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Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:55

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Nets $1 Million

A month after launching a petition drive to get a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana on the 2020 Florida ballot, the prospective measure’s sponsors have already raised more than $1 million in contributions.

Make It Legal Florida (MILF), which registered its "Adult Use Of Marijuana" initiative with the state’s Division of Elections (DOE) on Aug. 1, reported on its September finance filing that it had raised $1.09 million in cash and received $104,500 in in-kind contributions.

The money comes from two donors, both heavy hitters in the nation’s burgeoning marijuana industry, with each kicking in $545,000 – Surterra Wellness and MadMen, Inc.

Atlanta-based Surterra, which operates 31 medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida – tied with Trulieve as the most among the state’s licensed medical marijuana operators – is a five-year-old company with similar “vertical operations” in Texas, Nevada and Massachusetts that generated $50 million in 2018 revenues.

MedMen, headquartered in Culver City, Calif., and founded in 2010, operates 92 retail sites in 12 states, including one in Florida. The publicly traded company reported $39.8 million in revenues last year.

MadMen Southeastern Director of Government Affairs Nick Hansen chairs the Tampa-based Make It Legal Florida (MILF) committee.

MILF’s ballot proposal would legalize recreational marijuana use among adults 21 and older and allow medical marijuana dispensaries to distribute the drug as long as it was contained in childproof packaging and not marketed to children.

The proposed amendment would apply to the possession, display and transport of marijuana in quantities up to 2.5 ounces and would also apply to marijuana accessories.

The committee has about five months to collect the 766,200 verified voter signatures necessary to qualify for the November 2020 ballot before the Feb. 1 deadline.

MILF’s initiative is the third active petition effort filed with the DOE seeking to legalize recreational marijuana.

Floridians For Freedom’s "Right Of Adults To Cannabis" petition drive has been underway since August 2015 with little recent activity. As of Tuesday, it had collected 24,279 petition signatures.

Sensible Florida’s "Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol to Establish Age, Licensing, and Other Restrictions" petition drive, launched in March 2016. Sensible Florida, sponsored by Regulate Florida, has gathered 88,813 signatures, enough to meet the threshold for a state Supreme Court review of its language. It has raised $177,883 and received $245,725 in in-kind contributions.

Regulate Florida’s proposal seeks to regulate recreational marijuana similarly to alcohol but does not create a retail stricture for cannabis corporations such as Surterra and MadMen.
According to Ballotpedia, the average cost per required signature (CPRS) in Florida in petition drives was $6 in 2018, but that was before lawmakers adopted a slate of new rules regulating petition-gathering that went into effect on July 7.

The new rules essentially extend the state’s voter registration system for absentee ballots to petition-gathering, requiring every citizen initiative organization sponsoring a signature-drive to have its own numbered, serialized petition provided by county election offices.

It requires petition-gathers to register with the state and have a permanent Florida address, effectively barring out-of-state entities from ballot campaigns. The bill prohibits signature gatherers from being paid on a per-petition basis.

MILF’s and Regulate Florida’s dueling petitions should find plenty of support for their proposals.

In a July 16-18 survey of 800 “likely 2020 voters” conducted by Ft. Lauderdale-based Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, 67 percent said they favored legalizing the use of marijuana for adults age 21 or over.

A June Quinnipiac University poll fixed support for marijuana legalization among likely Florida voters at 65 percent.

According to CQ/Fiscal Note, there are at least 20 prospective citizen-initiated measures in nine states related to marijuana vying to qualify for 2020 ballots.

In addition to Florida, 11 possible constitutional amendments in seven states — three in Arizona, two in South Dakota, New Jersey, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska — would ask voters to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in 11 states. Medical marijuana programs have been approved in 33.

The U.S. market for cannabis products, $10.4 billion in 2018, is projected to explode into a $344 billion global industry within a decade, according to New Frontier Data, an analytics firm that focuses on the cannabis industry.

John Haughey
The Center Square

Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:41

A Hollywood Blacklist for Trump Backers?

For decades now, the Hollywood left has romanticized those brave Communist Party members who were blacklisted in the 1950s for refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations into their Soviet espionage. Just three years ago, Bryan Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for playing communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a man so deluded that he compared North Korea's invasion of South Korea to the 1776 American Revolution. Even now, there are two films in development that revisit the history of Roy Cohn, a lawyer for Joe McCarthy ... and, later, for Donald Trump.

