October 02, 2009
all the way from Port St. Lucie... courtesy of the Sun Sentinel:
From the arrest affidavit:
A man was pumping gas into the vehicle, and a drug-sniffing dog smelled narcotics in the vehicle and the area where the man, identified as Warren Leonard Wiley, stood. A search of Wiley turned up a crumpled dollar bill with cocaine in it.
"Wiley was then escorted to the men's room for a more detailed search," the affidavit states. "While being escorted, Wiley dropped his shorts in the middle of the store stating, 'I don't have nothing.' "
Wiley's backside appeared "clenched tight" as if he was hiding something. While walking, his backside relaxed and a clear bag with about 22 grams of cocaine in it "shot out" onto the store's floor.
"Wiley then kicked back with his foot trying to kick the bag back stating again, 'I don't have nothing,' " the affidavit states.
Investigators said they found a .38 caliber revolver loaded with five cartridges in his car's engine compartment that was reported stolen in November 2007.
Sheriff's investigators arrested Wiley, listed as an unemployed Palm Coast resident, on charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed firearm, escape, criminal mischief, resisting arrest without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearm.
The comments are hilarious, as can be expected from sun-sentinel readers. Cracky-man. Oh my!
September 08, 2009
About last nite...
sigh. Life is good.
September 04, 2009
A little unbiased non-partisan reporting
from the Sun-Sentinel:
Conservative clowns huh? Well, judging from the reaction to the poll, it would seem that the Sun-Sentinel is sadly out of touch with its readers, no wonder they're going broke.
heh. the discussion is certainly lively.
August 24, 2009
No, not the story.... the comments!
July 22, 2009
Sean Roberts was arrested Sunday for home invasion. He was pretty easy to identify, being the only one in town with an outline of the state of Florida tattooed on his face. In addition to the Florida tattoo, he also has the words "Crazy Cracker" written or tattooed on his head, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. The Sheriff's website lists his aliases as "Crazy Cracker" and "Pretty." The victims identified Roberts via photos, Callaway said.
July 06, 2009
It was Sunday nite in da hood, well, early Monday morning really, somebody is having a birthday party, and gosh darn it, a terrible thing happened! At least one AK-47 and two pistols suddenly went berserk, jumped into the hands of three men dressed in black, forced them to drive to the party, made them go in uninvited, and then - OMG! -forced those men to shoot those guns into the crowd of party goers! Oh, it was a horrible thing for all of those innocent people who were victimized by those evil guns:
Twelve people were shot shortly after midnight Monday when three men dressed in black interrupted a birthday party in Overtown and fired wildly into a crowd.
Several people are now in the hospital as Miami police search for the three shooters who walked into a home in the 500 block of Northwest Fifth Street at 12:45 a.m.
In all, four people were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition and six others were taken to Jackson, according to Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll. Later, police said three people were in critical condition.
When fire rescue first arrived at the scene about five minutes after receiving 911 calls, they had to set up outside the area and wait for police to arrive because there were still shots being fired in the area, Carroll said.
''It was a massive scene for a couple of blocks,'' Carroll said.
According to Willie Moreno, a Miami Police Department spokesman, another person was hit by a car near the shooting.
Kedricka Hughes, 16, who was at the party, said everything was quiet before the shooting began.
''Everything was fine and then they just started shooting,'' she said.
According to Hughes, the party was her friend's 20th birthday. Luckily, he was not shot, she said.
Miami police Chief John Timoney said bullet casings found at the scene led detectives to believe at least one AK-47 and two pistols were used in the shooting. It happened during what he described as a ''well-advertised'' birthday party.
A ''Happy Birthday'' sign and balloons were outside the home.
''Obviously from the debris, lots of people were running,'' Timoney said. ``Hats were thrown off as people were fleeing the scene. It looks like a couple dozen people were there at the time.''
About 8 a.m., yellow police tape roped off several blocks around the area, a complex of one- and two-story buildings in Overtown. Crime scene investigators and detectives poured over the several block scene.
Cheyanne Wimbley, 21, said she was inside her nearby home when she heard a large boom, followed by dozens of ''rapid fire'' shots.
''I got down and I hoped nobody got hurt,'' said Wimbley, who has lived in the neighborhood about five years.
''It's devastating,'' she said. ``You can't have fun in Overtown any more. I don't want to be here any more. It's just sad.'
Gosh golly. I suppose it is pretty devastating when you can't party down on a Sunday night anymore without some guns going berserk and spoiling all the fun.
To my fellow Miamians, fear not! The remnants of the Miami Police Force that have thus far managed to survive the lay-offs are hot on the trail of those evil guns and the poor men who were forced to use them. If and when they find the guns, they will be impounded, and we will all be a little safer. As for the men who were forced to use them, well, if and when they are found, they will likely be booked, photographed, and released, because prosection and incarceration costs so much and at the moment, like the rest of this great stimulated country of ours, Miami-Dade County is little strapped for cash. If that troubles you, just remember, they too were victims of those evil guns, and are not to be blamed for their behavior. After all, if it weren't for the guns, they would never have committed such a heinous crime.
May 17, 2009
Oh Joy. They're gonna start here
That's one sure way to trim healthcare costs, cut out testing, deny older patients admission to the hospital and send them home to die. Yes indeed, that's the European healthcare model, coming soon to a hospital near you.
Leaders in Washington and the healthcare industry agree that costs must be slashed to find the money to pay for care for the 45 million uninsured Americans, whose annual medical expenses on average are about twice that of Europeans.
"Leaders in Washington." I don't know why anyone in this country would think it's a good idea to put our healthcare decisions into the hands of these same "Leaders in Washington" who run the DMV and the Post Office, the same "Leaders in Washington" who have bankrupted Social Security and Medicare. The same "Leaders in Washington" who have put our grandchildren into debt so they could mail millions of dollars in stimulus money to dead people.
When they talk about those "45 million uninsureds," what those "Leaders in Washington" don't bother to tell you is that the number of uninsureds includes 10 to 15 million criminal immigrants who have snuck into this country in violation of our laws and those "Leaders in Washington" should be more concerned with kicking them the hell out instead of providing them with free healthcare at the taxpayers' expense.
And... that number includes 10 million uninsureds who live in households earning considerably more than $50,000 per year, all of whom have access to healthcare, who could afford healthcare, but who have chosen to opt out of their spouses medical plans because they choose to spend the money on something else. Seeing how they are uninsured through their own choice, those "Leaders in Washington" should allow them to live with that choice.
Finally, a good many of the rest that number of uninsured already qualify for existing government programs but are too lazy to apply for themselves or their children. Let them get off their asses and do something for themselves for a change.
The healthcare crisis in this country is manufactured by the government as a means to an end, to make more government. More government can only be a bad thing for the quality of healthcare in this country and in the end, for the quality of life in this country.
What do we have to look forward to when it comes to healthcare in this country? Well, if we are going to follow the European model, we just have to look at Europe, where healthcare is cheaper, and supposedly, better.
Healthcare in Europe is cheaper than healthcare in America and that means it's better because it's cheaper? nah, it couldn't be that, only a moron would believe that. So, it must be that a higher mortality rate is better, because other than price, that's the only area in healthcare that Europe is doing better than America.
That must be it! Europeans have a much higher mortality rate than Americans for common cancers. In fact, breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States, and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom. Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the U.K. and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.
It's obvious that more people are dying of common cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal in Europe than in America, proving that healthcare in Europe is not only cheaper than healthcare in America, it’s much better and the higher mortality rate proves it!
Even the Canadians enjoy a cheaper healthcare system and higher mortality rate for common cancer than Americans. In Canada, breast cancer mortality is 9 percent higher, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher and colon cancer mortality among men is about 10 percent higher than in the United States.
Testing is another area that European healthcare is well ahead of us by falling way behind us. Compared to the cheaper better European healthcare model, there is too much wasteful expensive testing going on here in the states.
9 of 10 middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to less than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent).
Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a pap smear, compared to less than 90 percent of Canadians.
More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a PSA test, compared to less than 1 in 6 Canadians (16 percent).
Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy, compared with less than 1 in 20 Canadians (5 percent).
According to the European healthcare model, those tests are not part of a better, cheaper healthcare system and there must be less of them.
Once we have cut down on all the testing, stop finding diseases early, and stop treating them too early, and stop expensive preventative medicine, once things like cancer are allowed to get a good hold before it is discovered and people are seriously ill before they go to the doctor, then healthcare in this country will be cheaper. Once we stop wasting money on older folks who are going to die in a couple few years anyway and once we stop this useless and wasteful and expensive prolonging of life, then healthcare in this country will be cheaper and better. We will finally have achieved the European level of healthcare, instead of a doctor, the government will be in control and more people will just die instead of using up expensive medical resources.
