Rick Scott : Keeping his head down?


Official photo of Florida Governor Rick Scott
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I was watching one of those anti-Romney adds….  You know the one: they are talking about Mitt Romney and how, they say, the Damon Corp.  cheated medicare out of millions of dollars while he was in charge.  They show his face on the left side, and as they talk it slowly morphs into Skeletor, uh, no, that’s not right.  Yes, its Florida Gov. Rick Scott who face finally emerges..

I read in the paper that our dear Gov. has a %30 approval rating…  I wondered, as soon as I had seen the ad just what Rick Scott thought of the idea that his face can be used to scare voters, and small children.

I have always thought that you should give the Devil his due, or in this case the Governor.  Somewhere around %20 of FLorida voters put him in office.  So when you look around at 100 Floridians in a room think that something like 60 of them did NOT vote for anyone, a little over half of the ones who did voted picked Scott.  So a little more than 20 of those people put him into office.

He got into office with the promise of 700,000 jobs being created over, what, 7 years?  Where are they?

He has tried to get the legislature to slash laws that govern business, and has found that even some of thosebusiness leaders said those laws were needed.  Think about business you deal with where a license is required, and then think of the license requirment,  and background checks, being eliminanted.

To give you an example.  It was just a few years ago that we heard how Doctors did not want to be subjected to Fingerpring checks like common criminals.  Why would we need to know who they were?  Why would we need to know he had a license?  Maybe because they write prescriptions for drugs, and we don’t want a drug pedler to just move into the state and hide the fact that he lost his license, in the other state, for selling drugs, or presciptions, like a common criminal.

Does your child’s bus driver have a license?  Did they lose it in another state?  Were they child abusers in that other state?   Yes we need those laws that set out what kind of people can hold jobs, and how much they have to know to do that job.

We need those laws  just like we need to have local control of zoning requirments, which is one of those thing our Govener would like to do away with.

Now for some of that “the devil his due”.  Yes, he has accepted federal funds from program he did not agree with, like the stimulus pack, but, even if the money should not have been spent, it came from our taxes so why should we turn it down just because those people in Washington were just throwing it around like confetti?.

Some people condemed him for not snapping up the funds for the speed rails, at least not right a way.  Rick Scott pointed out that he wanted to know that the money promised would really be there.  Sure they promised millions of dollars for high speed rail but, promises and acts are two different things.  What if we had gone ahead and started on it, and suddenly found that no one had raised the money.  Would those organization who were ready to take the money, and build high speed rail, get stuck for a the bill?

Even Scott deserves some credit, though I hope, in the next state election, that the people of Florida would show a little, a let, more interest in who runs the state.  In the meantime he keeps his head down, and maybe he won’t do too much damage to our soiled reputation.

Thank you.

Family Values? Newt Gingrinch?


Family Values
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Figuring which Republican would be the best President is rather hard.  In this day and age it seems to be expected that they will lie. You might have the political ad that “mostly” tells the truth, with the main thrust of which is said to be a falsehood.  The there are the ads put out by these groups who hide behind Action committees which are totally false.

The paper today tells about how it is estimated that Newt Gingrich will win Florida with the support of the Evangelicals and their support of Family Values….  So what are Family Values?

The first thing I would think of would be marriage, and raising a family.  That would be a man and a woman raising their family according to their values.  Parents teaching their offspring about RIGHT and WRONG.  Like why it is WRONG to lie, steal, or hurt other people.  These are not just Family Values but, they are the kind of values that are needed to keep a society on the path to growth.  At one time Marriage was seen to be an institution that was for life, and divorce was frowned upon, and was seen as a liability to public office as the divorced politician considered to be someone who could not keep his family together.  Somewhere along the path to where we are divorce has gotten to be accepted, and a divorced politician is just looked upon as another person who failed at love.  Marriage, and the marriage oath, have lost some of the meaning they once had.

I look at New Gingrich, who is appealing to the Religious Conservative, and wonder what this all says about him.  He is in his THIRD marriage, the first two of which he cheated on with women he subsequently married.  So he had TWO wedding where he lied to God.  Is that something that we would want to teach our children?