But the Hollywood left isn't a fraction as tolerant of differing opinions as it likes to pretend. It can't stand conservatives, and it especially can't stand public supporters of President Trump. The latest example began when The Hollywood Reporter declared that President Trump would appear at a Beverly Hills reelection fundraiser on Sept. 17.
The stars of NBC's rebooted gay-agitprop sitcom "Will & Grace" announced a new blacklist.

Eric McCormack tweeted, "Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don't wanna work with. Thx." His co-star Debra Messing tweeted "Co-signed" and added another tweet: "Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know."

Two of the possibly five Trump-supporting actors replied. Kristy Swanson, best known for playing Buffy in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," tweeted, "It's absolutely heartbreaking that you would say something like this & then ask The Hollywood Reporter to get on board with you (so sad)." Dean Cain tweeted, "I'm not attending, because I'll be out of town. Otherwise, I'd have been happy to attend."

Swanson and Cain are not the most popular folks in Tinseltown. They appeared this spring in a Washington, D.C., play by Phelim McAleer called "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," about political corruption in the Obama administration. There was nothing contrived, nothing untrue. It wasn't even "based on real events," Hollywood-speak for "We made most of this up." They used the actual text messages of former Justice Department officials/illicit lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The reaction? A leftist tweeted at them, "Someone set the theatre on fire."
(Twitter, predictably, took no action.)Tolerance, liberal style.

But then, something strange happened. Others did not comply.

The media elites ignored McCormack and Messing's call for lists of Trump donors in Hollywood. Defenders were few, and it flopped. In fact, one famous liberal entertainer took to the airwaves to call out the hypocrisy, given all the blacklisting lectures delivered by her industry over the decades. From her perch on ABC's "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, no Trump fan, blasted the idea of circulating Trump-backer lists. "Listen, last time people did this, people ended up killing themselves," she argued. "This is not a good idea, OK? Your idea of who you don't want to work with is your personal business. Do not encourage people to print out lists, because the next list that comes out, your name will be on, and then people will be coming after you."

The backlash was strong enough that the "Will & Grace" stars began pretending they never suggested denying work to Trump backers. McCormack posted on Instagram: "my social media post from last week ... has been misinterpreted in a very upsetting way. I absolutely do not support blacklists or discrimination of any kind." Messing tweeted a photo of his post and added, "I couldn't have said it better."


Yes, they could have. They could have kept their mouths shut.

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham

Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:37

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Is Coming To Town

Don't you hate picking up a local paper and reading about this great event you just missed? I do, so take a moment and put this on your schedule. There are so many events at so many locations around town, that there must be a few of these shows you can get to.
The Sixth Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns Sept. 20-29, 2019, to Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach & Sanibel Island with music and fun at a number of tropical venues.
The festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands. It’s also a chance for fans to hear popular songs they’ve heard on country radio performed by the actual songwriters


Headliners include Gone West, a new rock-country quartet featuring Colbie Caillat, in a show with special guest Ryan Hurd at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford in downtown Fort Myers on Sept. 25.
Caillat, a two-time Grammy Award winner, has sold more than six million albums worldwide and more than 10 million singles. Hurd has written songs for Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and many others. He has also penned songs for his wife, Maren Morris, who headlined Island Hopp­er in 2016.
Nashville-based Gone West consists of two couples, Caillat and her fiancé and singer-songwriter Justin Young, and married songwriters, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jason Reeves and ACM and CMT nominated Nelly Joy.
Country music hit singer-songwriter Rodney Atkins brings his star power to round out the list of headliners. Atkins will perform on the final night of the festival, Sept. 29, at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach.


There are just too many events and performers scheduled to list them all here but the 2019 performance schedule is available at:, or you can download the app. to your phone.

Island Hopper app

The official Island Hopper mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. This new app was designed to enhance your festival experience. Features of the app include:
• First chance to purchase
tickets for select
• Personalized schedule
• Artist information
• Performance times and
• Festival coupons
• Island Hopper hotel deals
• Festival maps
• Updates and alerts
• And more!

Download the app at:

This event runs from September 20, 2019 to
September 29, 2019.

DOJ is hesitating to Indict Comey for lying and leaking…we do not know the true reason and understand there may well be a reason that involves other charges and testimony as part of a deal…HOWEVER, if he is getting a free ride for all the OTHER serious Felonies he committed, without testimony that goes UP the pay scale, then Lady Justice is getting a knife through the heart.

DOJ should have stated clearly that the “declination” applied only to lying and leaking and other serious charges that are still on the table!

