Well, we all knew that it was too good to be true. The fact that the Campus Carry Bill made it through several committees on the Representative side in Tallahassee did not mean it would make it through the Senate. It was pulled from it’s most recent committee agenda which meant it did not even get a vote. Go figure!!!
Please read this article in the Sunshine State News-
“The lies involved in the stalling of this bill are unfortunate and despicable,” Rebekah Hargrove, president of Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State University, said in a statement. “Sen. Diaz de la Portilla is simply too afraid to have his name associated with a divisive bill, even though he has previously claimed to be a supporter of the Second Amendment.”
May all other Governors follow her example- Gov Martinez of New Mexico just signed a new law that severely curtails the illegal seizure of an individuals property under the Civil Forfeiture Laws. There is a bill this legislative session in Tallahassee, maybe our elected officials can do the same.
From The Daily Signal- Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool enabling authorities to seize property permanently if the property is allegedly related to a crime. However, at the state and federal level numerous examples of abuse have come to light in recent years, and various states (and the District of Columbia) have ramped up due process protections for property owners.
Wow, this so called Republican Senator from the Sarasota area sure has an ax to grind with Americans For Prosperity (AFP). Senator Jack Latvala also showed his dislike for many in the grassroots.
You also have to love the threat at the end of the YouTube clip. It would be funny if not for the power that OUR elected officials yield. I personally like the Americans For Prosperity organization, and yes, I like the Koch brothers and Koch Industries.
I thought the AFP rep did a good job dealing with the attack.
Many of you may remember the passion that KrissAnne Hall exhibited when she spoke at a Gainesville Tea party meeting several years ago. She now travels the country teaching about the Constitution and our Founding Fathers. Please read her article on the fiasco that is evolving in Indiana. I agree with what she has to say and comes closest to talking about Individual Freedom when no one else will.
“The Indiana law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is intended to give citizens protection from federal coercion and encroachment upon religious conscience. It is intended specifically to protect conscientious objectors from participating in acts contrary to their religiously held beliefs and to allow them to seek relief against the violators of their religious conscience. In truth there is a flaw in this apparently well-intended law-
Click for full article-
Please follow this easy link to contact your FL Senator about an upcoming vote on Common Core. We defer to the grassroot experts who have been studying common core and oppose the Senate Bill 616.
Let’s face it, all you had to do was read the title and you knew this was going to be a another ridiculous example of our Higher Academia. While campuses are debating whether the American flag should be flown or ROTC should even have a presence, they are doing a great job protecting those poor young men and women who get offended or mentally damaged by encountering anything they view as offensive.
So if you have a few moments to read the following two articles, please do. Like me I am sure you will be disgusted, but once again, it is the American public that allows this to go on.
As a disclaimer, this picture could be a woman or a man-
From the NY Times-
Safe spaces are an expression of the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being “bombarded” by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints. Think of the safe space as the live-action version of the better-known trigger warning, a notice put on top of a syllabus or an assigned reading to alert students to the presence of potentially disturbing material.
Click for full article-(you may have to open twice as the first time it may ask you to subscribe) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=1
From Reason Magazine-
The Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a bill March 16 to create an online system to report microaggressions, which sponsors of the bill said will create a more conducive environment for victims to speak about microaggressions.
The bill, sponsored by Class of 2018 senator Angela Pradhan, calls for the implementation of a campus-wide online system to report microaggressions to “make Ithaca College a safer, more inclusive and diverse community for all students.”
Pradhan said the online system would fill what she sees as a lack of an adequate system to report microaggressions.
“I know a lot of senators are working on microaggression stuff within their respective schools, but I felt that there was a need for something to happen schoolwide,” Pradhan said. “And if there was a concrete way to document [microaggressions] online, it would provide students a way to kind of state what’s going on.”
The system would allow individuals reporting microaggressions to remain anonymous. However, junior Kyle James, vice president of communications and co-sponsor of the bill, said those reporting a microaggression would likely have to reveal their identity if they wanted to pursue any legal action.
Click for full article- http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/25/anonymous-online-geo-system-to
We are so doomed!!
Legislative Shoot-out Expected in the U.S. SenateWithin the next 72 hours, gun owners should expect votes in the U.S. Senate on:* Outlawing ATF bullet bans
* Concealed Carry Reciprocity
* Prohibiting Senate anti-gun amendments.We expect more gun-related showdowns in the next 72 hours than in the next 9 months combined. At least 5 gun-related amendments are expected on the Budget Resolution — a once-a-year vehicle that gives senators an opportunity to get hundreds of votes on any issue they choose.
