Posts Tagged ‘Central Florida’

Restaurant company tests limiting worker hours as Obamacare deadlines approach

by Doug Powers on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

This is article 346 of 686 in the topic Healthcare

The latest in the growing line of “workers hardest hit” stories as Obamacare is implemented:

In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.

Darden said the test is taking place in “a select number” of restaurants in four markets, including Central Florida, but would not give details. The company said there has been no decision made about expanding it.

In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are “just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care reform will have on our business. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the health care regulations and we simply do not have enough information to make any decisions at this time.”

If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.

Darden was among the many to receive an Obamacare waiver (after teaming up with FLOTUS and “Let’s Move”), but those waivers will obviously only go so far.

The Obamacare law defines “full time” as 30 hours per week. Darden said the goal in their “test” is to keep employees from exceeding 28 hours per week. What a surprise — who would have seen that coming?

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Polk Co., Florida, homeowner shoots, kills suspect who barged into home

by John Lott on Friday, June 1st, 2012

This is article 138 of 332 in the topic Criminal Activity

From WDBO radio in Central Florida:

Deputies say a Polk County homeowner shot and killed a suspect who barged into his home early Sunday morning.
Deputies and emergency crews were called to Lake Daisy Drive in Winter Haven around 4:00 a.m.
Officials say the incident started when a woman called 911 to report that an unknown man had broken into her back porch area. While en route to the woman’s home, deputies received a second 911 call from a neighbor, who said he had just shot a man who barged into his home.
Investigators quickly learned that both 911 callers were reporting the same man.
Officials say the suspect was yelling, banging on the door, and demanding to be let in. The suspect barged into the home when he was confronted by the homeowner, who was identified as 33-year-old William Cornwell. Deputies say Cornwell was armed with a handgun. . . .

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Obama heads to Disney World to push looser visa policies

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

This is article 237 of 455 in the topic Immigration

The White House is sending President Obama to a familiar place: the land of make-believe. He’ll be at Disney World on Thursday to push for relaxing tourist visa requirements in the name of boosting the economy.

From the Orlando Sentinel via William Amos:

President Barack Obama will visit Walt Disney World during a planned trip to Orlando on Thursday, according to a White House aide. There, he will “unveil a strategy that will significantly help boost tourism and travel,” the aide added.

Details on that strategy were not disclosed. But it would be hard for Obama to pick a locale that’s better known than Disney for a tourism announcement. The resort giant in Orlando has four theme parks that collectively draw more than 45 million visitors a year.

It doesn’t appear, however, that he’ll get much love from local politicians. Aides to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said the Florida Democrat was unlikely to attend because the office “got word too late” of the visit and had meetings planned in other parts of the state. And Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is scheduled to be in Washington that day for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

While the details of the announcement are still unknown, there’s one topic at the top of the political wish list for Central Florida’s tourism industry: Visa reform. The tourism industry has been pushing Congress and Obama to make it easier for visitors from emerging nations such as Brazil, India and China to come to the U.S. as tourists.

In Brazil, where citizens have a reputation for loving Orlando’s theme parks, there are four consulate offices to conduct the required in-person interviews for people who want a visa to visit the U.S. That means families could have to travel several hundred miles before they are even approved to travel to the U.S.

In case anyone needs reminding, it was the relentless drive of the tourism industry and kowtowing State Department bureaucrats that led to the Bush-era Visa Express program — which relaxed visa policies, eliminated in-person consulate interviews, and opened the door to the 9/11 hijackers.

Brazil, may I remind you, is just the latest base for al Qaeda and other Islamic jihadi groups; it “does not recognize Hizbollah or Hamas as terrorist groups and disbanded the Federal Police’s anti-terrorism service in 2009.”

We never learn, do we?

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Opening day: Tea Party Express V

by Lloyd Marcus on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

This is article 38 of 75 in the topic Tea Party

Mary and I left our home in Central Florida at 5am. We flew/traveled 12 hours to hook up with the Tea Party Express bus in Oakland, CA. After a quick shower and wardrobe change, we arrived in Napa, CA where I performed at the tour launching fund raising VIP gala.