Comey was behind the illegal FISA warrants that he signed off on knowing full well that his sworn signature was based upon his belief that the information was true, correct, accurate TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY. It was not! He knew the information was “unverified and salacious” according to his own statements that we all heard and that is a felony, in the least! He violated the Civil Rights of several US citizens including Carter Page. He did it to conspire to affect a US Presidential election, a Felony. He conspired to tamper with evidence to obtain an illegal FISA wiretap on a US Citizen, a Felony.

Comey also conspired to remove a Duly Elected President by creating a false FBI Investigation, a false Counter Intel Case, to unseat a duly elected President, another felony. He used his Official Position as Director of the FBI to Obstruct Justice in the Criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton, to retain a high paying job, a Hobbs Act- Political Corruption violation. He tampered with evidence by withholding evidence from the FISA court, withholding evidence found on the Weiner's computer allowing Peter McCabe to break The federal Rules of criminal Procedures and by NOT reporting that the evidence was found, requirements of FBI Rules and Regulations and Best Evidence Rules on reporting evidence found.

James Comey was FBI Director and not Jesus Chris himself. He committed multiple Felonies that almost destroyed the criminal investigation on Clinton and the Presidency of Donald Trump!



It is undeniable that Comey and EVERY OTHER DOJ Official who signed the Carter Page FISA Wiretap Application committed Fraud Against the FISA Court!

As the Chief Lawman, Mr President…you cannot allow that to go unanswered!

Indict everyone who signed the warrant and related papers. Then deal with each case individually…DO NOT LET THESE BASTARDS GIVE YOU, US AND LADY JUSTICE THE FINGER!



Retired FBI Agent

Even before The New York Times launched its "All Slavery, All the Time" project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black males killed by white(ish) police officers.
Here's one you haven't heard about. I happened upon it by sheer accident.
Antwon Rose II was a 17-year-old boy shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018 after he bolted from a jitney car that had been stopped by the officer. The Times published about a half-dozen stories on Antwon Rose -- or as the Times calls him, "Antwon, who was unarmed."
After the officer was acquitted on all charges in March of this year, the Times ran an article by Adeel Hassan on the verdict.
Here's what you would learn from the Times: -- Antwon was unarmed. -- Antwon "was in his high school's honors program." -- Antwon "played basketball and the saxophone." -- Antwon "volunteered for a local charity." -- In 2016, Antwon wrote a poem titled, "I Am Not What You Think!" which included these lines: I see mothers bury their sons, I want my Mom to never feel that pain. -- A policeman stopped the gold Chevy Cruze Antwon "was riding in" because it "matched the description" of a car "involved" in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier. -- The jury consisted of nine whites and three African Americans.
If you read the Times piece, all you would know is that an honor student who loved his mom ... was KILLED for the crime of riding in a car similar to one that had just been used in a crime.
Wow. Just wow.
Here are some of the facts the Times left out: -- The gold Chevy Cruze Antwon fled did not merely "match the description of" a car used in a drive-by shooting: It was the car used in the drive-by shooting, as proved by surveillance video posted
online days after the shooting and shown to the jury. -- The video shows 13 shots being fired from the back seat of that exact car, with -- according to the prosecutor -- Antwon riding in the front seat. -- The backseat passenger, Zaijuan Hester, later pleaded guilty to the drive-by shooting. -- One of the victims of the drive-by shooting told police it was Antwon who shot him. "The beef was between me and him," William Ross told a Pennsylvania State Police officer. "That car came by, he shot me, I ran to the store." -- The jitney driver told police that, right before the shooting started, he heard the backseat passenger ask, "Is that him?" -- The gun used in the drive-by was recovered in the back seat of the car. -- A stolen gun was found under Antwon's seat, an empty magazine in Antwon's pants pocket, and there was gunpowder residue on Antwon's hands. -- The car stopped by the officer was riddled with bullet holes. -- The jury that unanimously acquitted the officer was led by an African American foreman, who stoutly defended the verdict.
None of that made it into the Times story on the trial's conclusion.
I'm glad that Antwon did charity work, but isn't it rather more important that he had participated in a drive-by shooting of two other black guys 13 minutes before being stopped by a police officer?
That's not conjecture or speculation. Hassan wasn't writing about the case the day after the shooting. These are facts that were presented in court and copiously reported by the local media -- even in the British press.
Normal Person to The New York Times: Why did you say the car "matched the description" of the car used in a drive-by shooting -- but not say that it WAS the car used in the drive-by shooting? NYT: I'm sorry, who are you and do you have a press pass? Normal Person: You didn't mention that a stolen gun was found under Antwon's seat and a matching cartridge in Antwon's pocket??? NYT: We only have so much space and I needed room for Antwon's poem. Normal Person: You didn't have space to say that gun residue was found on Antwon's hands? NYT: I could have run more of the poem. It was a good poem. Normal Person: Or that one of the victims of the drive-by said Antwon was the one who shot him? NYT: The officer didn't know that. Normal Person: Did the officer know about Antwon's A.P. classes? It goes to the likelihood of his behavior being perceived as threatening. The officer could certainly see that the car's back window had been shot out. NYT: You're a white supremacist and white nationalist and, yes, I know they're different, but you're both. There's no reason to think this isn't standard operating procedure at the Times. The editors can't say, OK, OK, that one got past us! The Times has told wild lies about the racist shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (false), the racist arrest of Freddie Grey in Baltimore (false), the racist shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida (false), the racist gang-rape of a black stripper by a Duke lacrosse team (false) and so on. Antwon Rose's shooting wasn't even a flood-the-zone, hair-on-fire story. But the Times lied about it, too. This is a newspaper that cannot be trusted on anything touching on race. They're liars and ideologues, not reporters and editors.