It appears that according to the European healthcare model, the level of better and cheaper is also gauged by the level of personal satisfaction with one's personal medical healthcare. Most Americans are in fact satisfied with their personal medical coverage. Most Europeans are not. Therefore, it stands to reason that, if you're basically satisfied with your healthcare, then the government has to step in and fix it enough until you're unsatisfied with it. Then, and only then, will it be better.
Source of quoted medical statistics is here.
April 29, 2009
Today's Revolting Racist
is Florida Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson:
Well now, brotha, what a lovely race-based sentiment that is. Here's hoping he ends up on the unemployment line, we don't need racists in the Florida Senate or in Congress.
March 02, 2009
I live in Florida because I don't like cold weather. Where is all that global warming they keep promising me?
January 18, 2009
This is Fort Lauderdale
on January 15, 2009.
and once again, these are the people in my neighborhood, shouting "Go Go Hitler, he should have finished you off."
Yes, these are my neighbors, essentially calling for the killing of Jews on the streets of America. I can't dismiss this, no, I can't, so don't ask me to. Because when they call for the killing of Jews, they're talking about me, that's right, they're talking about killing me, my family, my loved ones, my people. No, I can't dismiss it, because one of those bastards looked mighty familiar, but I'm just not sure from where.
You know, I always say I live in paradise. Beautiful sunny South Florida. Sigh. I guess I can't say that anymore, because it looks like paradise is well on its way to becoming just another moslem shithole.
It might be time to move but where do I go?
January 02, 2009
Oh the humanity
The Shoes! OMG! The Shoes!!!!!
MIAMI (CBS4) ― Thousands of shoes were dumped accidentally from a truck on the southbound Palmetto Expressway after the Bird Road exit in Miami causing significant traffic delays Friday morning.
City workers with broom sticks and Road Rangers who come to the aid of stranded motorists were all taking part in clearing one lane of a quarter mile section of expressway where shoes fell from a truck earlier in the day.
Two lanes were completely blocked during the morning rush hour before they were all swept to the side of the road. A private contractor was hired to use a front-end loader to pick up the shoes by the dozen and load them onto a large dump truck.
There's video at the link and... whatever you do... don't tell SondraK...
January 01, 2009
This is America
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Eighteen miles from my home. and yeah, I've been there, in fact, I used to work right around the corner.
Right here in beautiful Sunny South Florida, a young moslem woman, joined by three hundred other moslem and various American leftists, "peace activists," and obvious obama supporters, screams in the street for the mass murder of Jewish people, crying out for ovens, for Jews to be put into ovens, for Jewish people to be nuked, to be killed.
Make no mistake, that would be me she is talking about killing. She is calling out on the streets of South Florida for me to be killed, she is calling out on the streets of America to put me to death, to put my family to death, to put me and my family into an oven. There she stands, surrounded by several hundred others, all of them like minded, all of them wanting the same thing, for people to rise up, to kill the Jews, to put the Jews into an oven, to kill me and to kill my family. Such is the "beauty" of islam.
This woman is calling for my death. She is my neighbor, I could pass her on the street tomorrow or the next day or next week. She could be the woman next in line at the grocery store, or in the car behind me on the way to work, she could be at the lunch counter, or the dry cleaners, or the drug store, or the gas station, or anywhere, and she wants to kill me.
Good thing I'm armed, huh?
October 31, 2008
Today's Obama Supporter
Her name is Peggy Joseph, and she is what we here in Florida call a Floridiot. Here she is at the Obama Rally in Sunrise this past Wednesday, all fired up about getting her fair share of your wealth:
Peggy Joseph: "It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment. Because, I, I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage, you know, if I help him, he's gonna help me."
How wonderful for Peggy that the Obamamessiah is gonna fill her gas tank and pay her mortgage! I suppose I must have missed that particular campaign promise from Obama, but hey, it leaves "a chicken in every pot" in the dust, don't it?
Is America really this stupid? I like to think it's not, but lately, well, it sometimes appears so.
If the Obamamessiah wins the White House, Peggy Joseph is in for major disappointment, oh yes indeed. She'll learn all about exactly how he treats the poor, and it's a bitter lesson. Yes indeed Peggy, the Obamamessiah is going to help you, just like the Obamamessiah helped the good people of Chicago.
and... thank you Rodger... for heeding my cry for help and putting together that video for me. You are amazing and wonderful and I just loves ya!
August 18, 2008
and from that view, you'd think we were floating but here in loverly North Miami Beach, it's barely raining outside...
It was way worse on my way to work today, it just poured down this morning. The power stuttered a bit earlier but recovered right away, maybe 3 minutes out total. Of course, the night is still young and no matter which way she goes, we'll see a lot more rain.
In any event, my shutters are closed, its good practice and she could always jog east, you never know.
June 22, 2008
Fearmongering Florida style
Top scientists are warning about an impending invasion of a poisonous fish into South Florida's waters.
Scientists don't use the word "invasion" lightly, but that's exactly what they are predicting of the exotic-looking lionfish.
The poisonous tips on the lionfish's fins could present a danger to people who swim, dive or work in South Florida waters.
The lionfish's sting is so serious it can send victims to the hospital and even kill them.
"There is no anti-venom for this," said Lad Akins, executive director of Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
Experts are so concerned about the impending invasion of lionfish they are desperately trying to warn the public.
Scientists and volunteers are feverishly trying to fight the invasion of lionfish.
To do this, they are studying -- and killing -- the lionfish, now found in both deep and shallow water.
OMG! We're all gonna die! or... not.
Aquarium manager Anthony Bartolome said he has been stung five times by lionfish.
"It pretty much burns like fire," Bartolome said.
The pain from a lionfish sting lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Sure, a lionfish sting can kill someone, but so can a Portuguese man-of-war. Most people just hurt for a while, and it appears that the hurt from a lionfish wears off sooner than the hurt from a man-of-war. But what the heck, let's use the word "deadly" even though you're more than likely to just hurt for a bit. That's MSM fear mongering at its best, the use of the word deadly in the headline is just plain irresponsible reporting, calculated to provoke panic and hysteria.
So? Maybe we'll just eat...
They taste like chicken? Why does everything "exotic" taste like chicken?
April 16, 2008
I am not happy:
Nope. Not happy at all.
March 11, 2008
From my Vacation...
I spent a couple of vacation days on beautiful South Beach, along with a couple few thousand Spring Breakers. They were wild and crazy, running around half-nekkid, swooning in the SoFla sunshine and causing the kind of trouble drunken children cause.
Fortunately, there he was...
Officer Lardass, one of South Florida's finest, on patrol. Doesn't he make you feel safe with that Glock on his hip?
Yannow, I believe I could had myself a free Glock, just snatched it right out of his holster. I could have outrun him, my grandmother could have outrun him. There's no way Officer Lardass could have chased me down, in fact, I bet he wouldn't have made it one block without having to stop for either a pizza or a coronary.
Forcryinoutloud, can someone please tell me, why is that man on my police force? Have we no standards at all?
January 04, 2008
There ought to be a law
Here in the land of Iguana Rain, there are lots of things that are illegal:
• In Sarasota, It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
• In Daytona Beach, the molestation of trash cans is banned.
• In Tampa, rats are forbidden to leave the ships docked the Bay.
• In Hialeah, ambling and strolling is a misdemeanor.
• In Florida it is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.
• In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
• In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal.
• In Sarasota it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
• In Key West, chickens are considered a 'protected species'.
• In Pensacola, It is illegal to roll a barrel on any street.
• In Sarasota, if you hit a pedestrian you are fined $78.00; and, you may not catch crabs.
After a goat was raped and killed in a Panhandle town, animal activists, police and citizens were almost as shocked to find out that bestiality isn't a crime in Florida.
So, if there's a particular goat, or sheep you have your eye on... you better hurry, because that law is about to be changed.
In the Sudan, there would have been wedding bells ringing.
November 01, 2007
ahahaha! Missed me!
We're outside of the cone, but SoFla is under a tropical storm warning, the winds are up, so are the waves. Beach erosion is a serious problem.
Thank goodness its the end of Hurricane Season!
