent election. Whistleblowers report that Facebook routinely suppressed Conservative News.* And, in fact, various US Conservative sites already report Twitter & Facebook are deleting their posts.
Google spies on their workers, ostensibly to prevent leaks. But, in fact, to check on their political loyalty to the Google & the Democrat Party. Google faces potential $3.8 billion lawsuit over internal ‘spying’ program based on workers ratting each other out. There are many ways in which Google uses its vast powers to act as a censor and master manipulator. In fact, another whistleblower claims that Google instructs its workers and its contractors to put Conservative sites low down on their search engines, so conservative newsfeeds would not be visible to people searching the internet. As one author says, “We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and secretive decisions about denying people services; we shouldn’t let Google do so either.” But for now, Google is the master controller of the information the public receives.
We Conservatives will have no “Freedom of Speech” This will be limited to those who support, and are supported by, Liberals/Socialists/Communists. They will riot, beat us up and prevent us from speaking. Milo Yiannopoulos, David Horowitz, Anne Coulter, Charles Murray, Ben Shapiro, Heather McDonald, and just about any conservative, is prevented from speaking at Campuses across America.
Meantime, liberal Communist teachers are free to Denigrate our President and run down Conservatives: One high school teacher walked around with signs on her back saying “Tuck Frump” with the letters F-U-C-K clearly spelled out. Communist Professors are free to incite violence against our President demanding that he should be hung;* While other Communist Professors incite more violence by depicting our President beheaded and the University of Alaska proudly displays this as “a work of art”!
Final Step: We become Venezuela. Venezuela was once a very rich nation. But it has been reduced to dire poverty by Socialists. There is absolutely no food. The public is now reduced to eating their cats and dogs. The public rose up and defeated President Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro by electing his opponents to control the Legislature. But Maduro struck back by using his Supreme Court to virtually abolish the Legislature. Maduro also ordered his police to use tear gas and batons on the people. Using the excuse of “Gun Control,” Maduro removed guns from law-abiding people. And when they rose up objecting that the Socialist/Communists have ruined Venezuela’s economy; stolen all the country’s money; and that they literally have nothing to eat; Maduro provided his supporters with guns, knowing they will be used against Venezuela’s law abiding people. There have been riots for the past 4 weeks; and yet, Maduro remains in power.
This is “Socialism:” First Socialists/Communists talk compassion and love for the poor; democracy and “tolerance;” call us “racists,” and “Islamophobes” and intimidate us. Once they get power; they never let go. They use the media, the regulations, the laws and the judiciary to oppress the people. Even if we overcome all of these obstacles; stop listening to them; and start winning elections; they never give up their power. Instead, they turn to violence and murder.
We’re not there yet. But we are definitely on the way.
Obamacare Rears It’s Little Head Again
The January euphoria that the Donald was going to repeal Obamacare was raging high and it seemed as if things would finally go back to normal when it came to business practices on the Treasure Coast.
When Congress failed to come to an agreement on the Obamacare and not even willing to pass the repeal legislation they had all agreed upon just 15 months before and then went on a two recess, the people who have to deal with and make pragmatic decisions reverted to their old behaviors.
Two individuals whom had been looking for work for years found full time positions in January.
Today I found out that these two individuals have been terminated two days before they would qualify for their benefits.
Wake up Congress, WAKE UP AMERICA
Telecom Bill CS/SB 596/HB 687
By: Tom Campenni
There is a Telecom bill which would allow utilities to place wireless antennas within public rights of way without gaining our permission or paying anything. Those same companies bill the public for cell and internet service. Why do they get this huge subsidy…nothing but corporate welfare at the expense of the people. CS/SB 596 Hutson with a companion by LaRosa HB 687 .
The CRA bill is HB 13 by Raburn with a companion of SB 1770 by Lee.
HB 17 by Fine would preclude any local government from passing regulations on businesses. Below is something I wrote to FLC regarding this bill. Rep Fine declined to see me regarding this.
Representative Fine wants to know instances where HB 17 would interfere with current local ordinances. I don’t understand why is it local government’s responsibility to state specifically how HB 17 would impact our localities. Rather, Representative Fine should explain to municipalities and their residents the necessity for his legislation. Why is there a need and what will the passage of HB 17 accomplish to fix the perceived problem. When I was in Tallahassee at the bill’s first committee stop, I was astonished by the sponsor’s failure in enunciating a clear reason for this bill. In fact, after listening to the questions and comment from the committee members, I thought that the bill would be defeated.
I was in utter disbelief when it passed committee by every Republican except one voting in favor. This perplexing vote would suggest that Representative Fine was but a tool of House leadership in their furthering of an agenda antithetical to local government. For several years, our Republican led legislature, especially in the House, has taken a very “Big Government” position regarding municipal “home rule”. In the name of business friendliness, Tallahassee has placed the interest of “Big Business” over that of the people. The principle of municipal home rule is not a belief shared by most of our present legislators.
What happened to the people’s right through self-governing? The right to live in communities that express their desires? As a Republican, I always thought one of our core beliefs was that of local control. As so many things in modern politics, this belief may have been subsumed into the greater need for campaign contributions. Self-determination is to be jettisoned for the need to collect more contributions.
While the above may have some baring, I believe it is more likely that leadership believes that it is just inefficient to have different local ordinances governing Floridians. Regardless of the people’s wishes, the Tallahassee model of “we know best” is paramount. The House leadership’s desire to build a monolithic Florida wrapped in the doctrine of rooting out corruption will not produce the desired effect. The Florida constitution clearly wants preemption to be used in rare cases not anytime a legislator believes his ideas are better than the combined wisdom of the people. Corruption flourishes not when government is closest to the people but when power is concentrated in the hands of a few. Corruption is not only evident by the exchange of money and favors but also when a small body substitutes its wishes for that of the people.
Representative Fine at the committee hearing repeated over and over the phrase “I am not a lawyer” when a question the committee asked could not be explained by the Representative. Well, “I am not a lawyer” but the right of preemption granted in the constitution was not to be used lightly. “I am not a lawyer” but the promulgation of a new law should have a specific public purpose not be for the consolidation of legislative power. “I am not a lawyer” but the right of the people to govern their local communities in ways they want is fundamental to a free society and a free America.
When County Commissioners Break the Law,
Shouldn’t the Local Newspaper Be Paying Attention?
I’ll tell you why, and it gives me no pleasure to say this: It’s because the newspaper of record in Martin County, The Stuart News — where I worked for 28 years — wasn’t covering the bizarre story of collusion, deception and outright lies in Lake Point’s lawsuit against Martin County.
That’s wasn’t. As in Was Not. First instinct: Protect the ones you love, I guess.
The point is, Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding and now-former-commissioner Anne Scott, plus former county commissioner Maggy Hurchalla — one or another of them at various times — were in and out of court hearings since 2013 lying like a rug, denying, disappearing or destroying public records sought by the rock mine to argue its case.
When Stuart News readers and taxpayers went to bed Friday night, they had no idea court-appointed arbitrator Howard Googe had ordered Martin County to pay four years of Lake Point attorney fees in the case, amounting to $371,801.75. Miami Herald readers knew it, Stuart News readers did not. See the Herald story here.
I’m talking about two real stories on the public records lawsuit in four years. The only two directly related to the case I remember or could find on the Web were 1) when the first trial judge ruled the county was not violating public records laws in September 2015 — and it was on page 2 or 3; and 2) when that ruling was overturned and a new trial was ordered in April 2016 — that one was on page 13, where even advertisers beg not to go.
During the pre-primary phase of Election 2016, the email issue did come up in some Stuart News coverage, which the paper labeled “scurrilous attacks” on the county commissioners, as if they somehow were above wrongdoing.
I can assure you this: There is one journalist, and only one journalist, in Martin County who has followed the public records lawsuit story chapter and verse from Day One — and I mean virtually every day in court, every legal step of the way: Barbara Clowdus.
Clowdus, appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last week to serve on the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties, is the editor and publisher of Martin County Currents. Barbara has a print version of the paper, but it’s available online on the Martin County Currents website. And stay tuned. I’m going to write her hard-slogging inspirational story in Sunshine State News very soon. Talk about a good person harassed by Martin County’s dark forces …
During the weekend I had eight phone calls to my home from readers of The Stuart News, asking me what this lawsuit is all about and “why haven’t we seen it in the Stuart paper?” Some had read my story, some the Herald’s, one Clowdus’ story. These were not happy people. Two of them specifically brought up former state Senate President and former St. Lucie Property Appraiser Ken Pruitt.
Starting April 7, 2013, for the next 546 days — just as the public records lawsuit was heating up — editors launched a year-long attempt to humiliate and discredit the popular state lawmaker by running the daily “Pruitt Meter” — a mug shot of Pruitt at the top of the Opinion Page, with a number that counted the days he refused to discuss whether he would keep his “lucrative lobbying business” or give it up and be a full-time county property appraiser. Pruitt was doing nothing illegal. His decision to take on a sugar client was at the heart of the campaign.
So, these Stuart callers wanted to know how the newspaper could spend so much time on Pruitt, yet couldn’t smell out public officials running amok in their own backyard? And I admit it, I wanted to know, too.
(Oh, and as an aside, under Pruitt’s leadership, the St. Lucie Property Appraiser’s Office was awarded the 2014 International Association of Assessing Officers’ “Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award,” a recognition given to only one office out of 7,000 in the world. It wasn’t long after that that the newspaper took the Pruitt Meter down.)
It was a failure. Local folks either found harassing Pruitt unsavory or plain didn’t care as long as it was legal.
About mid-morning Monday, The Stuart News finally produced a whitewashed story on the public records lawsuit outcome. Even in its later update, it included few of arbitrator Googe’s stinging comments.
“Still protecting their favorite commissioners,” sniffed T.C. Brown, a retired banker who lives in Jensen Beach.
News Director and Editor Adam Neal did not return my phone call.
Even Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, told me she was “always surprised” she never got a call from the Stuart paper asking about this public records case.
“The arbitrator really slapped these commissioners silly,” Petersen said. “What these elected officials did was clearly intentional. And I would definitely say this is criminal and should be investigated. But only a state attorney can file criminal charges. It would help greatly if someone would go to (State Attorney) Bruce Colton and file a complaint. But even then, it’s up to him whether he pursues it.”
Petersen said it might add weight to his decision that “this is the second time Martin County commissioners have intentionally attempted to thwart the public’s ability to oversee the actions of the commission and hold it accountable.”
I wonder if there’s any appetite among Stuart editors to run a “Heard Meter” and a “Fielding Meter” — they could run them like bookends at the top of the Opinion page — counting the days until Sarah Heard steps down … counting the days until Ed Fielding, etc. — no, probably not.
