Toxic Growth?


In Southwest Florida the challenge seems to be in limiting the growth to what can be sustained by infrastructure.  More and more we hear about large developments being planned  but, where are the plans to expand the water supplies, the road networks, the school system or even jobs for the newcomers?

We have to trust that out elected representative will be there to control this growth, and keep it at a manageable level.

Then there is, as the real-estate people say, location, location, location, which of course means where they build.  In the area near where I live the question has come up about Toxic materials in the ground that were left over from landfills.  This is the in area of the old Foxfire Golf course, where Medallion Homes will be building the Waverley subdivision.

Medallion Homes is owned by Carlos Beruff, who is running for the Senate, and who was appointed to the SouthWest Water Management District by, I believe Charlie Crist, and then, some time later, resigned from that with his last official act being to OK the plans by one of his fellow developers, even though, as reports say, various boards recommended against it.

He has also had problems with Chinese Drywall which was put into a large portion of the homes he build…  The Rip Off Report has this to say.  When the question came up about remediation he said the cost would break the company, and refused to do it..  The Sarasota Herald Tribune has this to say.

To further muddy the waters the area they are building on, at the future Waverley site has a number of unlined landfills, which the county would rather not test, even though there have been indication that toxic chemicals, may be able to spread in the water table..

If you are curious about this, and want to know just what the fuss is all about, then you should go to the Foxfire West site and see what they have to say.  From where I am sitting it looks to me that the developers are winning and the people getting sick, both of it and from it.

Now I have singled out Carlos Beruff but, I am sure he is not the only one who gets away with pulling tricks.  Like developers who lay waste to wetlands but to stick more houses into an area.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

 

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Cops : what do we pay them for?


We keep hearing about people being shot by police.  Usually we hear about these shootings because the person shot was black, and the immediate response by the civil rights people and press is that he was shot because he was black.  This does  happen.

Yes, there are “some” cops who will shoot just because the suspect is black.  He might feel threatened by the person’s skin color, as he expects blacks to be violent felons.  He might not have been well trained, with little continuing training, in the first place.

Some Law Enforcement departments have rather intensive training, continuous, on the “use of force policy”.  Sometimes they use projected images of confrontations where the person being tested shoots at a projection screen.  Some use a version of paintball bullets that allows them to use their service weapon.  There are many different ways and you can find some of them displayed on youtube.  The nearest I have seen of this is that, when we were doing Security Police Qualification Course (SPQC) you would run in place for 30 or 40 seconds, or until you were breathing heavily.  This was an attempt to simulate the effect of an adrenaline rush in the blood.  The heavy breathing would play hell with your aim, as you tried to control your breathes in order to steady your arms..

The average Law Enforcement officer will, statistically, never fire his weapon off the firing range but, others might never know when it is going to be required.  It could happen on-duty, or off-duty as some departments view cops as always cops and so are required to carry a weapon at all times.

Years ago, there was a book called “Deadly Routine” which explained that sometime the officer’s duties, such as traffic stops, get to be so routine that they get careless and might not see the signs of danger until it is too late.

When an officer pulls over a vehicle, even for just speeding, he does not know if that person will just accept the ticket, argue over the ticket, or be a felon who pulls a weapon.  NO CALL is SAFE, and each situation may bring danger.  Arresting a husband, in a domestic fight, could result in the officer being attacked by the victim.  Cops chasing down a hit and run driver, who happened to be black, have been attacked by people who just saw what they assumed was the officers as attacking a man, for no reason they saw, for simply being black..

We could not pay them enough to do all the jobs we expect of them.  In addition to enforcing the law, knowing which laws would apply, being considerate of our constitutional rights, dealing with homeless people, people with mental problems, people with physical limitations, such as being deaf, or even people who do not speak English, and we expect them to do this in an environment where someone will decide that the officer did something wrong.

Take this situation:  a man is seen crawling into the window of a house, and reported by neighbors as a possible burglar.  Police arrive and enter the house, where they find a black male who refuses to identify himself and loudly accused them of racial profiling,so they arrest him for “disorderly conduct”. He turned out to be a Harvard Professor.  President Obama even got into the act by, while admitting that he did not know the particular facts, accusing the Police Sargent of “racial profiling” and “acting stupidly”.  Thus proving himself guilty of the very things he had accused the white Sargent of…

Mistakes happen and we expect the officer to know when to pursue a course of action and when to back off, all the while knowing that any mistake he makes is bound to be interpreted as “abuse of authority”.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

Who says our only choice is Trump/Clinton..


I don’t like either candidate.  Clinton looks like someone who has a chance of being the safes president in U. S. History..  that would be because the Secret Service will be guarding her in her prison cell.. he he.

If that happened to Trump he would just build a new prison, name it after himself, offer to manage it for the government,and move in to the Trump Cell Block Wing, you have to have extra space for the Secret Service and their hookers.

The last number of election cycles has seen a polarization of values as the left leans further left and the right leans further right..  as adherence to party policy is considered to be more important than representing the people.

Just for example, not really meaning to single him out, Joe Gruters, once the head of the Sarasota County Republican party, tried to get a resolution passed saying the Republicans would cut off Republicans who supported anyone from another party.  This attempt came about after two prominent local Republican figures endorsed a Democratic candidate for the Sarasota County School board.  The reason given was that the Democratic candidate had education experience while the Republican candidate, who had been appointed to the job by Gov. Rich Scott, had no prior experience, other than having been a student.  The resolution did not go anywhere but, it showed that Joe Gruters, and some Republicans, considered party affiliations to be more important then job qualification.