August 30, 2007
Irony is so Ironic
Drudge has a loverly photo of Downtown Miami front and center today, with a new condo going up, with a peek at Biscayne Bay. The building on the left is the 55 storey First Union Financial Center, I used to work on the 50th floor, and I used to park my car right there, where that condo is now.
How nice that Matt chose to use a condo going up in Downtown Miami to illustrate our good economic growth, except, if you scroll down his page just a bit, you'll see an expanded view of where that building stands to illustrate the opposite...
The second picture is the view you would see if you got yourself on the other side of the condo in the first picture, turned yourself around and looked away from the Bay. The condo in the first picture is just one construction site, the second picture shows several and reality is, there are 25,000 new condo units going up in or near Miami's downtown. When they are finished, they will add to an already flooded market, what you see will one day be another building full of empty condos in an area that already has 23,000 condos listed for sale. Believe it or not, an additional 40,000 units have been approved, but will likely never be built.
If you bought pre-construction in that building, you have already lost money, since prices have dropped and no one will pay what you agreed to pay when they started construction.
Same town, slightly different view and a whole 'nother perspective on the economy.
August 29, 2007
Welcome to South Beach... where even the mannequins have implants...
H/T: raz0r.. in my email.
August 13, 2007
In case you were wondering how stupid Miami's anti-war can left be:
You may have seen them somewhere around Miami -- tiny plastic toy soldiers enlisted in the war against the war.
''Bring them home!'' says the front of the tag wrapped around the soldier's leg. On the back, the numbers for Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez.
The pacifist toy soldiers are popping up in supermarkets, drug stores and other public places. Call it the Dada protest: It's driven by the hope that war, that most destructive of pursuits, can be halted by a sly creative genius just this side of the absurd.
The campaign, brought here by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation -- www.uumia.org -- near South Miami, begins its third week today. Already, church members have distributed dozens of soldiers across the county.
What a stupid, useless gesture, like all the stupid, useless gestures we are subjected to by the looney left, but, I suppose we should be grateful that they're not protesting the war by taking off their clothes.
Why don't they head over to Iraq and have a little chat with the insurgents about ending the war?
August 05, 2007
No hairy palms here
The Broward County Penal system is keeping us safe:
It is a verdict likely to cause great consternation to lonely prisoners throughout the US penal system. A prisoner in Florida has been found guilty of indecent exposure for masturbating alone in his cell.
Terry Lee Alexander, 20, of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, was sentenced to a further 60 days in jail on top of the 10-year term he is currently serving for armed robbery, the Miami Herald reported yesterday.
Okay. Now consider this:
Were it not for this pending charge, Alexander would have moved to the state prison system months ago.
So what? Well...
Broward taxpayers have been footing the bill — $91.29 a day — to keep Alexander in the main jail while the indecent exposure case has worked its way to a trial date. The grand total for Alexander's incarceration in that case is nearly $21,000. On top of that, the public will pay $1,150 for his attorney.
Now, isn't that special?
June 14, 2007
Like a bad penny...
She turns up again:
Seven years ago, she was wasting public dollars hunting the ever elusive Al Gore Chad, today, she's talking about cutting off the flow of emergency information to Broward County because she doesn't like Rush Limbaugh.
The Sun-Sentinel wrote in 2001 that Sue is "a real reformer," explaining that she is "out there fighting every week, demanding that the county be more accountable. [She] wants insiders to have less influence and the people to have more."
Yes, Sue Gunzburger wants "insiders to have less influence and the people to have more" and that's why she is fighting to stifle free speech in Broward County and in the process, putting the health, safety and security of Broward County on the line. WIOD has the strongest signal, and in South Florida, has become the number one source of emergency information, cutting programs when necessary, to get us the information we need to survive a hurricane.
Now, Sue is trying to change all that, and move Broward County's emergency information to a smaller station, with a weaker signal because she doesn't like Rush Limbaugh, and in the process, Sue is likely cutting off the flow of emergency information, in the name of politics.
This really ticks me off. I live in Miami-Dade, but, I'm a stone's throw from the county line, and in an emergency, I need information from both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. All three of my emergency radios are tuned to WIOD.
Sue Gunzburger is willing to put our lives on the line, and the lives of our children and loved ones, to score a political point against Rush Limbaugh.
Stupid silly bitch. The Sun-Sentinel has accumulated close to 2,000 comments on the article that exposes Sue's demands, and it makes for some interesting reading. There are lots of out-of-towners and Rush fans chiming in, but, there are plenty of locals too. I get the feeling the citizens of Broward County might do a little housecleaning next election.
Special thanks to DoubleU for bringing this to my attention.
County commissioners said they were deluged with complaints from throughout the country Wednesday after they questioned whether to cut their ties with the station because of their dislike for Limbaugh. By the end of the day, a majority of commissioners vowed to renew WIOD's agreement next week.
*snort* and the comments are hilarious.
May 15, 2007
We are the Champions!!
Survey said: Miami's drivers are the rudest on the road.
I can assure you, they are not talking about me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go drive to work.
May 08, 2007
The thick smoke covering much of South Florida this evening is from a massive brush fire burning in Collier County and another brush fire that has been burning for days in Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.
The smoke began moving over the region earlier this evening, reducing visibility to three miles in some areas, said meteorologist Brad Diehl.
The direction of the winds is not expected to change right away, so Diehl said the region can expect to see more smoke through the night and into Wednesday.
It appears the smoke is mostly over Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and a bit in western Palm Beach County, Diehl said.
April 25, 2007
Famous Last Words
Palm Beach County deputies and police officers involved in May's shooting death of 21-year-old who took them on a 19-mile car chase and shot at them have been cleared in the killing, according to a memo released on Monday.
Antonio Isaias died in a hail of more than 280 bullets fired at him by 18 officers after a 33-minute pursuit on city streets and Interstate 95 from west of West Palm Beach to Delray Beach.
Isaias called his mother, Evangelina Magdaleno, on his cell phone and told her: "The cops are behind me; I don't want to go to prison; I will either kill myself or the cops are going to have to kill me."
Eighteen deputies fired more than 280 bullets at Antonio Isaias and his SUV in Delray Beach last May after he got in a fight and led police on a 33-minute chase, firing repeatedly at them as he sped away.
They hit Antonio Isaias of Boynton Beach 31 times, with 18 bullets lodging in his body, State Attorney Barry Krischer wrote in a report. Isaias -- a high school dropout with a steady job and a temper that often got him in trouble with police -- died from two fatal wounds.
His mother, Evangelina Magdaleno, claimed that prior to his suicide, Antonio had began working on controlling his temper. Too little, too late, end result? One dead dumbass. Thank goodness he didn't take anyone with him.
April 24, 2007
A doctor in Florida is facing charges, after being accused of groping a woman while wearing a Captain America uniform with a burrito stuffed down his tights.
The incident, hardly fitting behaviour for a superhero, happened after 54-year-old Dr. Raymond Adamcik went on a bar-crawl with a number of other costume-wearing medics.
Witnesses said that Adamcik was walking around with the burrito tucked into the waistband of his costume, asking women if they wanted to touch it.
When one woman refused to touch the burrito, it is alleged that the doctor removed the snack and groped her.
The police were called, and, according to the official report, 'there were so many cartoon characters in the bar at the time, all Captain America's [sic] were asked to go outside for a possible identification.'
Adamcik was identified as the lecherous superhero in question, and taken to the police station in Melbourne, Florida – where, to increase his troubles, he was caught trying to flush a joint that he'd also stashed down his tights.
He now faces charges of battery, drug possession, trying to destroy evidence and disorderly conduct, and has been released on bail.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Maybe a congressional race was so nasty that a large number of voters simply didn't want to check the box next to either candidate.
That's what state Sen. Mike Bennett said he believes happened in the now-infamous District 13 congressional race.
Hoping to prevent a repeat, he persuaded the Senate Ethics and Elections committee to approve a bill, SB-494, on Monday that would require ballots to have the additional option of "I choose not to vote."
That option could not win a race, and the actual candidate with the highest number of votes would win the election.
Bennett, R-Bradenton, said the no-choice option would enable uninformed or disgusted voters to opt out in a way that clearly displays their intention to abstain for elections officials.
and the survey said...
Hat tip to my neighbor... DoubleU
Here's a bit of good news
from today's Sun-Sentinel:
with bonus quote:
"I don't think about the public worries too much about Jeffrey Dahmer … feeling a little sting," - Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Sacramento.
No worries here!
4/25/07 UPDATE: Survey said...
April 19, 2007
Florida Fear Mongering
This is the top story on the front page of the Florida Sun Sentinel today...