Lake Point’s Court Fight Over Public Records Ends … almost
The county and the Lake Point mining and water restoration project ended their dispute over public records when county commissioners refused in a vote at a special meeting Feb. 17 to go to trial, scheduled just four days later.
Well, it almost ended.
It would have been the second trial in the county’s court battle over Lake Point’s access to public records, which has been ongoing for four years.
Court-ordered arbitration concluded in the case Feb. 9 before Stuart attorney Howard Googe, a certified mediator with specialized training in civil trial practice, who determined in his arbitration order that Lake Point was entitled to attorney fees and costs – in addition to all public records it has been seeking since February 2013.
“Based upon the totality of the evidence, testimony and case law presented,” Googe wrote in his order, “I find that it is unfortunate that these claims have resulted in years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and costs to both parties.”
Googe included in his award to Lake Point the public records from Commissioner Sarah Heard’s private Yahoo email account, which she testified had been “hacked” early in 2013, destroying eight years of emails and all her contacts.
The arbitrator’s order found Heard’s testimony regarding the loss of her emails to be “suspicious, bizarre and less than credible.”
Neither the county’s digital forensics expert nor Lake Point’s forensics expert found evidence of a third-party breach of the personal computer that Heard provided for the forensics examination, which would account for a loss of data, according to the expert’s report.
After Heard could not remember her password, thus thwarting the county’s digital analysis of her Yahoo email account, Circuit Court Judge William Roby issued a subpoena to Yahoo earlier this month for whatever emails could be reconstructed from Heard’s private email account, plus activity logs and passwords, which would go only to Roby.
Whatever materials were recovered from Yahoo as a result of the subpoena are required by the arbitrator in his order to be turned over to Lake Point, which has a separate lawsuit pending in circuit court alleging that Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District breached their contracts with Lake Point in early 2013, and that former commissioner Maggy Hurchalla allegedly interfered in those contracts.
Lake Point has been seeking email correspondence between Hurchalla and county commissioners’ private email accounts to support their claims for four years, according to court testimony. No date has been set for that trial as yet, but is expected to be heard in early summer.
After Lake Point did not receive any public records from commissioners’ private email accounts, Lake Point amended their original court complaint on February 14, 2014, to add two counts of public records violations, which were severed by the court into a separate case that went to trial in 2015.
The ruling circuit court judge, Shields McManus, wrote that he was troubled by the hacking that he found to be curious and unresolved, although he found no violations of public records laws.
Lake Point appealed that ruling to the 4th District Court of Appeal, which was not heard, because McManus overturned his 2015 ruling in April 2016 after the discovery of then-Commissioner Anne Scott’s previously undisclosed private email account and additional Hurchalla emails. McManus described Scott’s actions as “unlawful.”
In his arbitration order, Googe found that “… a pattern and practice of non-compliance and lack of diligence by the county and certain county commissioners in preserving and protecting public records … ” as required by the state’s public records law, entitled Lake Point to attorney fees and costs – excluding those associated with Lake Point’s appeal – thus awarding Lake Point its fees as of Dec. 31, 2016, in the amount of $371,801.75.
Lake Point attorney Ethan Loeb told the court in a motion filed yesterday that the award should also include the as-yet-unbilled fees and costs over the past two months as the company prepared for trial, which the county allegedly says is “rewriting the arbitrator’s order” for the amount to be awarded.
Lake Point also alleges that the county’s final proposal deletes all reference to the county’s and some commissioners’ “pattern and practice” of violating public records laws, as described by the arbitrator, as well as alleging that it lacks detail in “a thinly veiled attempt to hide the truth from the public,” calling the county’s proposal “a sterilized version” of the arbitrator’s order.
Roby ordered both sides on Wednesday, Feb. 22, back to arbitration; however, Lake Point requested the next day in a motion filed in circuit court that Roby hear the arguments and make the final judgment “confirming the arbitrator’s decision.”
A hearing in circuit court, which has not yet been set, will decide if the case will go back to arbitration or if Roby will issue the final order in circuit court.’
Our Country Just Became A Little Less Safe
We should all be extremely worried about our own intelligence community sabatageing our President, we all loose.
President Trump needs to recruit someone who was familiar as to where all the bodies are buried in the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
Ronal Regan had Whiliam Casey, it may be time to contact Admiral John Poindexter he’s the only guy around who might be able to set the intelligence ship back on a steady course.
Congressional Oversight Committee Dems want public hearings and independant council, Congressman Tre Gowdy was interviewed last evening while in the rotunda of the capitol and suggested that the Dems. had taken the last eight years off and they are fully energized to taken on anything Trump. During that interview I also observed tha workers in the rotunda threw pipes and boards, being as loud a possible by Gowdy prevailed. A few minutes ago I also observed Congressman Gowdy being interview, again in the capitol rotunda, and once again workers were testing the PA system, making it a very difficult interview for both Congressman Gowdy but the viewing public who just might want to hear what the Congressman has to say.
CORNYN, RUBIO, YOUNG:
IT’S TIME FOR ACTION AGAINST IRAN
In April 2015, as President Obama tried to sell the deeply flawed Iran nuclear agreement to Congress and the American people, he vowed that “[o]ther American sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses, its ballistic missile program, will continue to be fully enforced.”
Yet the Obama administration responded to Iran’s escalating ballistic missile activities, support for terrorism and other rogue regimes, and human rights abuses with inaction.
This has encouraged Iran—whose government is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan—to continue and even escalate its destabilization efforts, threatening the United States and our allies.
In fact, Iran defiantly continues to test ballistic missiles, most recently last weekend. Iran’s challenge to the new administration underscores the immediate need for a tougher U.S. policy.
To reverse this dangerous dynamic, the new administration and Congress should start imposing serious consequences on Iran. That’s why we recently introduced the Iran Non-Nuclear Sanctions Act to impose severe financial and economic sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile violations, human rights abuses, and support for terrorism.
Iran’s continued development of its ballistic missile program illustrates why tough words from the Obama administration were not enough—and why Congress and the White House should adopt this legislation without delay.
Iran, thanks in part to assistance from North Korea and Russian entities over the years, possesses the Middle East’s largest and most formidable ballistic missile arsenal—an arsenal that already threatens our forward deployed troops, Israel, and our other allies in the region.
This reality explains why General Martin Dempsey, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned in July 2015 that “under no circumstances should we relieve the pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities[.]” Yet, relieving the pressure was exactly what both the Iran nuclear deal and the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 did.
After Iran predictably fired ballistic missiles in late 2015, the Obama administration responded belatedly in January 2016 by issuing tough statements and imposing weak sanctions that amounted to little more than a symbolic slap on the wrist.
Not surprisingly, the regime in Tehran was not impressed, and responded by escalating ballistic missile development and testing. In fact, a few months later, Iran provocatively fired two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” emblazoned in Hebrew on the side.
Such Iranian provocations are disconcerting for our allies in Israel, but Americans should not view Iran’s ballistic missile program as solely a regional threat. Our intelligence community believes that Tehran would utilize “ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons,” and that Iran’s progress on space launch vehicles provides Tehran with the means to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could eventually deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States.
Reflecting a broader failure of foreign policy, the previous administration also did not impose sufficient consequences on Iran for its support for terrorism and abuse of human rights. As a result, leaders in Tehran— and also in Moscow, Beijing, Damascus, and Pyongyang— came to view the U.S. as a paper tiger that often responds to belligerent activities by roaring loudly and going back to sleep.
Our values and national security interests, as well as the safety of Americans and our allies, demand action. We should not sit idly by and pretend the status quo is acceptable as Iran continues to strengthen its ballistic missile arsenal and support terrorists.
We welcome the statements by President Trump and National Security Advisor Flynn with respect to Iran’s ballistic missile program. It is time to take action with respect to Iran’s growing missile threats, terrorism support, and human rights abuses. That’s why we introduced the Iran Non-Nuclear Sanctions Act, and why we call on lawmakers of both parties to join us in seeking its passage and sending it to the president for his signature.
Republican Todd Young represents Indiana in the United States Senate.
Republican John Cornyn represents Texas in the United States Senate where he serves on the Judiciary Committee. He is a former state attorney general.
Republican Marco Rubio represents Florida in the U.S. Senate.
Martin County Legislative Delegation
Martin County citizens are fortunate to have great leadership in Tallahassee.
Equally important all the amazing Leadership of the elected county commissioners and the service based organizations speaking to the Delegation. We have a great community to raise a family. Working on financial responsibility and addressing the needs of our community through dialog and learning of the issues and the success stories.
Please consider taking some time in a busy daily schedule to understand the issues in your community and get involved. Show respect and proactive to make a difference in your community today.
Where’s The Rage and Concern?
WikileaksIs Not the Enemy of the American People
In photo: Julian Assange from Wikileaks
By: Dick Hall
It is my opinion that Wikileaks and publisher Julian Assange is not the enemy of the American citizen. He is definitely the enemy of the U.S. Government Bureaucracy. The enemies, specifically in this case, are the Defense Department personnel who hacked into and released this information into the public domain via Wikileaks.
Don’t be fooled Wikileaks is no different than The New York Times Ceca 1970. Laws already exist to deal with this situation. In a landmark decision back in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling that the New York Times Could not be prosecuted for treason in their release of the “Pentagon Papers” as stolen by a CIA operative Daniel Elsberg.
Richard Nixon at the time was so upset with the decision that he had his staff come up with a plan to stop leaks from his administration. The plan that was developed and put in place was a group of former CIA operatives called “The Plumbers”. Later the group was caught attempting to bug the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Office Building. The rest is history.
All the bluster and bravado by N.Y. (R) representative Peter King expressing “where’s the Rage and Concern?” is simply answered. The rage and concern by the people is right where it belongs as usual. It belongs and should be directed at the treasonous behavior of our own Defense Department for not doing their job to begin with.
The information released over the past few months is now in the public domain. There is an opportunity here for free speech and educational dialogue. The Wikileaks information should be curriculum material in every political science classroom in every university in the world. Not only to get practical insight as to how diplomatic relations between countries is massaged and developed but more importantly an example of how not to behave when you serve the U.S. upon graduation.
Now please allow me to be a little more cynical, could this event be a planned event by the defense department? Might the powers that be have created the release to give cover for Arab countries who would never support publically a direct U.S. strike on Iran’s nuclear complex and capability. It appears that the information contained in the latest release show that Arab counties like Saudi Arabia would support and has been encouraging the U.S. to deal with the Iranian problem. They would never have the ability to publically support an Israeli strike but they would support a U.S. initiative.
The was an editorial I wrote in 2011.
I just finished watching the Hannity interview with Julian Assange, who remains int the Equadorian Embassy in London, where he has been in protective custody from the U.S. Justice Department (Obama Justice Department) since 2012.
I have good news for you Julian, in 17 days we will have a new justice department. From one journalist to another “Good Luck!”
