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Florida Dem congressman gets high Marx: We’ve proved Communism works

by Doug Powers on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

This is article 19 of 27 in the topic 2014 Elections

If “we’ve proved that Communism works” doesn’t appear quickly in a GOP ad against Florida Dem. Rep. Joe Garcia, they’re doing it wrong:

“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”

“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

If he loses in November, his own show on MSNBC awaits.

For the record, I don’t really know what the hell he’s talking about, but who cares — awesome ad material. Get on it, GOP! The only potential downside is that it might win him a few extra progressive votes.

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Black Pastor says Stand Your Ground laws help blacks

by John Lott on Monday, May 5th, 2014

This is article 525 of 544 in the topic Gun Rights
Even in Florida, some people are making sense on Stand Your Ground laws.  Blacks are more likely to be victims of violent crime and it is hardly surprising that they benefit the most from these laws, but it is something that has been ignored.  Opponents point to the fact that people who kill blacks under SYG laws are less likely to be convicted, but they ignore the fact that almost everyone shooting these blacks are other blacks.  The way I view it is that you have innocent victim blacks who are being attacked by criminals who are fortunately able to successfully defend themselves.  This is argument finally being made by some blacks in Florida.  From Channel 4 in Jacksonville, Florida:

In the wake of the shooting deaths of unarmed teenagers Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin groups of protesters have been calling for change to the controversial stand your ground law.
A stand-your-ground law is separate from traditional self-defense. The law gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement retreat from a dangerous situation.
Kenneth Adkins, Reverend of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship in Brunswick told Channel 4 that calling the law discriminatory against African Americans is false; Atkins said more often than not, the law actually helps African Americans.
“The majority of the people who have benefited from the stand your ground laws have been African American.” said Adkins.
Adkins points to a Tampa Bay Times investigation done in 2012,  that showed a significant number of African Americans in Florida used the stand your ground defense successfully.
“Why don’t people who don’t like stand your ground? Talk to the people who have benefited from stand your ground,” suggested Adkins. “If it had not been for Stand Your Ground 24 African American families in the state of Florida, their loved one would have been in jail,” said Adkins. . . .

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Two Latino crime gang members indicted for murder, racketeering

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, May 4th, 2014

This is article 323 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

Two members of the Latino crime gang, the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation, in Miami, Fla., were indicted on Friday for their alleged participation in a murder conspiracy in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Although the indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2014, it wasn’t unsealed by the prosecution until Friday. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida is charging Miami residents Jose Herrera, a/k/a “Spyro,” and Lionel Carrera, a/k/a “Leo,” with murder in aid of racketeering activity.

The 27-year-old Herrera and 25-year-old Carrera were both arrested by the FBI with the help of police departments from Miami, Chicago and Merrillville, Ind., on Friday.

The federal indictment accuses Herrera and Carrera of participating in the murder of Hockynson Sanchez, a/k/a “Jaxx,” on Nov. 20, 2007, for the purpose of maintaining and increasing their position in the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation.

According to the FBI, the Almighty Imperial Gangsters Nation is a powerful and ruthless organized-crime street gang that originally surfaced in northwest Chicago and eventually moved into other parts of the United States, including South Florida.

The Members and associates of the Latino gang allegedly commit numerous violent crimes such as murders, attempted murders, and aggravated assaults, as part of their narcotics distribution business and other criminal enterprises.

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SOME DOGS ARE NICER THAN OTHERS

by Burt Prelutsky on Friday, April 4th, 2014

When my dog Angel and I take off on her two daily constitutionals, we merely circle the block. Under normal circumstances, it would only take me about 10 minutes. Instead, it usually requires half an hour. That’s because Angel needs to stop and sniff just about every bush, tree, wall and fire hydrant, we pass. It was driving me nuts until I realized that my email is her peemail, and God knows I spend far more time dealing with mine. I suspect in the dog world, it’s regarded as all the news that’s fit to spritz.