And at least five senators have chosen to get votes on guns.
We have already told you about the Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point — which has been used by Eric Holder to try to financially strangle the gun industry.
But there are other amendments as well:
* An amendment by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and David Vitter (R-LA) to prohibit ATF from banning bullets — in the way it tried to do with AR-15 ammunition;
* Another amendment by Senator Inhofe to block any and all funding for the implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty;
* An amendment by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to prohibit any more anti-gun amendments in the Senate — be they semi-auto bans, magazine bans, universal gun registries, etc. — unless anti-gunners get more Senate votes than they will ever conceivably be able to achieve;
* And there is an amendment to prohibit the ATF from copying 4473′s and using them to compile a national gun registry; and another one to push national concealed carry reciprocity — in a way that allows residents of “constitutional carry” states to carry without asking “May I?” from the government first.
It is critically important that you chime in with respect to all of these amendments.
One final point: If you read the amendments, they are filled with “budgety” language about “reserve funds,” and so forth. But the important thing to know is that this is an exercise in freezing in pro-gun votes. We killed UN Arms Trade Treaty with a budget amendment like these. And, once we freeze in our headcounts, we can stick these same amendments onto the non-filibusterable reconciliation bill — or on the appropriations bills when they begin to move in a couple of months.
But if you hate bullet bans — or if you like national concealed carry reciprocity — or if you want to permanently preclude anti-gun amendments in the Senate — now is the time to make your voice heard.
Please join other freedom loving patriots who will be attending a free speech by Jacob G. Hornberger of The Future of Freedom Foundation. This Wednesday 3/18/15 from 3-5pm.
Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch.
Click Here For Event Info- http://fff.org/event/libertarian-angle-live-santa-fe-college/
The only way that John Boehner can continue to be the Speaker and sell us down the river is that this is what the establishment wants (Both Parties) and the Republican voters are just fine with it.
Thank you to Congressman Yoho for voting against that atrocious clean bill to fund Obama’s DHS and immigration order. Needless to say, Congressman Yoho will be targeted again by the establishment and the likes of Karl Rove. Nothing new here. Please read the following articles and realize that this is a very grave situation we are now in.
Nothing has changed for John Boehner. When he kept hold of the speaker’s gavel fewer than 60 days ago, his advisers and close allies said the worst was behind them. He now had the largest Republican majority in eight decades. He had moderates willing to back him up. And he had a partner in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who would bolster Boehner in his battles against President Barack Obama. So what happened? Why no fight for what the entire November election was about?
From Western Journalism-
The debate is over, the impasse is broken, the Republicans have caved, and Obama has been handed a huge victory in the fight over total funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including a provision to proceed with executive amnesty.
The House has approved the “clean” bill to fully fund DHS.
Buried amid the avalanche of news coverage of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was an agreement by House Speaker John Boehner that could forever alter the landscape of American political power.
From Sunshine State News-
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., was put on notice on Tuesday by a Republican group that his vote on funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was being watched.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was successful in his efforts to get the U.S. Senate’s plan to fund DHS without an attempt to push back against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration — letting around 5 million illegals stay in the U.S. without fear of being deported — through Congress
It is sooooo easy to cave so THANKS AGAIN Congressman Yoho.
Yes, amazingly this is still an issue-
ALERT! Carrying Firearms During Mandatory Evacuation
FROM: Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President
SB-290, Firearms/Emergency Evacuation by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 1:00PM.
SB-290 is a bill to protect citizens from being disarmed and charged with a crime for carrying a weapon or firearm during a mandatory evacuation ordered by the Governor or local government during a declared state of emergency.
WHY DO WE NEED SB-290?
When you’re ordered under a mandatory evacuation to take your family, pets and important documents and leave your home and other belongings behind, you should be not be deprived of the ability to protect yourself and your family. You should not be denied the right to take your firearms with you rather than leave them behind for looters. This bill is especially important for law-abiding people in a state that is prone to evacuations due to hurricanes. This bill is about your safety and the safety of your family. Read the bill here: SB-290 Emergency Evacuation
Please EMAIL Committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT SB-290
IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT: SUPPORT SB-290 on the Community Affairs Agenda Wednesday
(To send your message to all just Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)
Committee members need to hear from you. Please email Committee Members today.
COME FOR THE RALLY - STAY FOR DINNER!
Let’s have some fun! The rally ends in the afternoon, but don’t leave town. Stick around for dinner that evening.