Rod Sterling Might Intro The Next 4 Years This Way
Donald Trump, a nondescript kind of man who finds himself President Elect of the United State of America.
Like every other President Elect caught in the wheels of scrutiny within the public eye.
He’s scared, right down to the marrow of his bones but it isn’t the oval office that scares him.
The hectic schedule, the looming responsibility or even the office itself.
It’s something that holds Donald Trump in the hot sweaty grip of fear. Something worse that any punishment this world or the Democrats have to offer.
Something found only in the Twilight Zone.
HOW NEW YORK CITY VOTED 2016
“Barry” At His Best
President Obama has an extraordinary 55% approval rating.
Some might say, that just as the polls and surveys were wrong about the election they are also off the mark when it comes to the President’s approval rating.
I think that the President’s behavior today is the reason why he is so popular as a human being. He is simply full of fun.
I saw him today give out the “Presidential medal of honor” awards. Who was that little kid who had a smile as wide as the Grand Canyon when he was standing next to Michael Jordan. He was as excited about being with Mike as Mike was about being with “The President of The United States”. That is the humaness, if that’s a word, that every ounce in a while appears from behind that somber, sober, politician.
Wheather it’s singing in Harlem at the Appolo or wanting to be with Mike, I will choose to remember Barry as that little kid who just had a good time.
I am sure in the next few years I will disagree with most of what he says but I will always remember Barry.
WHITE HOUSE STAFF and HOGWARTS
2016 Trump Ground Game
I have been a very good boy. I have not written anything significant regarding this Presidential election for the past 15 months.
As of this date of November 7th, one day before the general election I am predicting that Donald Trump will Trump Hillary Clinton in a surprising grass roots upset.
The Democrats a proud of their ground game arising from their expert community organizing leadership. They have continually touted theirs over Trumps lack of.
It is my opinion (that’s where I am, the (“Opinion” section), that Trumps ground game comes from the Tea Party. That’s right the “Tea Party”.
You can’t get any more “grass roots” than the grass roots campaign that Andrew Beitbart put together in 2010. It was earth-shattering to some and a shot out of left field to others.
The “Brexit” vote should have been our tip off. When the people at the grass roots level decide that they are going to get off their apathetic comfortable asses, become educated, informed, and decisive, they can move mountains.
I only hope that our country can survive regardless of whom might come out the victor
Submitted by — Nancy Reiley
The arrogant, sore-loser behavior of Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch since her August primary election defeat has clearly tainted the family name. Everyone in Martin County is getting a glimpse of what one of her famous classroom meltdowns must have looked like. Even though Republican voters chose Doug Smith in a fair, legal primary election, her disdain for Smith, has propelled her to unleash a smear campaign against him that is filled with manipulation, lies, and campaign finance law violations.
Thurlow-Lippisch, a radical environmental, who thought she could waltz into a commissioner’s seat by faking it as a Republican, pushing her challenger Henry Copeland out of the way and planing for on an open primary election where her liberal Democrat supporters would vote her into office. The plan failed.
Thurlow-Lippisch blames her loss on a young politician who entered the race as a write-in candidate. She wants everyone to believe Doug Smith was somehow behind his candidacy. There is no evidence what-so-ever to support her claim. Any intelligent onlooker can clearly conclude that if Smith was somehow involved, why has he raised funds to run a campaign against his young opponent?
Thurlow-Lippisch has also launched a slanderous onslaught against Ron Rose who assisted the first time candidate with filing paperwork at the candidate’s request. She has manipulated the facts to make it appear that somehow Rose helping out the candidate was some big secret and conspiracy that was uncovered by an anonymous source. Rose’s support of the young politician’s interest in pursuing public service should be praised.
Thurlow-Lippisch and her minions are illegally financing the young man’s campaign, even hiding their involvement behind untraceable email addresses and a fake LLC. She is using the young man as a pawn in her revenge campaign to smear the good reputation of Doug Smith.
The manipulation of this young politician by Thurlow-Lippisch is disgraceful. She should be ashamed of herself. Chase Lurgio appears to be calling the shots in respect to his campaign and made the decision to accept Thurlow-Lippisch’s help with running his campaign. This is further proof that no one had anything to do with the young man’s decision to be a candidate other than himself.
Her loss had nothing to do with write-ins or conspiracy theories or an open or closed primary election. Perhaps Thurlow-Lippisch lost because she has no real experience. She is a one-issue river warrior candidate who has raised taxes as a Sewell’s Point Commissioner several times.
A Republican representative is a write-in candidate in the District 3 County Commission race. It appears no one really cares about that write-in candidate. No blame game, no accusations and no smear campaign. Interesting enough, no poor loser is acting up over that write-in’s candidacy.
The only scam seems to be the one Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch tried to pull off by deliberately hiding behind the Republican name. She should have been honest with the voters about her liberal views and support, and ran as a Democrat.
Thank goodness Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch didn’t get elected. Martin County doesn’t need anymore County Commissioners who are Republicans in name only nor another arrogant, dishonest, manipulating, corrupt, nasty and unethical politician.
Indiana Jones Makes The Case For Second Amendment
In this day and age “the modern era”, “the 21st Century”, there are those who want to take away the U.S. Citizen’s right to bare arms.
With our current policy of “Open Boarders”, it’s time to arm our populous to the teeth.
THE LIST: Which do you Not Like?
I just received this from a good friend and want to share with you…
I like the way this is phrased because it recognizes that the political class are “bought and paid for”. I believe that the basic premise is correct: If you listen to Trump, he is hitting many of the hot buttons of the electorate. But you have to listen to him and not be distracted by his showmanship (which is designed to give him free publicity since he’s paying for his own campaign).
I like the list of 13 things that I, as a senior American citizen, want.
Trump is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about. My mantra about Trump is this: We are usually in agreement with most of what he says but wish someone else was saying it. We are getting older and our tickers aren’t what they used to be … so here is Our Special Bucket List for 2016 ….
HERE IS WHAT WE WANT…
1. Hillary: held accountable for her previous wrongs!
2. Put “GOD” back in America !!!
3. Borders: Closed or tightly guarded!
4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else.
5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
6. Language: English only!
7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!
9. Freebies: NONE to Non-Citizens!
10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.
12. Fix the TAX CODE!
And most of all.
13. “RESPECT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FLAG!!”
We the people are coming! Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%.
What will you do?
Teddy Had it so Right! Not Kennedy, But Roosevelt!
Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
DIGITAL UTTERANCES ? I Beg Your Pardon?
He responded by referring to the email as no more than “digital utterances”.
I take exception. Classified aerial photos and analysis are not digital utterances.
All Evidence Leads to Walter Peck In Colorado King Mine Disaster
Silverton, Colorado — On August 5, 2015, when trying to add a tap to the tailing pond for the mine, employees of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally destroyed the dam holding the pond back, spilling three million gallons of polluted mine waste water and tailings, including heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, and other elements, such as arsenic, into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River in Colorado.
Reports of an former EPA low level official from the EPA in the New York area had been sighted at the mine location.
Walter Peck was the EPA official who was concerned with the wild stories about the Ghostbusters generated by the media and the EPA wanted to assess the Ghostbusters’ operations for any possible environmental impact, such as the the presence of noxious, possibly hazardous waste chemicals created by the Storage facility that the Ghostbusters used to house their captured spirits. Peck met with Peter Venkman and things quickly became heated. Peck demanded to see the Containment Unit or he would back with a court order. Peter goaded him to get a court order and threatened to sue him for wrongful prosecution.
After Peter refused to allow him to tour the facility, Mr. Peck secured a cease and desist all commerce order, a seizure of premises and chattels, a ban on use of public utilities for unauthorized waste handlers, and a federal entry and inspection order to tour the facility. Peck declared the Ghostbusters were facing federal prosecution for at least half a dozen environmental violations. Under pure speculation and against both the firm warnings of the Ghostbusters and an attending Con Edison worker’s reticence against it, he had the grid shut down and released all the spirits back into the city. This caused a massive explosion in the process which he later claimed was the responsibility of the Ghostbusters. Egon Spengler did not take kindly to Peck’s accusation and lunged at him. The Ghostbusters were subsequently arrested.
Could it be that since the Federal Government, having a policy that when an employee violates law or breaks rules “they” are not fired but promoted and reassigned to obscure locations around the country, never to be seen again. This policy called “cover your ass” or “CYA” was adopted by all level of government years ago because if “you” were stupid enough to hire “them” your responsible for “them”. Since “you” hired them and “you” never make mistakes, it is probably better that “we” promote them.
This policy needs to be reviewed immediately. From top to b ottom, Federal, State, County and local government agencies and departments for years have “CYA” policies that have protected bad employees from dismissal. New york City Department of Education for example have what are called “rubber rooms” for pedifile teaches that can’t be fired due union rules. The Board of Education has created a special building where these former teachers report everyday so they can do no harm. They continue to receive their full pay until retirement.
# Dr. Josef Mengele and the National Socialist Party is alive and well in the left wing of the Democratic Party
#Keep your eye on the prize “Repeal Obama Care”
Memphis City Council Votes to Dig Up Grave
of Confederate General, Sell His Statue
On July 7 the Memphis City Council voted unanimously to exhume the body of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from its 110 year resting place and move it to another location.
The body of Forrest’s wife will be exhumed as well.
According to Local Memphis, the council voted to exhume Forrest’s remains from Health Sciences Park on Union Avenue. They plan to sell a statue of Forrest as well–they are thinking of “selling the statue to anyone who wants it.”
Forrest was a businessman who become wealthy in the cotton trade prior to the Civil War. He abandoned that to fight federal forces once the war commenced, eventually becoming a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army. He was known for waging brutal warfare against federal forces in Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Forrest family has made clear that they are “solidly opposed to digging up the graves and moving them any place.” They are opposed to moving the statue as well.
Some believe the Memphis City Council vote is another example of the anti-Confederacy hysteria that swept parts of the country after a photo surfaced of alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof posing with a Confederate flag. But city council member Janis Fullilove asked if the move has something to do with a rumored “$500 million [University of Tennessee] expansion” that would use the land where Forrest is currently buried.
Legal FIRESTORM Coming?
Memphis City Council Better Read Their
Own Laws Before Digging Up General
By: ARTICLE BY PAUL CLARK AND TANYA GRIMSLEY
After the story reported by Liberty Unyielding this week: Memphis City Council Votes To Dig Up Remains Of Confederate General, and wife we did a little researching and discovered that what the Memphis City Council just voted on is against multiple code and laws.
The Memphis City Council seems bent on creating a firestorm over the removal of all traces of General Nathan B. Forrest, CSA. They do this in the face of opposition from his descendants. The Forrest family has made clear that they are “solidly opposed to digging up the graves and moving them any place.” They are opposed to moving the statue as well. The council will also be in opposition with at least two applicable State laws.