Also, having recently debuted my new webcast (Wednesday from 1-1:50 P.M., at K4HD.com), it occurred to me that as much as I hate speaking on the phone, I enjoy speaking into my mic. The difference, I’ve decided, is that I’m prepared to speak to the callers. That’s why I’m sitting there, whereas when my phone rings, it’s interrupting whatever I may be doing with its shrill and incessant demand to be answered. Furthermore, when I’m doing my show, nobody is calling trying to sell me a loan, a renovated kitchen or, worst of all, a politician.

In case you missed it, 13 is now a lucky number. At least if you’re a conservative, it is. At the risk of offending grammarians, it was in Florida’s 13th congressional district that Jolly sank Sink. In spite of Alex Sink outspending David Jolly 4-1 and in spite of Joe Biden and Bill Clinton coming down to campaign for her, Ms. Sink lost because whereas Jolly called for an end to ObamaCare, she hedged her bet and suggested it merely be mended.

On the downside, Jolly defeated Sink by less than 2%, thanks to the Libertarian candidate drawing off nearly 5% of the vote. Who are these loons? They know they have no chance of winning the election, but they prefer risking that Nancy Pelosi will be one vote closer to having a majority in the House just so they can cast a symbolic vote that really only symbolizes their stupidity. They can’t even command spoiler status because nobody actually knows which side they might have supported if they hadn’t foolishly squandered their precious votes.

In the aftermath, the head of the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, pretended the election went off as predicted because the district had been represented by a Republican for many years, ignoring the fact that things had changed in the 13th, thanks to so many liberals having moved south from New York. On top of that, Obama had twice carried the district and, what’s more, the Democrats blew a whopping $12 million in a losing cause.

Obama, in his latest awkward attempt to bribe voters to ignore ObamaCare and his various scandals, has used his pen to provide overtime pay for federal employees. At least, it’s not something that will put more money in the pocket of the laziest man who has ever sat in the Oval Office. Unlike millions of Americans who only get to work 29 hours a week because they can’t get fulltime jobs, Obama regards a 29-hour work week as a personal hardship.

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Florida woman loses her job because she brought her permitted concealed handgun into the workplace

by John Lott on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

This is article 515 of 544 in the topic Gun Rights
I can definitely understand Ivette Ros wanting to keep her gun with her at all times for safety reasons.  That said, I don’t know the case law here and I haven’t read the statute.  There is a view poll at the website.  From Channel 9 TV in Tampa, Florida:

Single mother Ivette Ros doesn’t go anywhere without her gun.But the 37-year-old lost her job as a bank manager for bringing her gun to work at a Wells Fargo branch in Oldsmar.

“When we take our course for concealed weapons licenses, they do state the bank is a place we can take your weapon to, so I never thought otherwise until I was being questioned,” she said.

Ros doesn’t know who found out she was packing or how they found out, but she says bank security questioned her about the gun she was carrying. She says she was fired three days later.

Now she and her lawyer have filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

“What she did was within her constitutional rights,” Second Amendment attorney Noel Flasterstein said. “What they did was a violation of Florida statute. Hence we have the suit, hence we’ll move forward.”

While Wells Fargo wouldn’t comment specifically on Ros’ case, spokeswoman Kathy Harrison released a written statement:

“We have a policy regarding firearms which is that employees are strictly prohibited from possessing firearms and weapons on company premises. However, Wells Fargo recognizes applicable state laws regarding guns in employer parking lots.” . . .

From reading the story, I wonder how clear the policy was to Ms. Ros and other workers.  Still, even if one disagrees with the company’s decision, there is still a benefit from letting private property owners determine what they want to do on their own property.  If enough workers feel the way Ms. Ros does, it would force the company to change its policy.

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Cops endorse legislation to stop federal gun grabbing laws and agencies

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

This is article 504 of 544 in the topic Gun Rights

The campaign to stop federal violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment at the state and local level got two big boosts with the introduction of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Arizona and an important police endorsement for a similar bill pending in Florida, according to press statement released on Monday by a national think-tank based in Los Angeles, Calif.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, Florida’s HB733 picked up the endorsement of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Sheriff Richard Mack founded CSPOA and he’s a former sheriff in Arizona.