What a fine piece of propaganda that is, complete with the scary picture, mention of "murderous rage" and the quote that it could happen here.
The article itself quotes the spokesman for the Brady Campaign who complains that Florida has no restrictions on the number of weapons that can be bought at one time while Virginia permits only one gun to be purchased within a 30-day period. His group gives Florida an F-plus on its gun-control report card, compared to a C-minus for Virginia.
Except... the tougher gun law in Virginia didn't prevent Cho's massacre now, did it? Virginia's waiting period didn't save anyone's life. Viriginia's limits on how many guns you could buy didn't save anyone's life either. That situation needed more guns, in the hands of law abiding citizens who might have shot the bastard dead before he could kill anyone else. Virginia's gun laws, and the school's status as a gun free zone, protected Cho, not his victims.
"If there had been armed people on campus, when he walked into the first classroom, maybe four or five people would have shot him and it would be over," Nick Lipschultz, owner of P.A.R. Firearms & Supplies in West Palm Beach, said.
Lipschultz, who said he sells hundreds of guns each year to law-abiding people, said criminals will gain access to firearms no matter how many gun control laws are imposed.
"I've never seen a bad guy in my store," he said. "Criminals buy guns on the streets.
In other news, yesterday, the Florida House shot down a bill that would have forced businesses to allow employees to keep guns locked in their cars in company parking lots.
April 16, 2007
Normal temperatures for Miami in April are a high 79° and a low of 70° and this morning, I wake up to:
UPDATE: Past noon and it ain't much warmer!
April 08, 2007
I was gonna take the dog for a run, and headed out in shorts and tank top!
All I wanna know is where is the global warming they keep promising me?
March 20, 2007
No need to worry...
I'm sure its just another troubled youth...
PARKLAND -- A small homemade acid bomb detonated at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tuesday morning and several people were treated for irritations from a flying liquid, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. There were no serious injuries.
The school at 5901 Pine Island Road was immediately placed on lockdown. The lockdown ended around 9:30 a.m., when parents were allowed to pickup their children and take them home.
No one is in custody.
The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. when the homemade device in a liter soda bottle exploded in the middle of a courtyard at the high school just before it was scheduled to open.
BSO said five or six students were treated for mild skin irritations from flying liquid – probably muriatic acid – that mostly splashed on their arms and from smoke that irritated some eyes. No other injuries were reported. Paramedics treated students at the scene and the BSO Bomb Squad was called in.
"It's a big deal, but luckily no one got hurt," said BSO Commander Dave Carry.
Sure, it's a big deal, but not big enough so that you'll see it on the national news.
UPDATE: Yup, it was a troubled youth.
March 05, 2007
Wish I had a watermelon
MIAMI, United States (AFP) - A prominent Miami developer was arrested Friday for allegedly skimming official funds to buy himself a 150,000-dollar sculpture of a giant watermelon slice.
Raul Masvidal turned himself in to authorities after he was charged with organized fraud and grand theft.
Masvidal had obtained millions of dollars from the Miami-Dade county to build new offices for the Housing Agency, but used part of the money to buy the sculpture by artist Julio Larraz, according to an affidavit filed in court.
The sculpture, called "Mars", portrays a huge watermelon slice that has been bitten.
To hide the purchase, he allegedly asked an art broker to write a fake invoice that listed only a sculpture of stacked cups that was to grace the new building, but charged for both artworks.
The Cuban-born Masvidal had gained prominence in Miami as a political advisor, philanthropist and businessman.
"What a great disappointment," said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. "He turned on his community. He turned on his friends."
Masvidal is pleading innocent, and claims he was framed by the artist, who was his childhood friend. It should be interesting to see how he explains away the fact that he used the watermelon sculpture as collateral for a $125,000 ''personal loan'' -- listing the item as his personal property.
Both sculptures were found at the Medley storage yard of Delant Construction -- the contractor on both the Hometown Station project and on renovations to Masvidal's Coral Gables home.
Here's a coincidence: Masvidal had a brief stint as a watermelon farmer.
March 01, 2007
On Valentines Day this year, an 80 year old woman arrived at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in Deerfield Beach, Florida in style... she drove right through the storefront window. No one was seriously injured, which is amazing enough, but... caught on the surveillance camera... a caped crusader!
He's never around when I need him.
February 17, 2007
This is a local story
Because no one else is interested. Wrong Hurricane, wrong state and the victim, the wrong color.
An elderly woman who had been living without power in her home due to hurricane damage was finally seeing the light Friday night, when power to her home was restored. What makes her story amazing is that the hurricane which put her in the dark was Andrew, almost 15 years ago, and she's been living without power to her house since August 24, 1992.
No heat when the winter chill settled over South Florida. No air conditioning when the mercury climbed into the 90's and the humidity clung to 100% .
Not one hot shower at home in nearly 15 years.
And Hurricane Katrina victims continue to whine!
January 12, 2007
There is no terrorist threat
I'm sure its all just a misunderstanding or a miscommunication or something...
WEST PALM BEACH -- The Palm Beach County Hazardous Materials Unit decontaminated five people who came in contact with Tellurium, a poisonous powder, found in the mailroom of the county courthouse on Thursday.
None of the people who touched the powder had an adverse reaction, according to West Palm Beach Fire Rescue spokesman Phil Kaplan.
Authorities received a call about suspicious powder inside two envelopes at about 11:45 a.m. The mailroom and two judges' chambers on the ninth floor, where the letters were taken, were immediately sealed.
The five people who touched the envelopes were taken to a red, decontamination tent outside the courthouse where they stripped and were sprayed down before donning paper suits.
Nothing to see here except what is probably a silly stupid intimidation attempt on behalf of some disgruntled litigant. Move along.
January 10, 2007
A tale of two robbers
What a difference a gun makes:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -- A liquor store owner shot and killed a man who apparently attempted to rob the place on Tuesday night.
The owner of LeJeune Liquors, 930 S.W. 42nd Ave., was working behind the counter at about 9 p.m. when a man with a gun entered the store and approached him, police said. That's when the store owner took out his own gun and shot the man, according to police.
"It does appear that the owner was acting in self defense," Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said.
Detectives said the "stand your ground" law allowed the store owner to pull the trigger without fear of repercussion.
MIAMI -- A man was found shot to death not far from his home near Northwest 24th Avenue and Northwest 30th Street on Wednesday.
Miami police received a call about a man who had been shot at about 8:20 p.m. When officers arrived, they found Mario Joshua Martinez-Hernandez dead and his personal belongings scattered nearby.
Witnesses told police that they had seen Martinez-Hernandez fighting with a man wearing a red hooded sweater on the sidewalk. Witnesses said the struggle continued across the street, at which time the man shot Martinez-Hernandez and ran off.
January 08, 2007
Traces of C4 at Port of Miami
Test show traces of C4 at the Port of Miami, yes, this is breaking news on Fox, right now. Related to the non-event yesterday? I'm at work dagnabit and can't monitor the news from here.
Word is that they have restricted the airspace over the Port, including news helicopters.
At the moment, I am about one mile away from the Port, on the 29th floor of a high rise.
Bomb squad is on the scene. Ships are ordered out of the Port, passengers sent below decks.
The box/device was being loaded onto a cruise ship scheduled for four day cruise starting later. The sensor caught it as having C4. They tested it five more times with positive reactions each test.
According to Port of Miami spokeswoman, Andria Muniz-Amador, a cargo pallet has been discovered and may contain a large amount of C-4 explosives.
The pallet was discovered in an area located at Gate H, located right next to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “Majesty of the Sea”, which does have passengers on board who are preparing to embark later Monday afternoon.
Terminal H is cordoned off as police investigate.
A bomb squad is also on the scene.
Remember, a pound of C-4 was enough to blow up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Something has been detonated.
4:11 pm - According to the news, this is now officially another non-event. Can someone tell me how the news knows what was on that pallet and what's really going on at the Port? Perhaps I need a tinfoil hat, because I begin the think this is related to yesterday's event and the three clowns were let go and followed.
Remind me not to take any cruises.
Bottom line: The Super Bowl is here in a couple of weeks (I live a few miles from the stadium) and I can’t get that out of my head.
In my mind, I know the attack is coming and I believe it will be sooner rather than later. The Super Bowl is a prime target for attack and I’m very suspicious of both incidents, I'm suspicious that any terrorist threat in this town will be covered up and played down.
Mail me a tin foil hat if you think I need it.