One law deals with the functions of disinterment, requiring justifications and a judge’s approval:
Tennessee Code Annotated – Title 46. Cemeteries – Chapter 4. Termination of Use of Land as Cemetery
This chapter, which is enacted for the public welfare in the exercise of the police powers of the state of Tennessee, applies to any burial ground in the state of Tennessee, including any land owned or controlled by cemetery companies, which the court to which jurisdiction is given by this chapter finds, for any of the reasons hereinafter stated, is unsuitable for its use as such and as a resting place for the dead whose whole remains are buried therein, or the further use of which for such purposes the court finds, for any of such reasons, is inconsistent with due and proper reverence or respect for the memory of the dead or otherwise unsuitable for such purposes, the reasons being:
(1) The burial ground having been abandoned; or
(2) The burial ground being in a neglected or abandoned condition; or
(3) The existence of any conditions or activities about or near the burial ground which the court finds render the further use of same for the purposes aforementioned inconsistent with due and proper reverence or respect for the memory of the dead, or for any other reason unsuitable for such purposes.
The other is a State law protecting ALL war memorials in the State regardless of which war:
Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 12, relative to historic preservation.
(1) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate, or plaque which has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, the French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812, U.S.-Mexican War, the War Between the States, Spanish American War, the Mexican border period, World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya), Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War 1), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Persian Gulf War II), and is located on public property, may be relocated, removed, altered, renamed, rededicated, or otherwise disturbed.
(2) No statue, monument, memorial, nameplate, plaque, historic flag display, school, street, bridge, building, park, preserve, or reserve which has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, any historical military figure, historical military event, military organization, or military unit, and is located on public property, may be renamed or rededicated.
(Reported by Breitbart) There is also a further question of ulterior motives that have nothing to do with the Confederacy or Nathan Bedford Forrest. Some believe the Memphis City Council vote is another example of the anti-Confederacy hysteria that swept parts of the country after a photo surfaced of alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof posing with a Confederate flag. But city council member Janis Fullilove asked if the move has something to do with a rumored “$500 million [University of Tennessee] expansion” that would use the land where Forrest is currently buried.
What If the Illegals Left?
Somebody really did their homework on this one. Best on the subject to present date.
What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America?
I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, “Mexican Visitor’s Lament.”
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “Illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?”
Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?
So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.
It’s a good question… it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? The answers I found may surprise you!
In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.
In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchilds would move back “home,” mostly to Mexico. That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.
Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our gridlocked cities in Colorado. Denver’s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.
In Florida, 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America, the rule of law, and English.
In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.
If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home,’ the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.
No more push ‘1’ for Spanish or ‘2’ for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.
We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.
In cities like L.A., 20,000 members of the ’18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!
Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America’s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers an $8.7 trillion debt. $8.7 trillion debt!!!
At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country – brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders.
Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the ‘progressives’ on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases.
Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, in what the New York Times called, ‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.
The New York Times reported them to be America’s new ‘Third World’ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonials. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)
By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico. We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico. We already invite a million people into our country legally annually, more than all other countries combined. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation.
It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.
Here are 14 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:
1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens (that’s Billion with a ‘B’)
3. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!
5. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year.
7. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in t he US.
11. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border.
12. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.
13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.
14. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States!
Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR !
The Republican Party was Founded on July 6th, 1854.
The party was born of opposition to slavery. In 1820, the US Congress had agreed the Missouri Compromise, under which Missouri entered the Union as a slave state, but slavery was forbidden anywhere else in the Louisiana Purchase north of 36º 30’.
In 1854 the principle was threatened by the Kansas-Nebraska Act, under which the white inhabitants of the two territories were to decide by referendum whether slavery would be allowed there or not. There were numerous Americans in the northern states who disapproved of slavery, including many northern Whigs and Democrats as well as the Free Soilers, who had sprung from concern over the possible introduction of slavery in territory acquired from Mexico in the 1840s. With the slogan ‘Free soil, free speech, free labor and free men’, the Free Soil Party had run Martin Van Buren unsuccessfully for president in 1848.
Free Soilers now joined Whigs and northern Democrats to form a new, completely northern political party. The original impetus came from impromptu ‘anti-Nebraska’ meetings in the north-western states of Wisconsin and Michigan to discuss what to do if the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed. The meetings were not only opposed to slavery, but demanded the opening up of the West by small homesteaders and the building of railroads. In February a gathering in Ripon, Wisconsin, resolved to form a new party and a local lawyer named Alvan E. Bovay suggested the name Republican for its echoes of Thomas Jefferson. In Michigan there were meetings in Kalamazoo, Jackson and Detroit, and after the Act had passed in May, the new party was formally founded in Jackson in July. A leading figure was Austin Blair, a Free Soiler lawyer who was prosecuting attorney of Jackson County. He helped to draft the new party’s platform, was elected to the state senate in Republican colours that year and would become governor of Michigan in
In Illinois meanwhile, another lawyer, a Whig named Abraham Lincoln, had come out against slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. In a speech at Peoria in October 1854 he said: ‘No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.’ He proclaimed that slavery was ‘a monstrous injustice’ and a breach of the Declaration of Independence and for a time he favoured transporting ex-slaves back to Africa. The new party quickly spread to the other northern states, where it displaced the Whigs as the principal opposition to the Democrats.
Slavery was not the only issue. Northerners often looked down on blacks, but dislike of slavery was part of belief in a United States in which every man was free to make himself a good life by his own efforts. Already in the 1854 elections the Republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives. Two years later the party ran its first presidential candidate, the celebrated western explorer John C. Fremont, who carried eleven states. The 1860 party convention in Chicago chose Lincoln as its candidate with Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, a former Democrat, as his running mate. The northern and southern wings of the Democratic Party ran rival candidates, which let the Republicans in with the electoral votes of all the northern states. From then until 1932, of seventeen presidential elections the Republicans lost only four, two each to Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. No new political party has won an American presidential election since 1860.
Between 1824-1924, the Democratic Party nominated one blatant racist after another. The southern wing was able to exercise veto power–2/3’s needed to nominate back then. In 1928, Al Smith (a Catholic) was nominated over southern objections. Between 1932-1944, FDR was heavily beholden unto the southern wing (1) for getting him nominated and (2) they controlled most of the congressional committees/subcommittees, but he opened the White House via the redoubtable Eleanor Roosevelt & blacks started voting Democratic in a big way by 1934.
In 1948, Truman desegregated the Armed Services by executive order, was renominated over near unanimous opposition from the south, and delivered a speech to an all black audience in Harlem (no president had ever done that before). In 1963-65, LBJ used his formidable powers of persuasion to convince congress to not only pass 2 land-mark bills, but shut off debate in the Senate.
Note: The founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, if judged by today’s standards would be less than a “gentleman”. He was a slave owner (as was most of the moneyed class in those days) and began the forced relocation of the native Americans known as the “Trail of Tears.” Once again we must view history through the prism of its own time, not ours.
Why the Marine Hymn Contains the
Verse ‘to the shores of Tripoli ‘
In photo: Let’s take this guys bow and arrow and give him a “NUKE”.
Muslim pirates of the past: Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!
At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic.
They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.
Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nation of Tripoli , Tunis , Morocco , and Algiers (collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast) and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic .
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain .
When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France . However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Beginning in 1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America‘s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations, who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force
the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.
Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.
Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States . Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.
Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.
He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to ‘cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify’.
When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli .
The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line ‘to the shores of Tripoli’ in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as ‘leathernecks’ for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States .
This should bother every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities.
Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah. Public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the newspapers.
It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America . By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.
Why? Because the St. Lucie Inlet is at
the East End of the Cross Florida Canal
Stuart — Customs Update – it appears that Commissioner Scott has been bombarded by calls and emails regarding her vote yesterday – Seems lots of people are fired up. Good….nice to see some “passion” for what they believe in. Not that it could change anything but please contact her via phone or email and let her know how you feel regarding her vote – (And in all fairness to the opposition….call or email her if you supported her vote). Martin County is the only county in the state of Florida where this concept will work – why? Because the St. Lucie Inlet is at the east end of the Cross Florida Canal – thousands of Boaters each year pass through the ditch on their way to and from the Bahamas and cross our “front door”. And, the BOCC recently raised the BED TAX a 5th cent for inlet and beach maintenance – you would think that they would want more visitors coming here to raise more $$$$ – Opinions are welcome.
Hard to believe “We Are The World” is 30 years old.
I can remember channel surfing and coming across a “Phil Danahue” show with Dione Warwick and others speaking about a magical evening after the Grammy’s of 1985 where a bunch of recipients went over to Labrea Ave. where A&M records was at the time and met Quincy Jones to come together and create. Create for a cause. Living in Ohio at the time and the Phil Donahue program, a production from WLWD Dayton, I had seen much of the show since 1973’ish. This by far was the best.
We have lost so many of our most outstanding talents for so many reasons. Ray Charles and Michael Jackson to name a few.
However, those loses are not the reasons for my sadness. 30 years ago we all came together as a civilization to help people in need due to a natural disaster occurring in Ethiopia. That warms my heart.
What makes me sad is that we have sunken into a worldwide pit of darkness, not seen for 800 hundred years.
Those of you who know me, I am the eternal optimist. “There has to be a better way!”
I am not going to reproduce the article here I am simply going to link to it.
Remember we are the world and we can make it a better place.
Valerie Ann Mulder Foerster and Rob Renieri
(Irish Luck) I want this back. It DOES work. His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.
Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. ‘I want to repay you,’ said the nobleman. ‘You saved my son’s life.’ ‘No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,’ the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.
‘Is that your son?’ the nobleman asked. ‘Yes,’ the farmer replied proudly.
‘I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.’ And that he did. Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill … His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill Someone once said: What goes around comes around. Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s Heaven on Earth. It’s National Friendship Week.
Send this to everyone you consider A FRIEND. Pass this on and brighten some ones day. AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH: I hope it works… May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
And may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you’re dead.. OK, this is what you have to do… Send this to all of your friends. But – you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it! Now…..Make A wish!!
I hope you made your wish! Now then, if you send to: 1 person — your wish will be granted in 1 year 3 people — 6 months 5 people — 3 months 6 people — 1 month 7 people — 2 weeks 8 people — 1 week 9 people — 5 days 10 people — 3 days 12 people — 2 days 15 people — 1 day 20 people — 3 hours If you delete this after you read it, you will have 1 year of bad luck! But, if you send it to 2 of your friends, you will automatically have 3 years good luck!!!
THIS IS SURE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!!
THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE
GOVERNMENT’S CALCULATION OF AVAILABLE SOCIAL SECURITY IS THEY FORGOT
TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER COLLECTED A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK!!!
WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?
If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500.
Read that again.
Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?
We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and Me that we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government.
Now they are calling the money we put in an entitlement when we reach the age to take it back.
If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows).
After 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit!