The Tea Party Network will be meeting for dinner at a local restaurant in Tallahassee and you will have the chance to network with fellow Tea Party groups from across the state. Anytime The Tea Party Network brings people together you can be promised a good time. We have a lot to talk about. With the Presidential election campaigns already underway, it is up to us to deliver Florida and give the country a clear conservative victory in 2016. Let’s work together and not allow the big party establishment to select our next candidate.
We the people need to take charge, nominate the right candidates, win the election and restore our liberties!
For those who may still be unsure about the whole Net – Neutrality issue or just want more information to solidify that it is a terrible thing, please click on the link below for a great article about PRIVATE PROPERTY and Government control. It is a little long but very worth while. As a matter of fact, please forward it on to your email lists.
By Raymond C. Niles-
Net neutrality advocates such as Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig liken the Internet to a “commons”—to “public property,” akin to state-owned highways and municipal parks. They call for the Internet to be treated as if it were “public property,” managed by the government in accordance with the “public welfare.” On these grounds, they advocate that the Internet remain a “neutral platform” where “the network owner can’t discriminate against some [data] packets while favoring others.” Plainly stated, net neutrality is the idea that the Internet is “public property”; thus, the government must ensure that online content is delivered in a “neutral,” non-preferential fashion.
But delivered by whom? To hold that the Internet is a “commons” or “public property” is to evade its actual nature; the Internet is a network of privately owned personal computers, servers, and cable. Ignoring this fact and pretending to themselves that the Internet is “public property,” proponents of net neutrality seek government control over private property—specifically that of Internet service providers.
In order to achieve net neutrality, its advocates hold that the Internet must remain, as they put it, a “stupid network,” meaning unregulated by an intelligence that might favor the transmission of some content over other content.11 But because data is transmitted through the private property of ISPs—the expensive cables, computers, and other infrastructure that make the Internet possible—what they actually advocate is denying ISPs the right to manage their own property. The “stupid” Internet that net neutrality advocates desire is one in which ISPs must, under threat of government force, remain largely passive with regard to how data flows through their lines and over their networks. An ISP’s role, according to net neutrality advocates, is to pay for and then provide a “stupid network” of “dumb pipe” (i.e., bandwidth capacity) to customers, who can use it however they please.12 Fearing the decisions that ISPs might make with respect to their own property, net neutrality advocates seek to impose their conception of how the Internet should work—via government force.
In essence, beneath their calls to preserve “economic innovation” and “free speech online,” net neutrality proponents advocate government control of the privately owned infrastructure that makes the Internet possible. To what types of controls will adherence to net neutrality lead, and how will these affect Internet service providers and their customers?
While campaigning in 2012 Ted Yoho stated that the Department of Education needed to change and bring back more control to the local level. Well, Congressman Yoho has some bipartisan support for his new “TEACH” bill.
Read below from Florida Sunshine State News. Thank you Congressman Yoho and keep pushing for what is needed.
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., unveiled a proposal to bring major reforms to the U.S. Department of Education last week and doubled down on his idea on Tuesday.
Last week, Yoho called for more state control and less of a federal role in education and introduced his “Transform Education in America through Choice (TEACH) Act.” The Florida congressman said his bill would give state and local governments a three-year window to “evaluate and implement best practice standards for our nation’s K-12 educational system” while keeping federal involvement to a minimum. Click for full article-
Yes, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is at it again. Well, they never have stopped dictating your every action, but this is just another example of what they are doing.
Tuesday the Commission will vote on a Resolution supporting never allowing Fracking in the State. Guess they must love GRU’s biomass plant with the highest electric rates in the state and dislike of business potential.
Here is a copy of the language-
Realizing that the vote will be in the morning while most are working, please send an email with your comments. You can either send one email to the whole Board at BOCC@Alachuacounty.us
or individually to each Commissioner-
Mike Byerly, District 1, email@example.com
Lee Pinkoson, District 2, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair - District 3, email@example.com
Ken Cornell, District 4, KCornell@alachuacounty.us
Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV, Chair - District 5, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just cut and paste the address and your good to go.
Below is further information that has been submitted to the Board for their consideration.
In regards to the Resolution banning fracking under consideration by the Alachua County Commission
The proposed resolution, among other factors, ignores the fact that there is alternative legislation in development that may be more effective at regulating oil and gas wells than HB 169. Please consider the following:
I. What subject matter experts were consulted in the preparation of this resolution? Oil and gas permitting within the state of Florida is via the Oil and Gas Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), the same agency that protects our water resources. Their authority is established by Florida Statute 377 and the Florida Administrative Code.