January 07, 2007
Move along.. Nothing to see here
The word on the streets of SoFla is that Port Police stopped a van to check the papers. The driver was trying to access a secure area of the Port. He told the police that he was all by his lonesome in that truck, and his paperwork appeared to be in order.
Except... a search revealed that he wasn't alone and there were two more men in the back of the truck. Two "middle eastern" men who are in the this country illegally.
The Port of Miami is now in lockdown as the law scrambles, trying to figure out what's happened. Or rather, what might happen.
Fox News had a breaking news alert about an hour ago, it was their top story, but they yanked it.
Nothing on the local news here at the moment.
12:45 UPDATE: Okay, we got news. The Port is open and operating at "high security."
1:00 UPDATE: One Iraqi and one Lebanese in the back of the truck. One of them had an outstanding warrant, no news on what for.
The truck was an 18 wheeler.
FOX VIDEO on the right hand side of the screen:
At the end of the broadcast, they sum up saying this is non-story because this kind of thing happens all the time and there's nothing to worry about since there were no explosives in the truck.
Ahem. It was an empty truck going into the Port. Am I the only one wondering what they were picking up at the Port?
and... if you're think that its good thing the Dubai Ports deal didn't go through, think again.
Guess who runs the Port of Miami.
Sure. Lying moslems trying to sneak into a secure area in the Port with an empty truck. No big deal, happens every day. and remember, its the religion of peace and moslems are our friends. Just think, its 28 days to the Super Bowl.
UPDATE 2:03 Fox reported earlier that there were no explosives found. But, it appears they have not searched the truck yet, and the Bomb Squad is enroute (and they're stuck in traffic!). Word is that they are moving the truck... away from prying eyes?
2:20 UPDATE: An FBI spokeswoman in Miami said an Iraqi semi-truck driver trying to get into the port was been arrested after the cargo in his truck did not match what was declared on the truck's manifest. Orihuela said the men appear to be in the U.S. legally and have resident status. They are not on any watch list. It was two Iraqis and Lebanese.
And the Bomb Squad has arrived. News conference coming up.
Question: The news is reporting that likely "its just a paperwork problem." How is that one man trying to sneak into the port, claims he doesn't know what's in his truck, lies about two more men who were hiding in the truck, and one of them has an outstanding warrant for arrest, how the hell is that considered a paperwork problem? They must think we're stupid.
I'll betcha dollars to donuts they bury this.
My head hurts.
3:20 UPDATE: According to the Miami Herald, "Federal sources said the manifest described the cargo was auto parts, but that is not what was found. Instead, authorities found two 55-gallon containers in the back of the truck."
Drudge has it now, but he's linking to the older Miami Herald article. Yo Matt, you should read my site! I scooped ya over three hours ago!
4:20 UPDATE Miami HAZMAT is on the scene and they pushed the news conference back again. There's still no news about this on our local TV stations.
4:45 UPDATE Miami HAZMAT has left the scene. News conference delayed again.
5:00 UPDATE Train derailed in D.C. That should put the lid on this story.
5:17 UPDATE According the news conference, now the extra men were in the back seat and not hiding, and all of a sudden the contents of the truck match the manifest and it wasn't auto parts, it was some kind of wire and it was 22 pallets and not two 55 gallon containers and it was all just a communications problem.
Like I said, they think we're stupid.
The final word: Miami Port Scare 'Comedy Of Errors'... everything they reported throughout the day was supposedly untrue.
Move along.. Nothing to see here.
November 22, 2006
Okay, not here, but in Central Florida, it did! Here its just.... cold!
I've lived in Brooklyn and it snowed, I've lived in Upstate New York where it snows, and I've lived on top of a mountain in West Virginia where it snows. In West-By-G-d, the snow was up to our armpits and we couldn't drive all the way to our house. We had to leave our vehicles about halfway, and then pull ourselves up the mountain with a rope/cable strung along the tree line. I used to tie a sled to my waist to drag the groceries up.
So, no thank you. I've been there, done that, and life is difficult enough without having to shovel snow.
Bring on the Global Warming!
November 21, 2006
Where is that global warming they keep promising me?
November 16, 2006
Kids will be kids!
Hollywood police said they've arrested two teenagers who they believe broke into a school and put super-glue in all the locks last week.
The teens are being charged with burglary and criminal mischief. The damage cost McArthur High School nearly $30,000.
Police and school officials were able to break into most of the classrooms before students arrived but others were stranded outside classrooms.
Investigators used surveillance video to help catch the pair. Authorities said one of the students is 16 years old and the other 17.
Gosh I love Florida and boy am I glad they ain't my kids.
Posted by LindaSoG at 06:14 AM
October 17, 2006
Yes, you can show us your tits
I had to go all the way to the UK for this SoFla story (and the typos are theirs, not mine!):
In what might just be one of the most important legal decision in Florida's history – almost certainly more important than the ones that gave George Bush the presidency in 2000 - a court has upheld a woman's right to mount political protests by exposing her breasts.
Elizabeth Book was arrested for baring her breasts in 2004, under a law that banned acts of indecency in public, including women going topless
The law she was protesting against, of course, was the same anti-toplessness law under which she was arrested.
While the court made no judgement on the rights or wrongs of the law against women showing their breasts, it did decide that if women were showing their breasts as part of a legitimate political protest against laws banning women from showing their breasts, then they were allowed to show their breasts.
In reaching that decision, it upheld an earlier ruling from a county court that also agreed with the breast-baring.
Book's attorney heralded the topless ruling a victory for his client, who claimed that the laws were unfair as men were allowed to walk around topless, while women were not.
The Tooth Fairy
is alive and well and looking for bling in South Florida:
A man in Brevard County, Fla., told authorities that someone reached into his mouth and removed his gold teeth as he slept, according to a Brevard County Sheriff's Office report.
Investigators said they responded to a reported theft at a home located at 3424 Populatic Street in Mims, Fla., on Sunday.
The report said Bryan Osteen told officers that someone entered his bedroom and took the $80 teeth out of his mouth.
Osteen said he is a heavy sleeper and did not wake up during the incident, the report said.
He said he had friends at his home and believes one of them had something to do with the crime.
The investigation continues.
Posted by LindaSoG at 06:50 AM
August 29, 2006
The calm before the storm
10:55 pm Update: All hurricane watches are canceled. Ernesto is a "mediocre" storm, Max is baffled and I'm going to sleep!
6:00 pm Update: Looks like Ernie is gonna be a dud for Florida. Yay!
The local radar as of 15:49. The link is a loop, it should give you the current view when you hit it.
I'm about under the "a" in Miami. Unless it jiggles east again, it shouldn't be too bad here.
Still, the waiting is the hardest part.
Alrightie then... I'm ready
Got batteries (yay for the Dollar Store), got Mike's Hard, got food, water, gasoline, cigarettes. And just in the nick of time too, the clouds are rolling in...
12:31 pm Update: They changed the prediction to the west and that's good news for me.
1:45 pm Update: Rain started, and the wind. That little red dot is me!
Posted by LindaSoG at 11:43 AM
Here comes Ernie
The first three gas stations I stopped at last nite were out of gas. Finally filled up after waiting in line for about 40 minutes. I pretty much have everything I need except for batteries and some Mike's Hard. I know I can find the Hard, the batteries may be a problem. Oh well.
Ernie left Cuba as a tropical storm with winds at 40 mph, but they expect he will almost double in strength to about 75-80 mph before he makes landfall in Florida sometime late tonight. He's up to 45 mph now. He should hit us here sometime after midnight tonight, with winds at about 75 mph. He'll either be a strong tropical storm or a weak hurricane.
Yep, that's me at the red dot there. The timing of the landfall is based on the eye of the storm, it'll get pretty windy here long before the eye gets here. The fun should begin sometime early afternoon and it'll last until sometime late Wednesday.
It's 6:45 am here in not-so-sunny South Florida and I just heard on the radio that the first feeder bands have rolled across Key West. Its pretty outside, all these reddish orange/pink clouds spread out across the sky, reminds me of the old saying... red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky at morn, sailors be warned. I have to run in to the office and do a little hurricane preparation there, I hope to be home and hunkered down by noon. My internet gets spotty when it rains, but I'll post when I can. Think happy thoughts!
And what's the matter with you Vinnie, two birds ain't enough???? Thanks for your concern though brother!
August 28, 2006
See that little red dot there...
That's me, and South Florida is now under a hurricane watch. At 5 am, Ernesto had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was located 529 miles southeast of Miami. It was moving northwest at 12 mph with gusts at 63 mph.