Still on east coast time, I awoke at 5:30am for our 11am Napa Tea Party. Napa is absolutely beautiful. I do not drink. But, my wife Mary thoroughly enjoyed sampling the local wines.

I was excited to meet a young Christian band called “Remnant” who was the opening act before our Tea Party Express team took the stage. Check out “Remnant” on Youtube.

The beauty of our extraordinary Tea Party movement is We The People using our gifts and talents and following our passions; patriots doing their part to take back America.

One such patriot I met today at our Napa rally is author, Robin Bohr. Robin’s husband Mike got tired of her yelling at the TV. He suggested Robin write a book.

Robin penned, “Tea Party: American Revolution 2.0.” It is the compelling history of average Americans entering the political arena for the first time.

After Napa, we traveled three hours to do our rally in Sparks, Nevada. Then, we traveled three hours to Winnemucca, NV where we spent the night.

Our bodies still not totally on west coast time yet, we are on the bus headed to Elko, NV, our first rally of two today. Our second rally is in Salt Lake City, UT, four hours away. The mountains and spacious skies are breathtaking. I think I will sing, “America the Beautiful” at our Elko rally.

 

© Lloyd Marcus

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Florida Agency Spends $14,000 on Superhero Capes for the Unemployed

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This is article 92 of 522 in the topic Government Spending

“It’s a jobless bird… it’s an out of work plane… it’s — Super Unemployed Man!”

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida officials are investigating an unemployment agency that spent public money to give 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless.

Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on the red capes as part of its “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” public relations campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” who needs to be vanquished.

“Dr. Evil Unemployment” wouldn’t happen to be from Chicago and currently living in DC, would he?

Not only did taxpayers pay for the capes, but we’re paying people to think up these kinds of absolute embarrassments. What are the super-powers of Unemployed Man? The ability to leap well beyond 99 weeks in a single bound?

By the way, there actually is an “Unemployed Man,” and Florida might owe him a few dollars for swiping the idea:

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New Trend: Eco-capped Parking

by Doug Powers on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

This is article 33 of 95 in the topic Environmental

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I thought the whole idea about buying and driving hybrids was to save the planet from a horrific global warming fate, but the good news is that if you drive one, while you’re waiting for the planet to incinerate under several feet of snow, you might be able to park 50 feet closer to the mall:

An increasing number of Orlando buildings and venues are instituting front-row hybrid-only parking spaces in an attempt to earn “green” building status and reward car owners considered environmentally friendly. Places like the University of Central Florida, Ikea in South Orlando, and the Amway Center are just a few who are giving hybrid’s preferential treatment.

For now, the hybrid-only spots aren’t policed like a handicapped parking spot. But defenders are hoping the public will shame people into compliance.

“Right now this is a promotional thing, so I don‘t think we’re seeing enforcement,” Jon Ippel, the city of Orlando’s sustainability manager, told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s more peer pressure. Hopefully the evil eyes violators get will force them to comply.“ He went on to call the spots ”sustainable spaces.”

And if you’re pregnant, handicapped and driving a hybrid, they let you drive right in the front door.

If this catches on, I can see one possible up-side: It might prompt Al Gore to finally stop being a hypocrite and drive a Volt so he doesn’t have to haul his fat butt so far to get to the buffet (though I’m sure the hybrid-only spots contain built-in disclaimers that will allow Al Gore’s limo convoy to park in them).

But maybe this is just a roundabout way to force the physically disabled, pregnant and elderly to buy hybrids to boost the sales that so far aren’t there.

Side note of irony: What’s the least sustainable government job? “Sustainability Manager.”

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More evidence emerging that the Constitution supporters are considered threats

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Friday, December 24th, 2010

This is article 12 of 75 in the topic Tea Party

A report published today by Kurt Nimmo states that a Department of Homeland Security fusion center in Florida conducted surveillance on Ron Paul supporters and other political groups. A law enforcement sensitive bulletin dated 4 June 2010, issued by the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, identified  one event hosted by Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty that was subjected to official intelligence monitoring by that arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Nimmo notes that the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange was established with the assistance of an $850,000 Department of Homeland Security grant, which is your tax dollars at work. The center is specifically tasked with looking for terrorist leads.