Sure he says he as repented, and will be forgiven by God, or Jehovah, but, in the meantime, and thing about this, if he has lied to Jehovah twice what makes us believe he is NOT lying to US now.

For those of you who do NOT believe marriage is sacred he might be a great candidate for President, though you might not be able to tell when he is telling the truth but, for the rest, these little slips might just indicate that he is a poor example of Integrity.

For the chief executive of our country I would expect a certain amount of Integrity, and I don’t think we will find it in New Gingrich.

That Joe Guy.

What do Politician have in common with a Vampire, or Roach.


Official logo of Sarasota, Florida
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Or maybe the better question would be : What do Roaches and Vampire have in common the Politicians…I don’t know about you but, the first thing that come to my mind is Light.  You go into a room, and turn on the light.  What happens to the Politicians, uh, I mean the Roaches?  They head for the darkness.  With Vampires, of course it has to be Sunlight, or maybe its Ultra Violet light, but they will do the same, and scurry back to their holes.

What if we could do the same with Politicians?  In Florida we have the Sunshine Law, which we expect to make the working of government transparent….  though, as with many things they do, there are loopholes in the law..  For example:  The Herald-Tribune reports that a representative from Sylint, a forensic computer company, is giving city commissioners  one-on-one briefings about a report dealing with the search of two computers belonging to the top two administrators in Sarasota.  A possible breach of the Sunshine Law that requires government business be conducted in the open.  It is normally held that a meeting of more then two persons that deals with government business, would require a public hearing, so they do it with one at a time in an effort to keep this information from going public.

On a national scale we often find that groups who fund attack ads are increasingly hiding behind PACs, in and effort to hide who is doing the slandering.  While there are a number of sites that will examine claims made by these attack ads, and grade the accuracy of these claim, it appears that people are more likely to accept the claim that follow their view point, rather than take the time to determine if they are in fact true.

As voters we need to take the time to determine the truth for ourselves and not just depend on the views of unknown organizations.  My favorite example of this is : During the late 1980s there was a movement in Sarasota County to implement a 2 year building moratorium, during which a groups called the Argus Foundation came out against the moratorium, all the while saying they were a objective panel of experts.  This group did not point out that it was made up of the very people who had the most to gain from the failure of the moratorium, the real estate, chambers of commerce, banker, and builders.  The moratorium failed, and as far as I can tell this was due to people accepting the opinion of the Argus Foundation, rather than what common sense would tell them was going on.

Lets not just accept what people say, like this article  but, look at everything and determine, for ourselves, if they are in OUR interest.

The kind of government we vote into office is the kind we deserve, and it is our responsibility to vote for the right people.

Thank you for reading this,

That Joe Guy.

Beware of Scammers using EBay motors…


We had a recent close call with some scammers using Ebay Motors.

It started out with my brother, who lives in Colorado, trying to find a used Motorhome…  he did, and this is what he found… a 2000 Fleetwood Jamboree.  The idea was to have a vehicle that would allow him to visit us here in Florida.  He has a number of dogs that would HAVE to come with him, as it would normally take several weeks to make the trip.

This all sounded good, and over the next several days he dealt with a Gianni Simone..  well here is a portion of the first email.

Hello,

The Fleetwood is still available for sale. It’s a 2000 Fleetwood JAMBOREE RALLYE, 8 – Cyl., White, 29.5′ feet, 28,180 miles, automatic, single owner, extremely clean camper, locks and seats, sound system, clean title and no accidents.  I just changed the generator oil and filter. All the maintenance have been performed to the Fleetwood dealer only. As for the engine oil, i always used Amsoil Premium 10W-40W, i know that it’s the best for my RV. No leaks from rain, no damage on the camper, ALL SYSTEMS 100% WORKING.
I’m the owner and the camper is paid off. My father worked at Fleetwood Motor Homes of California and had access to the employee store. Now the I’m located in Lake Havasu City, AZ and the RV is with me. The reason i’m selling it is that i need some money to buy a new house, we want to move in Phoenix. I just got promoted with my job and i need to move to my new office in Phoenix.
If you are interested and you have the funds available you can buy it on ebay by hitting Buy it Now button and complete the process.  Also on ebay you will find more pictures and more details/specifications about the RV.