If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON
HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME
THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID.
Entitlement my foot; I paid cash for my social security insurance!
Just because they borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make my benefits some
Kind of charity or handout!!
Remember Congressional benefits?
� free healthcare,
� outrageous retirement packages,
� 67 paid holidays,
� three weeks paid vacation,
� unlimited paid sick days.
Now that’s welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments entitlements?
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for
It all our working lives, and now, when it’s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money.
Why did the government borrow from it in the first place?
It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the general fund.
Sad isn’t it?
Johnathan Gruber, “YOU ARE STUPID!”
We live in a representative democracy. Mr. Gruber, that means that we decided a long time ago we would never have the ability to do what we do and govern ourselves. So we decided to elect people who are smarter than we are to do the governing for us.
By your actions as described only by you, YOU think you have put one over on we the “stupid masses. NOT TRUE! What you have done is fool only those in Congress who voted for this mess.
If you check the record, to my best recollection not one Republican voted for the “ACA” (Obama Care). Therefore the only stupid American people that are by demonstration, “stupid” are the Democratic representatives in the House and Senate who actually voted for your self-admitted deception.
The only solution is repeal and start over.
War On Christianity? Here’s a solution!
Anyone who knows me, if I showed up at church the walls would crack and the stained glass would shatter.
After scoring his first career touchdown in a Fort Myers High School football game, senior tight end Sam Turner celebrated by raising his hands to the sky in honor of a dead teammate, then kneeling and bowing his head in prayer.
For the brief celebration, he was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the referee, which has left many upset.
“Sam never meant to draw attention to himself”, Bob Turner (Sam’s Dad) said, noting that the entire prayer only lasted a few seconds.
Turner acknowledged the referee was just trying to enforce the rules, and the Florida High School Athletic Association, the South Gulf Football Officials Association, the school’s principal and football coach all agreed that the referee made the right call.
“It’s a judgment call,” a FHSAA spokesman said. “The penalty is not because he prayed. It’s because the official determined he was trying to focus attention on himself and that’s the bigger issue in the official’s viewpoint.”
Turner concluded that Christians are called to fight for justice and against oppression.
“We’re fighting for the right to pray, but the biggest oppression was the death of Sam’s teammate in a drive-by shooting.”
Each Florida High School coach needs to designate a “prayer player”. There would be a “prayer player” on every team. The “Prayer player’s” job is to keep an eye on the other team looking for the opposition team praying. Probably in the end zone because that is where praying get’s you a penalty.
When a player from either team feels the need to pray….for whatever reason the designated prayer player falls in line in the end zone and prays.
Now when the ref feels it his or her obligation to enforce the rule, you have one player from each team being penalized therefore offsetting penalties. No harm, No foul. Done!
Take that “Florida High School Athletic Association” and the South Gulf Football Officials Association.
We all want to “pray” by the rules
“Compelled To Weigh In On “All Aboard Florida”
Having looked over the 522-page report by consultants commissioned by the Florida East Coast Railroad, I am compelled to weigh in on All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) plan, which provides more questions than answers.
The first of dozens of reasons against the AAF proposal is the Federal Government should not finance a private venture that will not succeed and leave tax payers paying the bill. No one will ride this train between Orlando and Miami when you can rent a car and get there cheaper and faster. We already have the cheap train Amtrak offers from Orlando to Miami for $43 and it takes five hours with a nice view of central Florida – probably in a rail car all to yourself.
If it costs $100 per person, what family of four is going to spend $400 to take the train from Maim to Orlando when they can rent a car, get there quicker at a fraction of the cost.?
It makes perfect sense for you to finance a real bullet train – like the ones they use in China – in the Turnpike right of way as originally proposed. The Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects unanimously agreed that no high speed rail should run through the downtowns of all the cities from Sebastian to Tequesta. The western route is the only possibility to spare the destruction of the communities affected by the current proposal. A real bullet train makes sense, and it would be much faster than 110 mph. People will ride it. It might not initially pay for itself, but it would be infrastructure in place for years to come. That was the original plan for the bullet train when voters approved it by constitutional amendment.
Sad to say, but AAF is little more than an attempt to scam the Federal Railroad Adminstration into subsidizing expansion of FEC Railway lines to accommodate cargo coming through the Panama Canal for the newer, deeper South Florida ports. Let them find private investors to pay for their additional tracks and improvements. If the numbers are there, investors will come. Please don’t allow AAF to sucker the Federal Government into financing a project that has no chance of success. We have yet to see a feasible ridership study to justify this $1.6 billion in tax payer money.
Before the Federal Railroad Administration approves any financing of All Aboard Florida as currently proposed, you must consider the devastating impacts to property values 4,711 waterfront property owners west of the Stuart FEC Crossing at the St. Lucie River. They live along the North and South Forks of the St. Lucie River and their property values are a direct function of their ocean access. If the railroad bridge is only open for boats less than 20 minutes per hour – based on current freight trains and the 32 proposed passenger trains during daylight hours – then the traffic jam of boaters trying to go boating will be a serious danger to navigation to and from the St. Lucie Canal, which connects to Fort Myers and the Gulf of Mexico. There are also thousands of St. Lucie County boaters who won’t be able to go to the Gulf or enjoy the South and North Forks of the St. Lucie River. There are plenty of tales of 40-minute waits in heavy currents for the Stuart railroad bridge to go back up and again allow boater
traffic to go east or west.
The same is true for thousands of waterfront property owners west of the much lower railroad bridge in Tequesta. For unknown reasons, this ill-advised proposal does not include an additional rail crossing at the St. Lucie, Loxahatchee or Miami Rivers. These are obvious choke points for rail and boating traffic. The choke point in Stuart is just minutes away from the St. Lucie Inlet where boaters can reach the Atlantic Ocean after crossing the state from the Gulf of Mexico in Fort Myers.
The last argument against any federal money for AAF is the damage that will be done to the small towns in the wake of this shameful attempt to push this through against the opposition of virtually every citizen from Sebastian to Tequesta.
Officials from Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties are extremely concerned about the negative impact on emergency vehicles in life threatening situations. And They will tell you people will die if this project is approved.
This is not the route for “allegedly” high speed rail as proposed and please don’t give them money to wreck our way of life and destroy our property values.
The Definition Of The Word Conundrum Is:
Something That is Puzzling or Confusing
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.
And here’s another one worth considering…
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t. Think about it…..
and Last but not least,
3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.
Am I the only one missing something?
Immigration Reform, “Don’t Change The Narrative”
Thirty years ago President Regan compromised to get some kind, any kind of an immigration bill passed. That turned out to be a big mistake. There was never a commitment to control or secure the border and we are paying for that mistake now.
For the past thirty years a southern border has been leaking, or should I say gushing with illegal immigrants.
Those factions, and there are many are in favor of open borders. The most common faction on either side are the Democrats who see nothing but future Democratic voters, especially in Texas. The other faction has been big agriculture always looking for cheap labor.
The montra has been for the past decade, you can’t send back the illegals because their children remain here they were born here, they are citizens and it would be inhumane to break-up these families by sending the parents back.
Now we have, so far 40,000 children invading our country illegally since last October, and that’s a conservative count.
The factions objecting to sending these massive amounts of children back are shouting it would be inhumane to repatriate all these children because of the environment they have come from, even though their parents have remained in the country of origin.
It’s time to adopt the same narrative that has been used in the past. “It would be inhumane to keep these families apart.” Send them back!
Another good word that I’m sick of is ” unsustainable”. The massive amounts of children that are being sent into this country and sent all around to different states that may, or may not change the electoral college count in favor of Democrats is also “unsustainable”.
Let’s get real here, we don’t immigration reform. We simply need to enforce the laws we already have.
THE FALLEN 9000
British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by numerous volunteers, took to the beaches of Normandy with rakes and stencils in hand to etch 9,000 silhouettes representing fallen people into the sand.
Titled The Fallen 9000, the piece is meant as a stark visual reminder of the civilians,
Germans and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6, 1944 during WWII.
The original team consisted of 60 volunteers, but as word spread nearly 500 additional local residents arrived to help with the temporary installation that lasted only a few hours before being washed away by the tide.
Thanks to Nancy Reily for this submission
Some Words For Real Thought
Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.
Makes you wonder who is doing the math.
These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.
And here’s another one worth considering…
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t. Think about it…..
and Last but not least,
3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens.
What am I missing here?
History Lesson on Your Social Security Card
By: Dick Katenberger
Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (and some older ones) didn’t know this.
It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts.
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and Card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION was removed.
An old Social Security card with the “NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION” message.
Our Social Security Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
1) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary,
No longer Voluntary
2) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program, Now 7.65% On the first $90,000.
3) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,
No longer tax deductible
4) That the money the participants put in went to the Independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the General Operating Fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other
Government program, and, Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and spent.
5) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed.
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the mone y we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away — you may be interested in the following:
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Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the Independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the General Fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratically controlled House and Senate.
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Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
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Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S.
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Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants? (AND MY FAVORITE):
A: That’s right!
Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!
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Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!
And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will evolve. But it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to? Actions speak louder than bumper stickers.
History of Social Security; I Didn’t Write it!
Enough is enough. For the last several months I have received emails from hundreds of people either praising me or vilifying me with language not fit for polite company. With the quantity of trash talk we currently have in the movies and on television, you can tell I’m no spring chicken.
The fact is, I do not deserve either praise nor vilification. A number of months ago I received a copy of The History of Social Security, glanced at it and sent it to a couple of friends for their comments. One responded saying there were some errors in the piece. I thought that was the end of it.
A month or two later I started receiving emails from people all over the country. Someone had made me the author of the piece and along with my picture, posted it on the internet. Some thought the piece was great, but most chastised me severely saying “How can a gifted education writer be so stupid”, and that was one of the more civil comments, if you get my drift.
I have tried to refute the writing of the piece on the internet, but it seems to have taken on a life of its own. The last time I Googled “Dick Kantenberger, Social Security” I got over 10 pages. So it is what it is. You just have to question everything you read on the internet. I have tried to respond personally to every message I received; hopefully I did not miss anybody.
I recently received an email from a retired Professor in western Montana, certainly one of my favorites parts of the country. I won’t give her name because this came in a private message. She too had some questions and sent the article to her tax attorney for comment, and he or she graciously responded with concise answers. I will give you these answers at the end of this article.
Just to clear the matter up, here are the comments from the tax attorney:
1. FDR never promised that SS would be voluntary. Every worker was included with some exceptions, such as state and local employees, domestics, and employees of tax-exempt organizations.
2. The initial tax (lasting for the first 13 years) was 1% of the first $3,000 of wages (paid by both EE and ER). FDR never guaranteed that the tax or the wage base would never go up. Obviously both have because they proved so inadequate to pay benefits. The SS tax now is 6.2% (the balance of the 7.65% is Medicare and Disability Income) on the first $106,800, which adjusts annually for COLAs.