As we detailed in our report dated 19 April 2009, over a year before the Ron Paul event and today’s article, we informed readers of the existence of a FBI directive issued in March, 2009 that tasked FBI field offices to collect specific times, dates and locations of TEA party and other similar patriotic events. A second directive was issued the following month directing domestic intelligence agencies to perform covert video surveillance and data collection of the participants of the TEA parties.  The directive instructed that surveillance was to be performed from “discreet fixed or mobile positions” and was to be performed “independently and outside of the purview of local law enforcement.”

We wrote at that time that we fully expected the government’s denial of the surveillance of the TEA Parties to “go viral” as soon as this story is posted. We were not disappointed, as U.S. government officials denied or declined to comment about any such surveillance conducted at the patriotic events as well as the directives behind the orders. Subsequent to the publication of our 2009 report, we have developed both direct and anecdotal evidence that traced the directives from the local FBI field offices to the DHS fusion centers, to the Holder Justice Department and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Ultimately, the orders to allocate important counterterrorism and intelligence assets away from the more logical threats of foreign nationals and Islamic terrorists has the imprimatur of the Obama administration and his cadre of national security advisors.

As we wrote in 2009, “the implications to the citizens of the U.S. are ominous. It seems that there is a hostile political agenda coming from Washington that characterizes the supporters of our constitutional freedoms as threats to our domestic security, which is totally absurd. The redirection, the refocusing of domestic threats from al Qaeda cells to ‘flag waving right-wingers’ is something that has gone from a murmur a few years ago to a roar today.”

It is disturbingly apparent that the agenda of this administration is to classify the American people who are the most ardent supporters of the U.S. Constitution as greater threats than those who have openly expressed their desire to destroy our country. It is not only a tremendous misuse of valuable intelligence assets, but an affront to every freedom loving American who cares about the future and freedoms of our nation.

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Orlando’s Sanford Airport Tells Obama’s Gestapo TSA ‘We Opt Out”

by Greg Hedgepath on Friday, November 26th, 2010

Fly the Friendly Sky's............... Its the Terminal that you have to worry about.

SANFORD, Fla. — A Central Florida airport is preparing to replace the Transportation Security Administration.

Orlando-Sanford International Airport President Larry Dale said he has begun the process to replace TSA agents.

Dale said he hopes to hire a private security company to take TSA’s place. It won’t change any rules, which are mandated by the Department of Homeland Security, but Dale said he feels it will lower overall security costs and streamline service.

About 18 other airports have already replaced the TSA.

(To watch video and read the rest of the article click here.)

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No Wonder Alan Grayson’s Getting Even Nuttier Than Usual

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

This is article 106 of 369 in the topic Elections

The hopefully future ex-Florida Representative and inspiration for the invention of the straight-jacket is down by seven points in Florida:

In one of the most closely watched U.S. House races in the nation, Republican Daniel Webster now holds a 7-point lead over Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson in Central Florida’s 8th Congressional District, according to a new Sunshine State News Poll.

Webster, a former state senator, leads the freshman congressman 43-36 in the survey of 559 likely voters conducted Sept. 25-27. TEA (“Taxed Enough Already”) Party candidate Peg Dunmire drew 6 percent and NPA hopeful George Metcalfe garnered 3 percent, while 9 percent remained undecided (2 percent cited “other” and 1 percent refused to state).

Digging deeper, the numbers look even worse for Grayson as 51 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the Orlando-area congressman.

Time to make more of those lying, disgraceful context-edited ads! Saying the “Taliban Dan” ad was a “new low” as applied to Alan Grayson is a redundancy of the highest order. There’s still over a month until the election, so there’s plenty more “low” to go.

Here’s the reason for Grayson’s desperation to paint Daniel Webster as the second coming of Ike Turner meets Archie Bunker:

Female voters are anything but ambivalent about Grayson — “They really loathe him,” Lee reported. With Grayson’s 33/53 favorable/unfavorable rating among women, Webster’s lead among females is much stronger (45/33 over Grayson) compared to a statistical tie (41/40 Webster) among males.

Epic backfire.

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