The highly-decorated law enforcement chief said his organization supports the Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act, and he would like to see every state in the Union take the same path.

“This bill is one more needed action in the growing movement to return the powers not expressly given to the federal government back to the States and the People, according to the Constitution. We are in league with this legislation, and we encourage every state to enact similar laws,” Mack stated.

CSPOA is in the process of communicating it’s support to legislatures throughout the country, according to Rick Dalton, CSPOA legislative liaison. “Our members are on the front lines and this kind of law will aid us in standing firm in defense of the rights of the people we serve,” said he said.

Eugene Morrissey, also a retired police commander, told the Examiner that he believes this is a step in the right direction for states seeking to articulate their sovereignty. “We have finally been visibly confronted with a federal government in the throes of lawlessness. The current White House has little regard for constitutional law and even less regard for American citizens,” said Chief Morrissey.

“Obama told Americans ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’ but we discovered that was a lie. He’s also claimed he is not seeking to take Americans’ guns away, but we know he and his attorney general are chomping at the bit to grab those weapons,” Morrissey added.

CSPOA just held a conference last week in Las Vegas where all those present signed a resolution putting the federal government on notice that lawless and unconstitutional federal activities will not be tolerated where its members have jurisdiction.

In fact, a police commanding officer in New Mexico returned to his office after attending the conference in Las Vegas to find he was placed on “administrative leave” by political leaders in his jurisdiction, according to an Examiner news story.

Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Police Chief Shane Harger was arbitrarily terminated, in part, for his participation in a conference of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) in Las Vegas one week ago, according to the Examiner.

Along with eight other sponsors, Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB 1294 declares all federal regulations violating the Second Amendment “invalid and void in this state.” It also prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”

“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said.

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Student with handgun stored in his car defends himself from an attack by two men at Eastern Florida State College

by John Lott on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

This is article 500 of 544 in the topic Gun Rights
Only recently have students with concealed handgun permits been able to store their guns in their cars on college campuses in Florida.  Well, it looks like we have a case where a student has been able to use a gun to defend himself from an attack.  From a news release by Eastern Florida State College:

One person was shot today and a second injured on the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College following a fight between a student and two men.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the campus parking lot when a student who was in his car was approached by two men who pulled up in another vehicle.

One of the men got out of the car and began beating the student with a pool cue. The student pulled a handgun from his car, shooting and wounding the man in the chest.
Campus Security officers were on the scene within seconds and Palm Bay Police arrived about one minute later, securing the area.

The shooting victim and injured student were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The student was later released and the shooting victim was listed in stable condition.

The student has been identified as Landrick Hamilton, 24, of Palm Bay. Hamilton has been a full time student at the college since 2013 studying chemical technology. . . .

As expected, the university overreacted to the presence of a gun on the campus, placing the school on lockdown and canceling classes for the rest of the week.  Nor does it appear that the college understands the full import of the recent state court decisions regarding guns on campuses.

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Percent of Adult Population with concealed handgun permits in Florida, with one county having about 18% of population with permits

by John Lott on Sunday, December 29th, 2013

This is article 496 of 544 in the topic Gun Rights
The number of permits issued for Florida is from November 30, 2013.  1,045,551 Floridians have concealed handgun permits, that is almost 7 percent of Florida’s adult population.  Santa Rosa is the 30th largest of Florida’s 67 counties.  It has 17.7% of adults with permits.  That makes committing a violent crime in Santa Rosa a lot more dangerous.
While I don’t put much weight on purely cross-sectional data, Santa Rosa may be somewhat more populous than the median country, but it has the third lowest violent crime rate (157.7 per 100,000).  That is much lower than the rate for the rest of the state.  The average rate across counties was 418.3 and the median was 363.8.  Indeed, its violent crime rate was very similar to the rates in the two less populous counties that that had lower violent crime rates.
WUFT has also done a study relating permit issuing rate and Stand Your Ground cases, but they can’t find a correlation between the two.