3. The SS taxes paid by employees never was deductible. The tax paid by employers always has been deductible.
4. The SS taxes always have been designated for the SS Trust Fund. But the funds always could be borrowed by the Fed government, which deposited promissory notes for the loans. I’ll forward you an interesting oped today about the right of the Fed govt to spend that money. But the money never has been “transferred” from the SS Trust Fund to the “General Fund.” It just has been borrowed and spent, with IOUs.
5. FDR never promised that forever the SS benefits never would be taxed. They weren’t taxed until reforms beginning the early 1980s, when the benefit structure threatened to collapse. These reforms were proposed by the Alan Greenspan Commission–a Republican–and while approved by a Democratic Congress (I think), Reagan signed on. Today, most beneficiaries continue to receive the payments tax-free. But a lot of us pay a tax on up to 85% of our benefits. The 85% figure assumes that the value of what we receive is partly attributed to our own contributions but mainly to employer contributions plus the increases in value compared to what we actually put it.
6. No “Political Party” took SS from the SS Trust Fund and put it in the general fund, because this never has been done.
7. No SS payments are “given” to immigrants. They must earn them through tax payments, like all of us. Your pal is probably confusing some welfare benefits.
Listen and Learn…. this could happen to you!
36 Signs The Media Is Lying To You About
How Radiation From Fukushima
Is Affecting The West Coast
The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this. What you are about to see is a collection of evidence that is quite startling. Taken collectively, this body of evidence shows that nuclear radiation from Fukushima is affecting sea life in the Pacific Ocean and animal life along the west coast of North America in some extraordinary ways. But the mainstream media continues to insist that we don’t have a thing to worry about. The mainstream media continues to insist that radiation levels in the Pacific and along the west coast are perfectly safe. Are they lying to us? Evaluate the evidence compiled below and come to your own conclusions.
#1 Independent researchers have measured alarmingly high levels of radiation on the beaches of the west coast. For example, the video posted below was taken on December 23rd, 2013 at Pacifica State Beach. As you can see in this video, radiation levels near the water are up to five times higher than normal background radiation…
#2 According to Oceanus Magazine, the total amount of cesium-137 that has been released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima is 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than the amount released into the oceans by the Chernobyl disaster or by the atmospheric nuclear weapons tests of the 1960s.
#3 Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur has admitted that while he was at MSNBC he was instructed not to warn the public about the radiation coming from Fukushima…
“I was on MSNBC at the time when this happened, I said, “Don’t trust what the Japanese government is saying, they’ll say trust what the electric power company is saying. Go, go, go, get outta there. Get as far away from that plant as you can. It’s literally a core meltdown.” And they always don’t want people to panic, so they were always like, “Oh it’s going to be okay.” […] I’m like, “You’re crazy man, don’t be anywhere near that reactor.” And I remember at the time, of course not at The Young Turks, but on cable news, people were like, “Hey Cenk, you know, I don’t know that you want to say that, because the official government position is that it’s safe.” Oh, is that the official government position? Now go explain that to the people who served on the USS Ronald Reagan.”
#4 71 U.S. sailors who assisted with the initial Fukushima relief efforts have developed serious diseases such as testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, Leukemia, “unremitting gynecological bleeding” and brain tumors since that time as a result of exposure to radiation coming from Fukushima.
#5 Something is causing starfish all along the west coast of the United States to literally disintegrate into piles of “white goo“…
Researchers say nuclear pollution from the 2011 earthquake in Japan that damaged the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant could be partially to blame for a disease wiping out starfish along the West Coast.
Dr. Peter Raimondi of the University of Santa Cruz says something is making starfish susceptible to whats believed to be a bacteria coined “Wasting Disease.” It essentially disintegrate the marine invertebrates into a white goo, after the starfish loses its legs.
#6 Bald eagles are dying in unprecedented numbers in Utah, and nobody can figure out why this is happening…
Bald eagles are dying in Utah — 20 in the past few weeks alone — and nobody can figure out why.
Hundreds of the majestic birds — many with wing spans of 7 feet or more — migrate here each winter, gathering along the Great Salt Lake and feasting on carp and other fish that swim in the nearby freshwater bays.
Earlier this month, however, hunters and farmers across five counties in northern and central Utah began finding the normally skittish raptors lying listless on the ground. Many suffered from seizures, head tremors and paralysis in the legs, feet and wings.
#7 Huge numbers of dead birds are dropping dead and washing up along the coastlines of Alaska. It is being reported that many of the carcases of the dead birds are “broken open and bleeding”.
#8 The recent deaths of thousands of birds in Oregon is absolutely baffling scientists.
#9 Something is causing large numbers of seals and walruses up in Alaska to lose hair and develop “oozing sores”.
#10 Substantial numbers of polar bears along the coast of Alaska are suffering from fur loss and open sores.
#11 There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline.
#12 The population of sockeye salmon along the coastlines of Alaska is at a “historic low”.
#13 Something is causing Pacific herring to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.
#14 Dangerous levels of cesium-137 have been discovered in mushrooms and berries grown along the west coast.
#15 According to an absolutely shocking report put out by the National Academy of Sciences, it has been proven that Pacific Bluefin tuna have transported radioactive material “across the entire North Pacific Ocean”…
“We report unequivocal evidence that Pacific Bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis, transported Fukushima-derived radionuclides across the entire North Pacific Ocean.”
#16 Something seems to be causing a substantial spike in the death rate for killer whales living off of the coast of British Columbia.
#17 Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.
#18 One test in California found that 15 out of 15 Bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.
#19 Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…
• 73 percent of the mackerel
• 91 percent of the halibut
• 92 percent of the sardines
• 93 percent of the tuna and eel
• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies
• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
#20 An EU-funded study concluded that Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the atmosphere.
#21 One very experienced Australian adventurer has stated that he felt as though “the ocean itself was dead” as he journeyed from Japan to San Francisco recently…
The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.
“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.
“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.
“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”
In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.
“Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look.”
#22 It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years.
#23 The deputy chairman of Russia’s State Duma Committee for Natural Resources, Maxim Shingarkin, says that seafood captured off the northwest coast of the United States is so radioactive that it represents a “danger for mankind”…
#24 According to one recent scientific report, radiation from Fukushima could affect our seafood for “many generations” and ultimately kill more than a million people…
This cycle will last for many generations, because of the food chain of fish and other marine fauna, and the radioactivity will be recycled and in fact the meat content will increase rather than decreasing by decay. Even if only one one-hundredth of the radioactivity (more than 1e15 Bq of CS137) were to enter this recirculation pattern, the collective whole body ingestion dose over many generations would exceed 1e7 Sv, sufficient to kill more than 1,000,000 people.
#25 The Japanese government has estimated that approximately 300 tons of highly radioactive water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility every single day.
#26 A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.
#27 According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.
#28 According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day.
#29 It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
#30 It has been estimated that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.
#31 The immense amount of radioactive material being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning…
“Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”
#32 The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly being released from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living in the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Just consider what Harvey Wasserman had to say about this…
Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.
Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.
Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.
#33 Outdoor radiation levels at Fukushima recently hit a new all-time high.
#34 According to the Wall Street Journal, it is being projected that the cleanup of Fukushima could take up to 40 years to complete.
#35 Yale Professor Charles Perrow is warning that if the cleanup of Fukushima is not handled with 100% precision that humanity could be threatened “for thousands of years”…
“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.”
#36 There are very alarming reports that new “unexplained plumes of radioactive steam” are rising at Fukushima. Japanese officials are not able to get inside and see what is causing these plumes. Some are speculating that the crisis at Fukushima just got a whole lot worse. The following is from a recent Ecologist article…
Unexplained plumes of radioactive steam have been rising from Fukushima’s Reactor Building 3, Could a major meltdown be on the way?
Fukushima’s Reactor Building 3 exploded on 13th March 2011 as a result of a hydrogen buildup, breaching the building’s containment and emitting a huge plume of radiation. The reactor itself is in meltdown.
And now fresh plumes of steam have been seen coming out the structure. These have now been confirmed by Tepco, the owner of the nuclear plant, from 19th December onwards. The company believes the steam is coming from the fifth floor of the building.
However it does not know the cause of the steam. Lethal levels of radiation and the physical damage to the structure have so far made entry and inspection impossible.
If a full-blown meltdown does happen at Fukushima, it would be an environmental disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in human history.
As we enter 2014, we are entering a time when the world is becoming increasingly unstable. The global economy is being shaken, political corruption is seemingly everywhere, evidence of advanced social decay is all around us and the earth itself is starting to groan and crack with increasingly regularity. But the mainstream media continues to insist that everything is going to be just fine. That is one of the reasons why I wrote my new novel. The American people deserve to hear the truth and be warned about the great challenges that are rapidly approaching.
In the end, millions upon millions of people could end up getting seriously ill as a result of all of this radiation coming from Fukushima. Most of them will never even know why they have gotten sick.
And if there is a major earthquake or a significant accident during the cleanup at Fukushima, we could actually see huge sections of Japan be evacuated permanently.
It would be hard to overstate just how serious all of this is. But you won’t hear about this from the mainstream media. Their story is that “everything is okay” and they are sticking to it.
Commission’s Annual Reorganization
.Every year at this time, the Commission elects new leadership and makes appointment of its members to various boards and agencies. Sarah Heard, who has done a superb job as chair this year (after being denied that opportunity for a decade), was re-elected chair at the Commission’s Nov. 19 meeting. Vice-Chair Ed Fielding was also re-elected.
.Commissioners Haddox and Fielding were appointed to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Haddox was also re-appointed to represent the Commission on the new Business Development Board (BDB), now to be slimmed down to 15 members. Fielding also wanted to serve on the BDB, and since each Commissioner will appoint a member to the BDB board, it was noted that Fielding could appoint himself.
.Sarah Heard observed that in years gone by, the Commission met almost every week, some 45 to 48 times annually. This past year it has met only 31 times, which has resulted in overly long sessions. People can’t think clearly about complex matters when an all-day session pushes into dinner time. So it was agreed to increase the number of meetings.
The long line of public speakers that we have seen at all recent Commission meetings was at the Nov. 19 meeting to advocate for withdrawal of Martin County from the SEVEN50 regional planning compact, now down to five counties. No speaker supported SEVEN50. We have received emails also requesting withdrawal – but not one saying we should stay in the plan. [See DEFENDER No. 356 for plan details.] The Commission needs to get on with it, perhaps scheduling a workshop as suggested by Commission Anne Scott. We hope that when it comes time for a vote, Commissioners Fielding and Smith, who have spoken favorably of SEVEN50, will see the light: Residents, ranging from liberal environmentalists to conservative property rights advocates, want to preserve our home rule and Comp Plan. To do so, we need to withdraw.
