First it was, well were going to seize your motorcycles and take your endorsement for 10 years if you go 50 miles over the speed limit while doing a "wheelie". But Don't ask us what a "wheelie" is because we don't know.
Now my thinking (and yes it does still hurt. My thinking that is) if you already got 20+ statutes on the books dealing with gangs and they ain't working, what the hell makes you think 4 more are going to make any difference. Now I will readily admit that I have not read all these bills. Just there names scare me. But I will. And I'm absolutely sure that that somehow someway they are going to address something that RICO laws left out. And you know what? Thats even scarier.
I can only guess (which is easier than thinking) is that in these times of economic crises that some counties have noticed the economic boon Jackson County, Fl. has experienced as a result of going into the discount prison business. First they took Bubba out of the peanut fields and sent them to school to teach them construction. Then after the prisons were built they sent them back to school to be "Prison Guards. Whoops, excuse me "Corrections Officers" (which is an ironic label considering Florida has been drastically cutting back on successful
rehabilitation programs so as to keep more folk in prison in order to keep unemployment down).
Now we all know that nature abhors a vacuum (yepper thats true. ask your PE, politically exceptional, teacher). So if the state builds a bunch of prisons they aren't going to let them stand empty. And if we can not get re-offenders to re-offend quick enough to keep the economy stable there ain't but one thing to do. Create more laws to insure a never ending supply of lawbreakers! Thats why they refer to it as the "Prison Industry" and yes, they have lobbyists too.
So parents if you did not read this, please have your kids read it so they will have something for show and tell tomorrow. The sucking sound you hear is the state at the bottom of the map draining off freedoms instead of swamps. FLORIDA, THE SUNSHINE STATE (if you ever see it).
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You know Im' getting pretty jaded. I know longer know who I'm most afeared of? Them there terrorists or them there fella's what supposed to protect us from them? But the government has spent a bit of energy trying to shut the folk below up.
Consider for a moment that your government has engaged in widespread spying on Americans' phone calls and emails. Consider further that many of this nation's telecommunications companies knowingly helped the government with this surveillance.
Now how would you feel if these telecommunications companies were granted complete immunity against lawsuits brought by customers whose privacy rights were violated?
We hope you feel -- as we do -- that this would be entirely inappropriate. If you do, we urge you to take a minute and send an email to your U.S. senators before they vote on this issue as early as tomorrow (January 24).
Take action by clicking on the following link:
Starting in 2001, the Bush administration's National Security Agency engaged in a massive warrantless wiretapping program in violation of our Constitution. The administration blatantly ignored laws and procedures under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) designed to protect the privacy rights of citizens.
The government could not have conducted this warrantless surveillance without assistance from the nation's telecommunications companies, which willingly -- and, quite likely, illegally -- turned over customer records to the government. The claims by these companies that they were acting in the best interests of the country in order to enhance national security have been undermined by recent reports that government wiretaps have been cut off by the very same companies when the government failed to pay its bills on time.
It seems the telecommunications companies care more about their profits than our protection.
The U.S. House has already passed an update to FISA that does NOT include immunity for the telecommunications companies. As the Senate considers its own legislation, it is imperative that it exclude immunity, as well.
Please convey this message to your two senators by clicking on the following link:
Thank you for taking action.
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What do you do when a president (lack of capitalization intentional) and his comrades intentionally lie to lead your sons and daughters into war? Say, "oh jeez, I'm sorry but after all we only made 935 KNOWN lies, um excuse me mistakes".
How many people could you or I accidentally kill before the charge went from unintentional manslaughter to premeditated murder?
How dare I speak that way about the president of the United States of America that way?
Read the following: The Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit news organization devoted to transparent, honest reporting on public issues, has issued a new report outlining what it terms "deceptions" by the Bush administration surrounding the war in Iraq. The report cites 935 instances of public deception surrounding the war in Iraq by the President and his closest officials. The Center for Public Integrity has compiled all 935 recorded deceptions into a browsable and searchable database available at their website.
and more at:
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Sent: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 8:31 am
Subject: RE: SB 828
Senator Bennett will withdraw this legislation. That will take place early March.
Cheryl R. Ennis
Chief Legislative Aide
Senator Michael S. "Mike" Bennett
3653 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, Fl 34210
216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe St.
Re: SB 828
It is with great regret that I note that our Florida legislators have taken up the Washington banner of interfering with the individual rights and responsibilities of it's citizens. Maybe our state legislators have been so busy crafting new laws that they have not yet noticed the deteriorating public confidence in our elected officials. In part, I suspect, due to our lawmakers increasingly involving themselves in micromanaging our private affairs instead of attending to the issues of state.
Despite the fact that this action does little to address the escalating casualty rate on the Killing Fields we refer to as our public highways, this is a prime example of how, when government gets an inch, it wants a mile.
You started with seatbelts. Then you moved on to airbags. Then children's seats in automobiles continuing to believe the nanny state philosophy that one can "fix" the consequences without addressing the cause. The cause of fatalities, dear sirs is not seatbelts, airbags, child seats, helmets, or motorcycles. The cause of the increasing fatality rates is the increasing irresponsibility of the people who operate motor vehicles on our highways with little fear of being experiencing significant consequences, even after killing somebody.
The European Union and United Kingdom have finally recognized this part of the behavior and have been aggressively addressing driver behavior, with to date, promising results.
I challenge you to survey the individual parents in your districts. Not with the question, "should children under 12 be allowed on motorcycles", but with the question, "would you like the government to be in charge of parenting your children?"
Considering the behavior of children of some of our elected officials, I find it hard to fathom how they might feel they have the wisdom to govern ours. We will be watching closely and publishing those who vote against parents rights.
"Let Freedom Reign"