August 24, 2006
Reason # 74985766
Some Brevard County residents are taking issue with a comment made by a county commissioner during a zoning meeting.
County Commissioner Ron Pritchard told a resident to "get a gun" to deal with trespassers on his property.
Environmental groups had just shown video of trees, which were illegally chopped down, and commissioners were questioning whether they had trespassed to get the video.
Pritchard said he was joking.
The Republican Merritt Island resident is running for re-election.
Florida Republicans are just so special.
July 31, 2006
Hate Hits Home
Welcome to my neighborhood.
This happened only a few blocks from my home.
July 20, 2006
So. They say that like its a bad thing.
June 07, 2006
one lawsuit at a time...
The ACLU won another lawsuit this month here in SoFla with the help of Federal Judge Kenneth Ryskamp.
Judge Ryskamp ruled that it is unconstitutional to require a student to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and that a student does not have to get a parent's permission to be excused from reciting the pledge.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state Board of Education and state Education Commissioner John Winn on behalf of a Boynton Beach High School student who said he was disciplined for not standing during the pledge last year.
Cameron Frazier, then a 17-year-old junior, was told by teacher Cynthia Alexandre that he was "so ungrateful and so un-American" after he twice refused to stand for the pledge in her classroom Nov. 8, the lawsuit said.
Requiring Frazier to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance is "in violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights," the lawsuit said.
Hey Judge, you fucked up!
So, Frazier will get paid $32,500 for being an anti-American scumbag and his teacher will be reprimanded in writing.
Is this a great Country or what?
May 30, 2006
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- A morning dog walk turned into a dangerous tango with an alligator for one Coral Springs man this morning.
Michael Rubin took his 6-month-old golden retriever, Jasmine, and his border collie Frisbee, for a run near a construction site. The puppy ran ahead of Rubin to the edge of a pond.
Rubin heard the dog cry. When he went to check on her, he saw the puppy's head inside an alligator's mouth.
Rubin jumped in the water and started beating the gator with his fist. The reptile refused to let go and started rolling in the water with the dog still in its mouth.
Rubin estimated the gator was about 7-feet long.
He eventually pried the dog loose and rushed her to a nearby animal hospital, where she was treated for cuts and puncture wounds.
He said the puppy is at home and doing fine.
I live only a block or two from one of the largest parks in North Miami. Half a block from my home is a very wide canal, with ocean access. The end is result is we have a lot of wildlife in our neighborhood.
I've never spotter a gator, at least, not yet. Makes me nervous to take the pooch for a walk.
May 27, 2006
If guns were outlawed
It was 3:30 a.m.
Granger woke with a start, hearing his mother's frantic voice and something slamming against the front window.
He ran out to the dark living room and saw his mother screaming as a man, cursing and muttering, threw a bicycle at the window.
Granger yelled at the intruder to leave, while his mother called his father on the phone and handed it to her son. The stranger began turning the doorknob, intent on getting in the home.
Within seconds, Granger ran into his parents' bedroom, found the safety box, unlocked it and loaded two guns for him and his mother. He ran back to the living room as the intruder threw a bicycle at the door and started kicking it in.
His mother was too shaken to take a gun, so she ran to another bedroom where her daughters and visiting family members were hiding.
"I was real scared and nervous, but I knew I had to stay focused on what I had to do because my mom and the kids were there," Granger said.
The next moment the man kicked down the door and jumped into the living room, yards from Granger.
"I didn't want to hurt anybody, so I fired off a warning shot," the ninth-grader said.
The intruder didn't leave until four shots later.
Good on ya Javaris. You are a real hero.
May 23, 2006
May the Force be with you
Florida. Sometimes I think there's something in the water...
A high school physical education teacher was relieved of duty Monday after police arrested him over the weekend for allegedly creating a scene outside of a downtown bar and fighting several officers who tried to arrest him.
Police first saw David McCann, 30, standing in front of a bar Saturday at 2 a.m., shirt unbuttoned and yelling he was "Luke Skywalker" at passers-by, according to the incident report. An officer asked him to leave after McCann allegedly got into a verbal confrontation with two women.
McCann then allegedly charged the officer, who sprayed him in the face with an irritant. Two officers tried unsuccessfully to handcuff him as McCann wildly swung his fists, the report says.
"He continued to attack with super human strength and made no attempt to escape," according to the report.
McCann was finally brought under control when two responding officers struck him three times with a Taser and another hit him four more times with a baton, according to the report.
May 11, 2006
I love Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla. - An elderly woman, who was bitten by an alligator while working in her backyard, beat back the reptile with a garden hose.
Constance Gittles, 74, of south Punta Gorda was watering plants Tuesday when a nearly 6-foot-long alligator bit her leg just above the ankle.
"I just whacked him right in the snout with the nozzle," she said. "After that, he took off," Gittles told the News-Press of Fort Myers.
Gittles received three puncture wounds and some smaller scrapes and abrasions from her confrontation with the alligator.
A trapper working with wildlife officials later caught the animal in a nearby pond. It will be killed and the hide and meat sold.
Posted by LindaSoG at 11:28 AM
April 13, 2006
Smackdown in Palm Beach!
Imagine a newly elected government official who refuses to take the Oath of Office because it supports the Federal Government.
In March, Basil Dalack was the only qualifying candidate for an open Tequesta Village Council seat. He ran unopposed, and of course he won. Now, he refuses to take the Oath of Office and has gone so far as to sue the City of Tequesta to have the Oath declared unconstitutional.
His lawsuit against the municipality claims that he does not support the government and therefore, the village charter oath to support the state of Florida and the United States governments conflicts with his constitutional rights of free speech.
Seventy-six-year-old Basil Dalack, a newly elected Tequesta village council member, is suing Tequesta to have the oath of office declared unconstitutional because it supports the federal government, something he says he doesn’t do. He also wants the words "and government" removed so the oath doesn't reflect that the government must be supported.
Unbelievable. An elected official, a member of the Government, who refuses to support the Government.
Interesting, Dalack took the oath without objection in 1999 when he was first elected to the council. He was defeated in his reelection attempt in 2003 and ran uncontested in February for a seat on the council which had been vacated by a death.
The asshole goes on to complain that his right to freedom of speech is being violated by the oath and if he reads it he would have... "the blood of all those Iraqi and American kids on my hands."
U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks gives Dalack the official smackdown, ruling that the Tequesta Village Council has the power to name someone other than Basil Dalack to its fifth seat if he doesn't take the oath at tonight's council meeting.
"You've got to come to your own conclusion about the oath," Middlebrooks said at the emergency hearing in West Palm Beach. In ruling against Dalack's request, he said the village oath refers to government process and not a particular office holder or policy.
"I don't think there's a likelihood of success based on the merits of the case," the judge said.
Finally, a Judge who knows the law, who'dathunk such a thing existed in liberal Palm Beach County.
State law is very specific that if a public officer does not take and file his oath of office he in essence refuses to serve and vacates the office as a matter of law.
In Florida, prior to performing the duties of public office, the public officer must take and file an oath of office which states that “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect and defend the Constitution and government of the United States and the State of Florida”.
No oath, no office.
It would be good to get this guy gone. During a council meeting last March, Dalack proposed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for alleged war crimes. He also proposed a council resolution for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
I tell ya, it gives me hope for my home state.
H/T Government Zoo
UPDATE: It takes a village to smackdown a moonbat:
TEQUESTA — A packed Village Council meeting erupted into applause Thursday night when Councilor-elect Basil Dalack was not allowed to substitute his own version for the village oath of office, which he is claiming in federal court is unconstitutional.
Councilor Pat Watkins called the resolution "an affront to the memory of Col. Ed Resnik," a deceased decorated U.S. Marine whose seat Dalack would fill. "We have a moral responsibility to our troops," Watkins said. "I hope he can explain how this will benefit the village of Tequesta."
In return, the peace loving Dalack has declared war on the Village:
"It is hard for a peacemaker to make war," Dalack said. "I would have loved to have solved this peacefully."
Dalck's version of war is economical, he vows to make the Village pay for their decision in attorney's fees, all the way to the Supreme Court.
I don't suppose anyone would ever be able to explain to this asshose the hypocrisy behind that last statement. I'm not even going to try. Its not worth the effort.
February 12, 2006
I woke up to this...
and here comes this.... Freeze watch issued for all of South Florida
January 30, 2006
As if hurricanes, roaches, sea lice and insurance bills weren't bad enough, Floridians can add a new menace to their list of worries.