.BDB approves new County contract
.At its special meeting on Nov. 13, the Business Development Board (BSB) approved the Commission-approved version of the new three-year contract to replace the ten-year sweetheart deal of 2009. It had little choice. If it had failed to do so, the current Commission was prepared to bring the BDB’s business-support function in-house. A reformed BDB is a better solution.
.Supporters of the private Economic Council were not pleased to be limited to one member on the new 15-member Board of Directors. It previously had exercised considerable influence on BDB decisions. There were even reports that the Economic Council was hoping for funding by a BDB then awash with tax dollars.
Taxpayers Likely Losers In Martin County
Environmental-Attorney Shell Game
SUNSHINE STATE NEWS
By: Nancy Smith | Posted: December 2, 2013 3:55 AM
Most Martin County taxpayers have no idea what pocket-picking shenanigans are going on between a powerful clique of environmental attorneys and the County Commission majority.
It becomes an issue of state interest Tuesday, when the commission is due to discuss publicly whether to “forgive” Richard Grosso the money he owes Martin County taxpayers. Grosso, remember, is the environmental attorney ordered by the 1st District Court of Appeal to repay sanctions and court costs because he filed a frivolous appeal.
This was the December 2010 appeal of a 2009 case: Martin County Conservation Alliance and 1000 Friends of Florida Inc. v. Martin County, the now-defunct Florida Department of Community Affairs and two private companies.
Word at county hall is, forgiveness is imminent. If that’s true, it will make winners of those advised by the court to fold their hand but didn’t — and losers of Martin taxpayers, who, by the way, would end up lawyers’ patsies for the second time.
The case is more than an oddity. It’s virtually landmark stuff, striking a knockout blow to all who would raise “meritless appellate arguments on the chance they will ‘stick.’”
Why will so many in Martin County miss this agenda item when it finally comes up at Tuesday’s commission meeting? Because they’re supposed to. That’s the idea. It was attached as a supplemental memo to the previously posted commission agenda — slipped in during the busiest travel week of the year, Thanksgiving, and the first day of Hanukkah this year.
What’s more, the matter involves a violation of the spirit, if not the letter of Florida’s open-government law. County attorney Michael Durham used “attorney-client privilege” to arrange a behind-closed-doors meeting to discuss the results of “negotiations” with Grosso and his clients. Read Barbara Clowdus’ superb editorial, “Democracy Dies Behind Closed Doors,” in Martin County Currents.
Attorney-client privilege? Why? The suit is over. Grosso, the Conservation Alliance and 1000 Friends lost. Case over. Why would attorney-clients be afforded behind-closed-doors treatment at this point?
Bear with me while I tell you why.
In 2009 the commission majority voted to reduce the minimum lot size on 191,000 agricultural acres in western Martin County from 20 to 2 acres. The idea was to pave the way for clustered development, an avenue for saving green space and allowing rural property owners to trade large parcels for development credits.
That’s what Grosso and his clients didn’t like, and that’s why they sued. But that was a different commission majority in 2009. They were ideological light years away from the commission elected in 2012. In fact, four out of five of the current majority either were members of one of the organizations suing the county in 2009, or they professed during their election campaigns that their sympathies lay with the anti-clustered-development camp.
The new commission chair after the election was Sarah Heard, who gave her friend, environmental attorney Virginia Sherlock, a role in county government. In fact, some say unelected Sherlock, who provides commissioners with how-to-vote guidelines and gives orders even to the county administrator, is the most powerful force in Martin government.
Sherlock, her law partner Howard Heims, Martin County Conservation Alliance’s Donna Melzer and Grosso — environmental attorneys all — are friends; kindred spirits.
Sherlock, like Grosso, has been involved in many lawsuits against Martin County over the years, plain and simple.
On July 1, Sherlock wrote a four-page letter with attachments pleading Grosso’s case to Heard — copies to the rest of the commission, attorneys and the county administrator — to waive the DCA’s sanctions.
“Our elected officials should honor and respect citizen participation,” wrote Sherlock, “not seek to punish those who engage in the process to protect our comprehensive plan and our urban boundaries …”
That pretty much was the last the public heard of the court fees due back to Martin taxpayers — until the tucked-away agenda attachment on a busy week when most folks weren’t paying attention.
The people in power today — the people who serve on the County Commission right now — are the people who were suing the County Commission in 2009.
So there it is. Martin County is a shell-game of slow-growth and no-growth and lawyers who prey on its waterfront wealth.
Sadly, not everybody can look past their emotions and see that when you sue a county, you aren’t suing politicians you don’t like. You are suing taxpayers.
Why Obamacare Is A Fantastic Success
By Wayne Allyn Root
There are 2 major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naïve, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican. How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it. I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago (“The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide”), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that Obamacare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower healthcare costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy.
The GOP needs to stop calling Obamacare a “trainwreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT. This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism. It’s not a failure, it’s Obama’s grand success. It’s not a “trainwreck,” Obamacare is a suicide attack. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, to capitulate- so we agree under duress to accept big government.
Obama’s hero and mentor was Saul Alinsky- a radical Marxist intent on destroying capitalism. Alinksky’s stated advice was to call the other guy “a terrorist” to hide your own intensions. To scream that the other guy is “ruining America,” while you are the one actually plotting the destruction of America. To claim again and again…in every sentence of every speech…that you are “saving the middle class,” while you are busy wiping out the middle class.
The GOP is so stupid they can’t see it. There are no mistakes here. This is a planned purposeful attack. The tell-tale sign isn’t the disastrous start to Obamacare. Or the devastating effect the new taxes are having on the economy. Or the death of full-time jobs. Or the overwhelming debt. Or the dramatic increases in health insurance rates. Or the 70% of doctors now thinking of retiring- bringing on a healthcare crisis of unimaginable proportions. Forget all that.
The real sign that this is a purposeful attack upon capitalism is how many Obama administration members and Democratic Congressmen are openly calling Tea Party Republicans and anyone who wants to stop Obamacare “terrorists.” There’s the clue. Even the clueless GOP should be able to see that. They are calling the reasonable people…the patriots…the people who believe in the Constitution…the people who believe exactly what the Founding Fathers believed…the people who want to take power away from corrupt politicians who have put America $17 trillion in debt…terrorists?
That’s because they are Saul Alinsky-ing the GOP. The people trying to purposely hurt America, capitalism and the middle class…are calling the patriots by a terrible name to fool, confuse and distract the public.
Obamacare is a raving, rollicking, fantastic success. Stop calling it a failure. Here is what it was created to do. It is succeeding on all counts.
#1) Obamacare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream- redistribution of wealth. Rich people, small business owners, and the middle class are being robbed, so that the money can be redistributed to poor people (who vote Democrat). Think about it. If you’re rich or middle class, you now have to pay for your own healthcare costs (at much higher rates) AND 40 million other people’s costs too (through massive tax increases). So you’re stuck paying for both bills. You are left broke. Brilliant.
#2) Obamacare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.Think about it. Even Obama’s IRS predicts that health insurance for a typical American family by 2016 will be $20,000 per year. But how would middle class Americans pay that bill and have anything left for food or housing or living? People that make $40K, or $50K, or $60K can’t possibly hope to spend $20K on health insurance without becoming homeless. Bingo. That’s how you make middle class people dependent on government. That’s how you make everyone addicted to government checks. Brilliant.
#3) As a bonus, Obamacare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs. Why? Just to make sure the middle class is trapped, with no way out. Just to make sure no one has the $20,000 per year to pay for health insurance, thereby guaranteeing they become wards of the state. Brilliant.
#4) Obamacare is intended to bankrupt small business, and therefore starve donations to the GOP. Think about it. Do you know a small business owner? I know hundreds of them. Their rates are being doubled, tripled and quadrupled by Obamacare. Guess who writes 75% of the checks to Republican candidates and conservative causes? Small business. Even if a small business owner manages to survive, he or she certainly can’t write a big check to the GOP anymore. Money is the “mother’s milk” of politics. Without donations, a political party ceases to exist. Bingo. That’s the point of Obamacare. Obama is bankrupting his political opposition and drying up donations to the GOP. Brilliant.
#5) Obamacare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful. It adds thousands of new IRS agents. It puts the IRS in charge of overseeing 15% of the U.S. economy. The IRS has the right because of Obamacare to snoop into every aspect of your life, to go into your bank accounts, to fine you, to frighten you, to intimidate you. And Obama and his socialist cabal have access to your deepest medical secrets. By law your doctor has to ask your sexual history. That information is now in the hands of Obama and the IRS to blackmail GOP candidates into either not running, or supporting bigger government, or leaking the info and ruining your campaign. Or have you forgotten the IRS harassed, intimidated and persecuted critics of Obama and conservative groups? Now Obama hands the IRS even more power. Big Brother rules our lives. Brilliant.
#6) Obamacare is intended to unionize 15 million healthcare workers. That produces $15 billion in new union dues. That money goes to fund Democratic candidates and socialist causes- thereby guaranteeing Obama’s friends never lose another election, and Obama’s policies keep ruining capitalism and bankrupting business owners long after he’s out of office.
Message to the GOP: This isn’t a game. This isn’t tiddly-winks. This is a serious, purposeful attempt to highjack America and destroy capitalism. This isn’t a trainwreck. It’s purposeful suicide. It’s not failing, it’s working exactly according to plan. Obama knows what he’s doing. Stop apologizing and start fighting.
Oh and one more thing…Conservatives aren’t “terrorists.” We are patriots and saviors. We represent the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. We are the heroes and good guys. Unless you get all this through your thick skulls, America is lost…forever.
John Noble Self Portrait
Jack Demyan loved to tell the story of how he got this rare Noble lithograph, the self-portrait Noble was required to submit (it could be a self portrait or a portrait by another artist) upon his election to the National Academy of Design. He only made 20 impressions, and Jack wanted a copy badly, so Noble told him if there was ever a queue outside the John A. Noble Room at Demyan’s Hofbrau, the famous old watering hole on Van Duzer Street, he would give him one. A week later Jack called Noble to say, “Bring me that print!”
For those of you who may not know John Noble is one of my favorite artists. I have a somewhat unique collection of the native Staten Islander.
Below is my personal favorite.
Opt Out Of Google’s Invasion Of Your Privacy
Google wants to use your image and name in ads without compensating you. That is, unless you complete their simple opt-out procedure.
In the never-ending quest for revenue, the search giant has new terms of service going into effect November 11. And unless you make the right selection, Google will have the right to take your name, photo, and product reviews from your Google+ account and turn them into what they’re calling “shared endorsements.”
Let me say this first: This only matters if you have a Google+ account. If you only have a Gmail account, but not Google+, this does *not* pertain to you. And if you don’t have either and only use Google for search, you can definitely ignore this.