http://shop.cgi.ebay.com.2000-Fleetwood-JAMBOREE-RALLYE-29feet-one-owner-98549804.clean-interior.net/2O4EMUTNQ9.html?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4aaa9ee66d&ht_19155wt_1165&ebay_id=EwyoCbwjNlUIscTU&cfg=rev&fln=1&_mqf=0&_qfkw=1&file=home

I’ll be able to arrange shipping if needed at my expenses, but i want to close the sale trough ebay to secure our deal, because it protects both buyer and seller.

Many thanks,
Gianni Simone

It seemed to be a great deal, though he wanted $1,000 or $2000 upfront..  A deal was worked out to purchase the vehicle through the Ebay Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) plan..  That sounded good.  The idea was that we would wire transfer the money to  Payment must be submitted via Bank Wire Transfer to an
eBay Financing Center Agent in charge of this transaction. Below is a portion of the instructions.

eBay
agent details

Account
Name:
Marshall
Jonathan Christian
Address: 107 SE trail
Spicewood,
TX 78669
Bank
Name:
American
Bank of Texas N.A.
Account
Number:
469567
Account
Routing:
114909220
Bank
Address:
418
N Hyw 281, Marble Falls, Tx
78654
  •     1.  Contact your bank to make a money transfer to our eBay agent.
  •     2.  Make the payment with cash using our agent details as
    receiver.
  •     3. E-mail us the following details from the payment receipt:
    • Transfer number
    • Name of bank sending payment
    • Date of transfer
    • Exact Amount Sent
  •     4. Send us the copy of the payment receipt through fax at:    1 (408) 649-5222
* Once we
receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the
shipping. We will hold the payment details until you send us your confirmation
that you are satisfied with the product you received. As soon as we receive your
confirmation we will release the payment details to the
seller.

Once the funds been sent to this account the suller would then ship the product…  and once my brother had looked at it, and accepted it, he would let ebay know, and they would relase the funds to the seller..  sounds like a good deal to me, and safe too. 

On Tuesday Mom and I checked with my brother, and headed to Bank of America to send the funds.  It was just like one of those movies.  As they young lady at the bank was getting ready to send the funds out cell phone rang.  When we were able to get in touch with my brother his first words were, “do not send the money, its a fraud”.  It seems he had contacted Ebay and had been told it was NOT a valid sale…  The young lady at the BoA was able to stop the transfer, and so the story pretty much ended on a good note….

Take this to heart…  The scammers are getting more sophisticated all the time..  several of the email that my brother sent me looked, as far as I could tell, as if they had come from Ebay.

PS..  I have found that if you put the sellers Email address into google, gias80@aol.com you can find at least 4 more cars that he has listed…  There also seems to be another Email account connected to him, gias880@gmail.com but, I have not gotten any information about who that is either…    As far as I know we have not gotten anymore communication from Gianni Simone about the aborted transaction so I would assume, there is that word, that, whoever he is, he has no defence.

 

What do they do?


I have, to a degree, been following the scandal associated with the Procurement policies of the Sarasota Country Government…

The scandal seems to have broken out with the arrest of a county employee, by the name of Rodney Jones, for taking kickbacks from the Chaz Equipment Co.  It seems that Mr. Jones used a process called Piggybacking so that the Chaz Equipment Co., who had a contract with Del Ray Beach, would not have to go through a bid process and thus they save a good chunk of money.

It soon came out that there were a number of times when employees used the County Credit cards so that the bid process could be avoided.

Contractors, who lost out in the bidding process, complained to the Country commissioners, who pass the complaints to Jim Ley, the country administrator, who started a policy of charging $2,000 for the Contractors to file complaints.  Then the complains were not investigated.

When Karen Rushing, as Clerk of Court, sent the commission the results of audit, or suggestions on how to fix problems, they were shuffled off to Jim Ley, who would blow them off.

We have a new County administrator now but, the question I ask is this: What do they do?