For years we have been told that the only logical choice to represent us had to come from either the Democratic, or Republican, Party..  For a lot of people this is easier to do than having to research a candidate’s position, or to fact check his opponents attacks.

The Libertarian Party is now trying to get it’s candidate, Gary Johnson, into a position where he has a chance of being included in the upcoming debates.  Gary Johnson, the ex-Governor of New Mexico, would offer an alternative choice to voters, like me, who are getting tired of the partisan mud slinging that goes on.

I would like to see more policy discussions about changes that the candidate could really implement..  As an example, Hillary Clinton told one group that she would stop companies going overseas by imposing an “exit tax”..  Could it be that she plans to bypass congress, who has sole authority over taxes, by using “Executive Orders”?

Whatever your belief about any given topic, or policy, you should have a choice other than the extreme right or left..  The political parties seem to have the idea similar to the quote from Henry Ford, which talking about the color of his cars, “they can have any color they want, as long as they want black”.  We need to convince the parties that we want more selection than just the one color, and other parties, such as the Libertarian Party, can offer that.

The people you elect will represent you.  Do you look in the mirror and see Clinton or Trump?  You should be able to pick someone who is closer to your own beliefs than the cookie cutter approach of the two parties.

What if the only choices in Ice Creme were Vanilla or Chocolate and you liked Rocky Road?  Would you just settle for buying one of those, or would you look to a store that sold Rocky Road?

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

They Walk among us..


nfrom Chris Murphy 01634 686 515nA church pastor has been savaged after launching a bitter attack on the gay community in Orlando hours after the Pulse club horror.nHe took to his pulpit to spit hate, saying: "Hey, are you sad that 50 paedophiles were killed today? No ... I think that's great. I think that helps society.  I think Orlando, Florida's a little safer tonight."nAs if that wasn't enough, in front of his believers, he later added: "It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man.n"The tragedy is that more of them didn't die."nIt happened in Sacramento, California, and it didn't take long for others to launch their own attacks on Pastor Roger Jimenez sermon of spite.nA link on his church's Facebook page, Verity Baptist Church,  directs viewers to the hour long sermon on YouTube.nFor members of Sacramento's LGBTQ community, religious freedom is sacred, but leaders feel a vile line has been crossed.n"We as the gay community support you should be able to worship as you see fit, but it's when you use the pulpit to incite violence or demean or discredit another class of people, just utter disgust," Donald Bentz, executive director of Sacramento's LGBTQ Community Center told local news station FOX40.nJimenez was contacted at his church, on the phone and at his home Monday but has not yet made a comment.nPastor Jimenez used passages in the Bible from Judges 19:22, Genesis 4:1 and Romans 1:27 to back up his points.nBut Mr Bentz countered that saying: "Most of those texts were originally written into Hebrew, translated into Greek, translated into Latin, translated into old English, new English and then back to English and every author that did the translations subjected them to the social mores of their time."nPastor Jimenez called the victims "predators".n"To know that this man's church is within driving distance of my home and where I work and where I'm walking at night, and his congregation members are out on the street, it's very scary," Mr Bentz told Fox40.nEven Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson took to Twitter to express his feelings, saying: "The hateful comments made by a preacher in Sacramento do not reflect Christian values and have no place in our society."nTo see the key points of the sermon go here and watch the Fox40 videonhttp://fox40.com/2016/06/13/sacramento-baptist-pastor-applauds-orlando-shooting/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=linknendsnn

I am starting this entry on Tuesday the 14th of June.

As you will know by now, over 50 people where killed Sunday morning at the Pulse night club in Orlando Fla.  The nightclub in question is a hangout for the LGBT set.

I am not going into the legitimacy of the gay community, I don’t think they are normal, or bad, they just are.

Here is an interesting Link to an L.A.Times article

We know about the idea of Radical Islam, though President Obama seems to have a hard time with the concept.. but, so we ever consider the other side of that coin?  Radical Christians?  Not really..

According to the  Washington Post: Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento told his congregation that Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.”

Add to that the Westberro Baptist Church saying, after the Boston Marathon bombing, “Thank God for Bombers”, and you might wonder if the description “radical Baptist” might be in order..

I want to say again, I do not think homosexuality is normal, or any combination of it, but that, is my personal opinion and I would not inflict it on anyone..

Hate speech is just that “Hate Speech” and just because they have to title Iman or Reverend on their name does not make it any less so..

That is one thing that President Obama should be able to understand after having listened to the Reverend Wright for 20 years..

For centuries society had defined marriage as between a man and woman, then the MIBs, Men in Bathrobes, decided that a marriage ban violated their rights to something, and declared marriage open to all.

I might not agree with homosexuality but that is their bussiness, not mine, and to say “kill the sodomites” is hate speech of the type that should be condemmed as we comdem those who say “kill the infidels”.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

Three more of Carlos Beruff’s U.S. Senate opponents speak out on his “animal” remark – Florida Politics


Three more opponents of Florida GOP Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff are criticizing him after it was reported Sunday that he referred to President Obama as “an animal” while speaking in front of a group of St. John’s County Republicans last week. “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK — seven […]

Source: Three more of Carlos Beruff’s U.S. Senate opponents speak out on his “animal” remark – Florida Politics

 

I don’t like either of these guys..  The President because, he seems to have spent the last couple of years doing his best to RUIN this country..

and Carlos Beruff because he shows a lack of civility and couth, which, as far as I can see, places him in the same group with the barbarians..  I do not care if he was saying the animal bit because President Obama is black, or not, that was a rude, uncivil comment, that says more about him than it does President Obama..   I don’t want someone like that to represent me in the Senate,

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.