But if you are in the Google+ orbit, Google’s new shared endorsements policy means they can serve up custom ads that will go only to people they know to be your friends, family, and colleagues. Those ads will have your picture and words from you coupled with a promotional message for their paying advertisers. (Under the new TOS, those who are under 18 won’t have any of their material used in shared endorsements.)
Want to opt out of Google’s invasion of your privacy? To its credit, the company is making it very easy for you. You’re already opted in as a default, but just a single uncheck will prevent your online life from being fodder for commercial use. Once you’re signed into your Google+ account,
You Want Something From Me, I Want Something From You!
Throughout history we have had Presidents that are good at one but not the other, this President is good at neither.
He obviously wants to climb into a civil war in which we have not dog in the hunt. In fact a victory for either side is a loss for the U.S.A. In fact I believe that a strong case has been made that since our enemies are doing a great job of destroying each other, stay out!
The American people obviously want something; we want the “Affordable Care Act”, “ObamaCare”, to be eliminated.
Now we have the making of a good old political deal. We give you what you want and we get what we want. In my book since he was not born before 1957 I cannot blame his “I want it my way and I wanted it yesterday” attitude on his being a “Boomer”, he’s a millennial. The attitude is clear however. To us “War Babies” he’s just a lawyer.
So it’s time to turn to the art of the deal. I’ll vote for your attack on Syria and imbedded in the same resolution we overturns Obama Care. It’s a win all the way around. He gets to live up to his line in the sand and he gets to get out of a piece of legislation that he will be blamed for when it crashes before his eyes and he can say he did the deal for the country.
“Smartin-up” guys you’re supposed to be politicians get over it and do the deal.
A little Brain Exercise
School started last week and you may wondering, “what’s going on in our Florida schools.”
What are “Common Core State Standards”? Well they are not “State” standards at all. They are a battery of curriculum standards that come straight out of Washington, D.C.
The mission statement reads as follows: “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”
There are 2 (two) key elements in any learning program. The first is a comprehensive set of “clear and specific set of goals. For example: ‘I will learn how multiply three digit numbers by two digit numbers.” I believe you will agree that is clear and specific. However in that goal statement there is something missing although, you may think it is implied, it always was in the past, did you follow the correct process (algorithm) to get the Correct answer.
That brings us to the second element necessary in any quality learning program, accountability or did I get the correct answer? That’s one thing about Math, you either got it correct or you got it “WRONG”.
That’s the rub with “Common Core State Standards”, there is no accountability. If the question is 2+2=? And the student says “3”, Common Core State Standards teacher training takes over by explaining to the teacher that the teacher must give the student an opportunity to explain their answer. Subjectively the teacher evaluates the student response and if the student can defend the process (algorithm) even if the process the student used brings about a “WRONG” outcome (answer) the student gets the credit anyway because they tried. Does this sound familiar, it should. Does “there are no losers” sound familiar? For the past 40 (forty) we all have seen this in our children’s soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, etc. games, everyone gets a trophy!
Get right with the program folks, it’s your job to educate you kids, not governments job. When the teacher says, during conferences, “you need to stay out of the teaching” you will only confuse the child. Simply say you can do it the government way and we will do what works.
Now you ask, “what works?” I promise I will not leave you high and dry. That’s the glory of the internet. There is always someplace you can go. I am suggesting that you go Out2 KAHNacademy (.https://www.khanacademy.org/). A direct link is also available in the “Education” section in www.out2news.com/martincounty.
Their mission statement reads as follows: Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
I also suggest that you go Out2 a 60 Minutes segment giving you a brief history of Sal Kahn and how he came about changing the world through education.
What Kahn is doing is not new. I the late sixties I was involved with an effort called I.P.I. (Individualized Prescribed Instruction). Just to keep this local, former Martin County Superintendent Sarah Wilcox is I.P.I. certified. When children are moving though a curriculum at their own rate there are no boring classroom lectures, teachers are teaching. Students don’t need teachers until they run into a problem. That’s when the student raises their hand and says; “I have a problem”. The teacher is not administrating, the teacher is doing what they love to do…teach!
There is also something else you can do that is much more political and if you don’t think this is political please reconsider your thinking. You can sign a petition at http://sarasotagop.nationbuilder.com/oppose_common_core1
Everglades Measure Signed by Governor Scott
The Everglades measure signed by Governor Scott yesterday is landmark legislation and its passage is a milestone for environmental preservation in Florida.
Congratulations to our local legislative delegation, the Florida Legislature and all the stakeholders who played a role in its passage.
I’ve highlighted sections or the Associated press article that quotes Eric Draper of the Florida Audubon, his words speak volumes.
Martin County will see immediate benefits from the funding fought for by legislative delegation and particularly our Senator and Senate Appropriations Chair Joe Negron, it includes $5.5 million for partial construction of the C-44 discharge canal and spillway; $5 million for construction of the first increment of the C-44 storm water treatment area and $10 million for construction for an additional increment of the C-44 storm water treatment area.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a rebuke to those in the media and those advocacy organizations who took personal attacks at those working to negotiate passage of the Everglades Bill in its early stages. It would be nice to now give equal time praising those vilified earlier.
Like most things in life nothing good ever comes easy and those who fought so hard for this Everglades legislation and appropriation deserve our kudos and accolades.
Is It Fair?
On May 16th, in our Council update, I reported that the ” Florida Supreme Court declines to hear case involving sanctions filed by 1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance against Martin County.” (read article here)
May 24th, attorney Ginny Sherlock sent this letter to the Board of County Commission requesting that they “waive the attorney fees and other sanctions” imposed on the Conservative Alliance and 1000 Friends. This item will soon be on the agenda before the Board of County Commission.
If it is the wishes of the BOCC to waive the attorney fees and not apply other sanctions to the 1000 Friends of Florida and the Conservation Alliance…shouldn’t the BOCC be fair and do the same for the Business Development Board?
The Commission has recently demanded (May 9th) that the BDB reimburse the county for $50,699.00 in legal fees as a result of the County & the BDB defending themselves against a lawsuit filed by Sherlock. (Sherlock v. BDB & Martin County Case No. 10-1340CA.) By the way, this case was actually settled- not won by Ms. Sherlock.
Tammy Simoneau President & CEO
Is Dippy Dinkins To Blame For Sandi’s Destruction
Of Staten Island Coastline?
By: Dick Hall- Out2martincounty.com
I take you back to a kinder gentler time.
The Bush thew elder administration wanted to bring the soon to be retired Battleship Iowa to the Port of Staten Island. Specifically a coastal neighborhood “staleton”. You may remember the photo of the tanker aground after superstorm Sandi, Yup that’s Stapleton. How do I know you may ask, I grew up on Staten Island.
After numerous law suits and eco studies the go was given to complete the Port of Staten Island and what some may not remember what came with that battleship.
Frist the coastline of Staten Island was fnally going to be protected from storms such as Sandi. In 1953, ’54, and ’55 Hurricane Carol, Hazel and Diane battered my fragile island coastline. Nobody had any business living there anyway.
Fast forward 58 years and the coastal population has blown through the roof. Many now have no home and no hope.
President Regean originally proposed that along with the Battleship Iowa a complete coastal reform would be undertaken. With “Gateway” a part of the U.S. Forest Service would administer the coastline for the future. The plan also included offering fair market value to all property owners in the storm/flood plane and relocate these individuals to safe higher ground. A coastal park would then be built surrounding the entire coastline of Staten Island, save coastal business’s Ship builders, repair yards, and marina’s, which would be exempt. Gateway has has a presence since the 60’s on Staten Island at the Great Kills location and has been a model for other Federal coastal projects.
In an article which appeared in the New York Times said at the time:
Dinkins Asks U.S. To Halt Development of S.I. Naval Port
By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: April 11, 1990
New York — Mayor David N. Dinkins has asked the United States Defense Department to stop development of the Navy port that has brought one cruiser to Staten Island and may bring several other ships there.
The Mayor sent a letter stating his opposition to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. Although the Dinkins administration’s disapproval cannot by itself block the project, it sends a clear signal to Congress, which is already questioning whether it should spend billions of dollars more on new ports.
Ten of the 12 members of the House of Representatives from New York City have already told Mr. Cheney in a letter that the strategic rationale for home ports is no longer compelling, given changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and budgetary constraints.
‘No Reasonable Justification’
”At a time when the Navy is closing facilities, reducing its fleet and realigning its forces, there appears to be no reasonable justification for the construction of six new home ports,” including one at Stapleton, Staten Island, the Congressman’s letter said.
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Back in the day there were those who referred to Mayor Dinkins as “Dippy Dinkins” I guess we now know why.
Those who do not pay attention to history are destined to repeat it. If we as tax payer allow these people to rebuild in these same storm/flood proned areas around the country we will be paying forever. By the way we had no reference to global climate change 58 years ago.
Nancy Reiley – Out2martincounty.com – contributor
Don’t Surprise Me!
By: Nancy Reiley – Out2martincounty.com – contributor
A story for what ever you make of it.
You can’t make this stuff up. Read the NY Times Oct 13, 2011 to verify ownership. Do you know the park in NYC that the Wall Street protesters occupied? It’s Zuccotti Park . Did you know this park is NOT owned by the city of New York ? It’s owned by Brookfield Properties.
Brookfield Asset Management received an Obama Department of Energy Loan guarantee of over $160 million within 10 days of approving the take over of the Park.
Brookfield is a Canadian company with assets of 70 billion. Google it It’s all on their website – and WHY is the US Taxpayer guaranteeing a loan to a VERY wealthy Canadian company?!?!
Who was just hired by Brookfield Properties as an attorney? Vice President Joe Biden’s son. Who sits on the board of Brookfield Properties?
NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s live in girlfriend. Now, guess what company just received some of the last of the Obama Stimulus $.
Thaaaaaaaaaaaat’s right, Brookfield Properties. (a Canadian Corp)
Isn’t life great in America !
Now, guess what, on a completely unrelated note? Wisconsin is shaping up to be the swing state in the 2012 presidential elections. Not Florida . Not Ohio . But Wisconsin. Now, guess who owns the company that will be tabulating all the electronic votes in Wisconsin .
Thaaaaaaaaaaaat’s right, the biggest contributor to Obama, the puppeteer George Soros. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat a coincidence! And now for your quick refresher in World History: Remember what Stalin said. “He who votes does not have the power. He who counts the votes has the power”.
Now, guess what, on a completely unrelated note? Wisconsin is shaping up to be the swing state in the 2012 presidential elections. Not Florida . Not Ohio . But Wisconsin .
Now, guess who owns the company that will be tabulating all the electronic votes in Wisconsin .
Thaaaaaaaaaaaat’s right, the biggest contributor to Obama, the puppeteer George Soros. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat a coincidence!
And now for your quick refresher in World History:
Remember what Stalin said. “He who votes does not have the power.
He who counts the votes has the power”.