What the Africanized bees lack in size, they make up with a severe lack of anger management. All honeybees defend their hives, but the Africanized bees erupt against disturbances that European bees might shrug off -- a noisy leaf-blower or nosy dog, for example. And they attack in much greater numbers.
"People end up with 300, 400, a thousand stings," said Bob van der Herchen, who runs a bee removal service in Englewood, south of Sarasota.
I hate bees. I hate, hate, hate bees.
November 18, 2005
WTF??? That looks like the same darn path Wilma took.
October 30, 2005
or shameless self promotion of a natural disaster? I report, you decide what to make of this...
LEE COUNTY— While watching NBC2 coverage of Hurricane Wilma about two dozen residents called the station reporting an unusual sighting. While watching a Doppler loop of Hurricane Wilma coming ashore, a number two appeared in the eye of the storm.
In going back through the recorded Doppler loop, we found exactly what viewers were talking about.
The image below was not altered in any way - it's a screen capture from the Doppler system.
NBC-2 even has video available at the link.
Speaking of weird, I just peeked at the Ajkdriowehg Edition of Open Trackbacks over at Point Five. Why did they call this edition Ajkdriowehg you ask? Go find out, silly!
October 25, 2005
Dodged a bullet here in Dade County. The storm blew in hard, I lost the power at about 7:30 am on Monday morning, along with the rest of Miami-Dade and Broward County.
I am luckier than most, the power came back about a half hour ago.
Damage is extensive in my neighborhood, trees down, roof tiles everywhere. I lost the car port, it blew up out of the ground and then crashed against the screened in patio. It was the best thing that could have happened, it provided the "third wall" on the patio and protected it from the winds. I was able to open all the windows and get some air, and I spent a good bit of time out there, watching the trees blow over.
One casualty was my mango tree, nothing left there but the main trunk and two branches. No great loss, I don't like mangos and I don't like the racoons that come to eat them. Bastards make the dog bark.
I had to dig the truck out, there was huge pile of tree branches behind it, but none on the truck itself. Talk about lucky!
The office is a disaster, went by this morning and the building was closed, the power was out and debris everywhere. Some water damage in one of the offices too. I'm hoping to get back to work tomorrow, the market waits for no one, and I'm concerned about my clients. I'd like to get back to regular life as soon as possible.
Laughing Wolf has a round up of how us Florida Bloggers weathered the storm.
October 24, 2005
Waking Up With Wilma
7:15 am UPDATE:
I have no internet as I write this, hoping it will come back on soon. Huge crash outside, and a few little crashes too, but I can't see anything. The wind is howling and the rain is pouring down, the power is going on and off like crazy. My poor puppy is completely traumatized, and he wants to go outside. I tried to let him out on the patio but he changed his mind when he saw what was going on out there. The bird is chattering like crazy, trying to tempt me to come and hold him. He's blowing kisses at me right now.
My adrenaline is squirting all over, I keep jumping up to look outside and I can't see anything. Something is crashing back and forth out there, I don't know what. I'm wishing for some shutters or some plywood right now, I wasn't planning on a category 3 storm.
6:00 am UPDATE: Thanks to the wine, I slept very well and woke up to Wilma. Lots of wind, and a good bit of rain. The power is going off and coming right back on, so far, so good. Still too dark to see much outside, the sky is an eerie kinda yellow color.
The 5:00 advisory says ...Wilma stronger and approaching the southwest coast of Florida...
...the center of Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 25.5 north...longitude 82.4 west or about 55 miles southwest of Naples Florida.
In spite of its very large ragged eye...Wilma has continued to intensify and based on Doppler and aircraft data...it is now a high-end Cat. 3...110-kt...hurricane.
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 20 mph and an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. On this track the center will make landfall along the southwestern Florida coast in a few hours and cross the southern Florida Peninsula later today. However this is a large hurricane and strong winds will be experienced well before the arrival of the center.
Well, we are defiinitely experiencing strong winds. As expected, she is stronger and moving faster. Landfall on the west coast is likely to be in the next half hour. The power is off in Miami Beach and Miami Lakes too, I hear. Its on and off here, and the internet was gone for a few minutes too.
October 23, 2005
Look.. up in the sky!
Okay, its official. SoFla is now under a hurricane warning. According to the local news:
At 4 a.m. CDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 22.1 north, longitude 86.6 west or about 40 miles north of Cancun, Mexico, and about 350 miles west-southwest of Key West, Fla.
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 3 mph, and an increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph, with higher gusts, making Wilma a Category 2 hurricane. It is expected to reach Florida on Monday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles.
Near as I can tell, she hasn't turned east yet. No telling where she'll land although most experts agree it will be somewhere near Lake Okeechobee. While that might sound good for SoFla, its really not since, if Wilma does in fact land north of SoFla, that means we get the strong side of the storm. Such is the way of the hurricane when it comes it from the Gulf.
Around here right now, its just another day. The sky around here is a uniform grey, and its still outside, very still. I haven't seen much rain, sprinkles mostly, but just a few miles north in Lauderdale, they have hip-deep flooding already.
I'll keep posting as long as I'm able, since Katrina didn't knock out the power, I'm hopeful that Wilma won't either.
Boudicca's Voice has a great post that sums up us Florida Bloggers, and a most excellent graphic of who is where, even if I'm not on it (yet?).
Other SoFla Hurricane bloggers are:
9:30 am UPDATE: For those of you who need it, the White Trash Hurricane Survival Kit...
9:54 am UPDATE: The sun is shining here in SoFla. Go figure. I'm joining the trackback parties today at Cao's Blog, Jo's Cafe, The Indepundit, Wizbang, Mudville Gazette, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Outside the Beltway and The Political Teen. Nothing like a bit of Hurricane Blogging and shameless self-promotion, eh? After all, they asked for it.
10:14 am UPDATE: As expected,
the worm, er, Wilma has turned and is now headed straight for SoFla.
A click on the pic will enlarge it, and it should update as we go along. I think I'll take a nap.
2:16 pm UPDATE: By 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Wilma had maximum sustained wind near 100 mph. It was centered about 240 miles west-southwest of Key West and was moving toward the northeast at about 12 mph.
Hurricane-force wind of at least 74 mph extended up to 70 miles out from the center, and wind blowing at tropical storm-force reached outward up to 200 miles.
Hurricane center Director Max Mayfield predicted Wilma would dramatically pick up speed later Sunday and its top wind speed would increase. "It's really going to take off like a rocket," he said. "It's going to start moving like 20 mph."
Is it my imagination, or is the wind picking up a bit? I think its my imagination since the forecast claims SoFla will start feeling the winds around midnight tonight.
I figured I didn't need no steenkin' plywood, nope, not me, but something spooked my neighbors and they are boarding up right now. I kinda feel left out.
Today's "Did you know" ... the Ibis is the mascot for the University of Miami Hurricanes because it is the last bird to leave when a hurricane is on its way.
4:00 pm UPDATE: Wilma is speeding up and could be here sooner than expected and stronger than expected. Circulation is expanding and the first squall is expected in the Keys within the hour. Category 3 conditions are possible in the SW Keys. Landfall anticipated to be between Ft Myers and Naples some time around daybreak. SoEFla expected to get Category 1-2 winds.
They say we will start feeling the storm around midnight, but I'm waiting for the 5:00 report. That might have changed by now.
4:30 pm UPDATE: From NBC6: Tropical storm-force wind was expected to begin lashing the state late Sunday and meteorologists said the heart of the storm was expected to roar across the state Monday. Tornados were possible over parts of the state through Monday and powerful storm surge flooding was expected on the southwest coast.
5:30 pm UPDATE: Looking at the Schooner Wharf Webcam and at the moment, it appears that reports of severe weather due to feeder bands has been overstated.
South Florida Webcams, some are live and streaming, some have a five minute delay. While they last...
South East Florida:
Right up the road from Linda Land, this is looking at the Atlantic Ocean on 163rd Street and A1A, North Miami Beach.
South West Coast:
7:40 pm UPDATE:
At 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Wilma was centered about 210 miles west-southwest of Key West and moving northeast at about 14 mph. Hurricane-force wind of at least 74 mph extended up to 85 miles from the center and wind blowing at tropical storm-force reached outward up to 230 miles, the hurricane center said.
As it neared Florida, Wilma's forward progress was expected to intensify. Tornado are all over Central Florida.
Forecasters said Wilma would approach Category 3 strength before making landfall.
Tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph ar expected late tonight, and the core of the hurricane is forecast to cut across Florida Monday at about up to 25 mph. "We anticipate heavy power outages and flooding," Gov. Bush said.