A county-by-county analysis of concealed weapons permit ownership shows no correlation between the two. When the eligible population for permit ownership is compared to the county’s population, the counties with the most dominant permit ownership are clustered in the northern part of the state.

Conversely, the counties with the most stand your ground cases are clustered in the southern part of the state.

WUFT reached a close approximation of the eligible population by calculating the population over 20 in each county (you must be 21 to obtain a permit, but neither the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services nor the Census Bureau report the over 21 population) and by subtracting each county’s inmates.

The result shows that Dixie County has the most permits with 15 percent of its eligible population owning a license, followed by Okaloosa County with 12.3 percent and Jackson County with 11.4 percent. . . .

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The Mile High Flub: Air Force to Fly Congress to Florida for Funeral

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This is article 502 of 520 in the topic Government Spending

I have no problem with the day off to go to the funeral (any day Congress is gone is a win for America), but the extent of taxpayer involvement should be giving them directions to the nearest airport at most.

From the Washington Times:

Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.
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After passing a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government, the Senate went on an 11-day vacation. The House was slated to be in Tuesday evening through Thursday but will now just be in for a day and a half, with the chief business a vote on a public works legislation.

House officials told lawmakers to be ready to leave Washington from Joint Base Andrews early Thursday to make the funeral in Largo, Fla., and then plan to return late in the evening.

A Pentagon spokesman couldn’t say how much it will cost to fly the members to Florida for the funeral.

Rumor has it the security detail has code-named the plane “Douche Force One.”

I think they’re planning to take the plane Pelosi used when she was Speaker:

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Absentee ballots and vote fraud in Florida, this provides a real example of the danger of absentee ballots

by John Lott on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This is article 360 of 369 in the topic Elections

From WSVN TV Channel 7 (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale):

A South Florida congressman’s former chief of staff received hugs and kisses from crying family members as he begins his first of 90 days behind bars.

Jeffrey Garcia surrendered himself in court, Monday, after pleading guilty to illegally requesting hundreds of absentee ballots on behalf of voters during the 2012 election. “It’s not about pure intent, it’s whether there was attempt to steal somebody’s vote, and they definitely did not do that, and there was no such intent,” said Garcia’s attorney, Henry Bell.

In all, Garcia pled guilty to one felony charge and three misdemeanors. Garcia could have faced up to eight years in prison. “He only said that he never intended and never did,” said Bell. “I think the facts show he actually didn’t manipulate anybody’s vote, interfere with anybody’s ballot. All they did was request the ballots. The way they did it was in violation of the applicable statutes, and that’s it.” . . .

Apparently this isn’t the first time that some Democrats thought that this was a good idea.    Control of the Pennsylvania state Senate actually once changed because of vote fraud involving absentee ballots.  From the New York Times in 1994:

Saying Philadelphia’s election system had collapsed under “a massive scheme” by Democrats to steal a State Senate election in November, a Federal judge today took the rare step of invalidating the vote and ordered the seat filled by the Republican candidate.

In making such a sweeping move, the judge, Clarence C. Newcomer of Federal District Court here, did for the Republicans what the election had not: enable them to regain control of the State Senate, which they lost two years ago.

Judge Newcomer ruled that the Democratic campaign of William G. Stinson had stolen the election from Bruce S. Marks in North Philadelphia’s Second Senatorial District through an elaborate fraud in which hundreds of residents were encouraged to vote by absentee ballot even though they had no legal reason — like a physical disability or a scheduled trip outside the city — to do so.

. . .  Democratic campaign workers forged absentee ballots. On many of the ballots, they used the names of people who were living in Puerto Rico or serving time in prison, and in one case, the voter had been dead for some time.

“Substantial evidence was presented establishing massive absentee ballot fraud, deception, intimidation, harassment and forgery,” Judge Newcomer wrote in a decision made public today. . . .

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