- · Department of Environmental Protection, Oil and Gas Program web site:http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
- · Florida Statutes, Chapter 377
- · Rules 62C-25 through 30, Florida Administrative Code
- · A knowledgeable point of contact in the FL DEP: Levi Sciara, Engineering Specialist, Oil and gas Program, 850 245 8406, Levi.Sciara@dep.state.fl.us.
- · Section 377.07, F.S., establishes FL DEP’s authority for overseeing the law
- · Section 377.21, F.S., establishes FL DEP jurisdiction for oil and natural gas across the state.
- · Section 377.242, F.S., authorizes the FL DEP to issue permits.
- · The Florida Geological Survey also provides resources for oil and gas including extensive information regarding ground structure within Florida. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
Was the FL DEP consulted in preparation of this resolution? Is the commission claiming that the FL DEP is incapable of regulating oil and gas wells?
II. A resolution this sweeping deserves a hearing where the public and Commissioners can hear from subject matter experts from all viewpoints. What is the rush to pass this resolution without opportunity for public review and comment?
III. Statements by government officials based on scientific reports. Here is a sampling of statements by government officials regarding Fracking:
A. Paraphrasing from an article on the Energy in Depth web site:
President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has offered a sharp rebuke for local, regional and statewide bans on hydraulic fracturing in comments made to Northern California NPR. Citing the regulatory confusion created by a patchwork of local and regional bans and her belief that fears associated with hydraulic fracturing are not founded in “sound science,” Jewell stated “I would say that is the wrong way to go,”.
Jewell, who has previously stated that hydraulic fracturing “has been done safely for decades,” also specifically addressed New York’s recent permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing. Citing misinformation and a lack of understanding of the science behind the process, Jewell did not mince words on where she stands on the state’s course of action: “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said of New York’s decision last month to ban fracking. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.”
From Energy In Depth, “Obama’s Interior Secretary Says Fracking Bans are ‘Wrong Way to Go’ January 2, 2015, by Randy Hildreth. see http://energyindepth.org/
B. From Philly.com: Fracking is making state and Phila. energy leaders
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015, 1:07 AM, By Kevin L. Colosimo. Read more athttp://www.philly.com/philly/
“Beyond all of that, the claim that is driving the calls for a ban – fracking is hazardous – simply is not true.
Fracking, done responsibly, is safe. Steven Chu, the former energy secretary and no fan of fossil fuels, has said so. Ernest Moniz, the current energy secretary, has said so. Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary, has said so. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress that she knew of no proof that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater.
Meanwhile, studies from the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have all concluded the process does not pose a risk to the environment. A technical report from the Department of Energy that focused on Greene County, Pa., found “there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale” into drinking water aquifers. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the potential risks of fracking and uncovered “no incidents of direct invasion of shallow water zones by fracture fluids during the fracturing process.”"
IV. The resolution ignores certain facts about oil and gas in Florida:
Concerning impact of oil and gas drilling on contamination of water resources: According to Levi Sciara, FL Department of Environmental Protection:
- · The practical limit of Florida’s water resources is about 1,500 feet due to salinity. (The internet states the maximum depth of the aquifer is 2,000 feet)
- · Fracking is a deep well process. The fracking mixture is injected into oil deposits at the bottom of the well.
- · Florida’s oil and, thus, oil wells are located in SW FL (The Sunniland formation) as well as the NW corner of the FL panhandle (The Jay field, among others). According to the Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, FL, depth to production in the SW FL Sunniland formation averages 11,500 feet below MSL and in the NW FL Jay field production averages about 15,100 feet. Many wells have been permitted by the FL DEP and are operating in these two locations. Detailed production information can be obtained from periodic reports from the Florida Geological Survey.
- · Why fracking? Among other reasons, Fracking allows the driller to drill one well with multiple horizontal bores at the bottom as opposed to multiple vertical wells into the same field, reducing the number of oil wells.
- · From an environmental standpoint, the most dangerous phase of drilling a well is when the well is drilled through the upper portion of the land passing through the aquifer. For that reason, the government requires the driller to use a two or three walled casing in that region to prevent any leakage into or out of the well. The FL DEP has inspectors who spend full time, 24/7, on the well site during this case installation process.
Consider the above information: If you are concerned about polluting water, there is about 8,000 ft of land mass between the fracking site and the aquifer (10,000 ft oil well depth less 2000 ft bottom of acquifer = 8,000 ft in between). If you are concerned about polluting water, what is the better alternative, 4 or 5 or 6 wells punched through the aquifer if fracking can’t be used or just the single well that fracking allows?
Better see Trevor Loudon tonight before the Administration puts him on THE NO FLY LIST and he can’t come back to America to speak the truth.