Waterspout spotted in Key West...
Rain and wind is getting serious down there and there is now a curfew to keep people off the street.
Nothing much to report here. The wind is picking up a bit here and there and then it goes quiet again. I just moved my truck next to the house and away from all the crap that my neighbor has piled up across the street, what a jackass. For me, its time for dinner, a nice warm bath, a glass of wine and a good book.
8:00 pm UPDATE:
...Wilma getting better organized and strengthening as it gradually accelerates northeastward toward Florida...
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 15 mph...24 km/hr. A continued northeastward motion... with a gradual increase in forward speed... is expected tonight and Monday. On this track...the center of Wilma is forecast to be near the southwestern coast of the Florida Peninsula early Monday morning. However...Wilma is a large system and tropical storm force winds will reach the Florida Keys and Florida Peninsula well before the eye makes landfall.
This link is the southern tip of Florida Radar, but you best have broadband.
8:30 pm UPDATE:
... Hurricane Wilma gradually accelerating toward extreme southwest Florida and continuing on track for a morning landfall...
... New information...
the tornado threat continues with reports of exploding transformers and flying debris in Mulberry. A Tornado Watch continues in effect for all of west central Florida from Citrus County southward until 1 am. The greatest threat during the next several hours will be from Tampa Bay northward with a second band of thunderstorms affecting Lee and Charlotte counties. Any tornadoes will be fast moving.
9:00 pm UPDATE:
Wilma is now only one mph short of being a category 3. The eye of the storm is very well formed. Reports in from Sugarloaf Key, 17 miles north of Key West, say conditions are deteriorating rapidly Its quietly windy here in North Miami Beach, no rain, no thunder, no lightening.
10:00 pm UPDATE:
... The center of the large eye of Hurricane Wilma was estimated by the NOAA Doppler Radar In Key West Florida near latitude 24.3 North...Longitude 83.8 West or about 130 mileS... 210 KM... West of Key West Florida and about 10 MILES... Southwest of Naples Florida.
Recent data from an Air Force Reserve Unit Reconnaissance Aircraft and from the NOAA Doppler Radar in Key West Florida indicate Wilma is very near Category Three...or major... Hurricane strength. If thunderstorms in the eyewell continue to persist and remain well organized... then Wilma will likely be upgraded to a category three
hurricane on the 11 pm advisory.
Sustained tropical storm-force winds are occurring over the lower Florida Keys... and are now within 40 miles of the Southwestern Florida Coast.
Tornado warning for Key West; probably a waterspout ready to come onshore. Serious rain down there.
Jeepers. Still quiet here.
...Wilma strengthens into a major category 3 hurricane... ...Tropical storm-force winds lashing the lower Florida Keys and western Cuba...
Dire warnings in Broward County.
Getting nervous here. I am in Dade, but really just over the Broward County line.
October 22, 2005
Title bar? Title bar? It took me like 5 minutes to figure out what the heck a title bar is.
Okay then. So, the latest news is that if Wilma does in fact land north of SoFla, that means we get the strong side of the storm. Such is the way of the hurricane when it comes it from the Gulf. Heavy rain from Wilma's outer bands is already causing hip-deep flooding in the Fort Lauderdale area, a full two days before Wilma is expected to barrel ashore from the Gulf of Mexico.
Might as well pimp the blog.
This just in
So, I'm finally back on line after BellSouth shut me off by mistake. What a pain that was, it took nearly 24 hours to get the button pushed or the switch thrown to restore my service, and that was on an expedited basis.
The bad news is that Wilma is still expected to head into Florida, but the good news for me is that Wilma is now believed to be heading a little further north. I have lots of friends further north though, so I am relieved as well as worried.
Still, they don't really know where she'll go and no matter where in Florida she lands, she's big enough to cause us problems here. South Florida updates can be found here, here, and here, if you're interested.
I'll be at O'Malley's on Hollywood Beach tonight, having mudslides and watching the ocean. Such is life in SoFla.
October 20, 2005
Guess I'll be a bit busy over the weekend...
At least we're above sea level.
October 18, 2005
MIAMI -- Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Wilma to become "an intense hurricane," which could end up threatening the Gulf Coast, with winds of more than 110 mph.
Wilma's top sustained winds are now 70 mph. The storm is spinning south of the Cayman Islands in the northwestern Caribbean, but it hasn't moved much in the past few hours. It's eventually expected to gradually turn to the west and northwest.
New models place the storm closer to western Cuba than Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Friday. The storm is forecast to then turn sharply in the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida.
Posted by LindaSoG at 07:28 AM
October 11, 2005
About that Global Warming...
A powerful storm that dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Colorado knocked out power Monday to thousands of people, closed an 80-mile stretch of a major highway and trigged rock slides in the foothills.
September 20, 2005
Its almost over
At least for me its almost over...
AT 5 PM EDT...2100Z...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS NORTH OF FLORIDA
CITY AND FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED.
SoFla dodges yet another storm. Whew.
September 19, 2005
How much does this suck?
It sucks plenty.
August 26, 2005
3:45 am Update
Katrina cut a path directly over my home, then took a little jig south before continuing west. The eye of storm emerged into the gulf about 30 minutes ago.
I woke about 3:00 am and took a look around. All seems to be well here. Lots of branches down, but none of them on my car. The wind is strong and steady. Rain is light.
Reports of 1.3 million without power, trees down and at least four deaths so far. Those who died were those who were foolish enough to be driving around in the middle of the storm. Some people lost their roofs.
I'm not out of it yet, the doppler shows we will get lots of rain over the next 12 hours. Too bad since, if the power is on, I am going to work in the morning. The market is open and so is my office.
August 25, 2005
The Eye of the Storm
No wonder its so quiet...
The really bad stuff will be coming soon...
Sucks Being Me...
7:00 pm and landfall is just a mile north of my house.
Its mighty quiet out there at the moment.
A few tree branches landed on my truck although I don't see that there's damage there. I moved the truck away from that stupid tree.
Debris all over the place, eerie yellow out there. light rain falling.
An injured bird is hopping around my back yard. He can't seem to get airborne any higher than about my waist height. I can't rescue him, he gets away too fast, and even if I can catch him, I can't bring him inside. I have to worry about my bird catching something from him.
This will have to be quick as I keep losing the internet connection and the power has flickered on and off a few times since I've been home. I expect I'll lose power soon.
There's lots of wind and rain. Lots of tree branches in the road already and the streets are flooded in places.
Weather reports say its gonna get a lot worse before it gets better so it looks like its gonna be a long hard night.
I do not have shutters on this house and boy do I wish I did.
Bleh. I'm shutting down now, gonna settle in and read a book.
July 08, 2005
It's That Time of Year
MIAMI -- Special Warnings: At 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties through 5 a.m. Saturday. The weather service has also issued a wind advisory (winds up to 35 mph) for all of South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, Glades and Palm Beach counties through 6 p.m. Saturday. There is a flash flood watch in effect through Sunday morning for all of South Florida including Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The next full hurricane advisory is at 5 p.m.
At the 2 p.m. intermediate advisory, Category 4 Hurricane Dennis weakened just slightly to top winds of winds 145 mph (gust speed not included in intermediate advisories). The pressure increased slightly to 941 millibars. Dennis is continuing to move northwest at 15 mph.
Its gonna be a wet weekend, the wind and rain have already started. Still, We're pretty lucky here. North west Florida is gonna get it much worse.
June 11, 2005
In case you were wondering...
Arlene passed us by here in SoFla. Quite a bit of rain, though.
Thanks to everyone who wrote with concerns.
June 10, 2005
Here comes Arlene
Tis the season...
Yup. Its gonna be a wet weekend for me.
January 24, 2005
Global Warming Alert
Current conditions in Linda Land:
The forecast for the rest of the day:
At least it ain't snowing!
Posted by LindaSoG at 08:19 AM
January 19, 2005
That does it!
Enough cold weather. I'm moving somewhere warm.
Posted by LindaSoG at 09:27 PM
September 03, 2004
Thank you Trike, for the poem:
The wind blew fiercely
as if Dragons roared hate
summer rains fall hard
Hidden in the clouds
they churn the sky in battle
winds tear the wet earth
The sea surges forth
leaping over the sea walls high
drowning the low land
The breath of their screams
hurls all before them now
reeds snap at their rage
Man flees before them
his place before their deep fury
howling winds sing rage
Nature feeds their wrath
off ocean heat and wet air
as the snow bird flees
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