“Some think depression is simply being sad, that OCD is being uptight. They think the soul is sick, not the body. It is, they believe, something that you have some choice over.” – David Levithan

The mental health system in America is in crisis. Although most healthcare policies include mental health coverage, after Obamacare passed, the system to deliver services imploded. States have no criteria to judge who urgently needs help, and too few providers. Since states have also passed restrictive drug laws, the mentally ill can only get medications from a specialist. The average age of a psychiatrist is roughly 50 years old and nobody is stepping up to fill the void when they close their doors. Patients are left alone in a world not made for them to exist in without essential medications. Some go off the edge and are committed to overcrowded institutions; and some are not that lucky.

The growing national concern about mental healthcare exposes mental illness as a leading cause of disability in the U.S. It is the most under-treated health impairment in the nation. The suicide rate has increased three-fold in the last two decades due to lack of access to mental health treatment. The cultural and social stigma surrounding mental illness has left many patients to suffer silently with no one to turn to for help.

When they come out of the closet, they discover psychiatrists are not taking new patients; even those are hundreds of miles away from their homes. “If and when” they do receive treatment, it is usually too little too late. Others just give up, and another productive life is wasted.

Mental health is physical health. The brain is a part of the body. When it is ill, it must be treated. If a person has good mental health, they are able to think clearly and interface with others in society. This allows them to live their lives the way they wish. But if they are prevented from doing this due to a reaction from a crisis or an event in their lives, this affects their mental health. When they can’t cope with problems or solve them, they feel as bad or worse than any other illness they have ever had.


“A lot of people are living with mental illness. Either you love one or are one.”
– Mark Ruffalo


Mental illness ranges from moderate to severe. A serious mental illness is a behavioral, emotional or other condition that alters the state of a mind into functional impairment. When these conditions substantially limit a person’s daily life activities, they become totally disabled. Those living without professional help and medication get worse and are institutionalized.

Those with the most severe cases are hospitalized for lengthy periods, and sometimes for an entire life. The tragedy is many of them could be living productive lives if they had received treatment when they first needed help.

The demand for mental healthcare in the U.S. is rapidly rising along with the aging population. The American Medical Association estimates 1 in 5 people have serious mental health issues that must be treated immediately. The impact on their lives and society without treatment affects the patient’s income, quality of life, relationships and productivity. The American Psychiatric Institute confirmed their death rate is higher than any disease in America. The most common disorders left untreated include depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment.


“When a person’s struggle becomes their identity, too many just give up.”
– Dr. Janis Diets


While the U.S. has a shortage of doctors, the paucity of mental health professionals is greater than any other field. According to the Health Services Administration over 89 million Americans reside in federally designated Mental Health Shortage Areas. The National Council for Mental Health says the demand for mental health services continues to increase, but we are losing providers that are not being replaced. There was a shortage before Obamacare passed. Now many are retiring early and this vacuum is epidemic. Over half of those seeking help for themselves or a loved one are turned away; even with the best insurance coverage. Many providers are no longer taking insurance and others “cherry pick” their patients. This use to be the exception: now if has become the new norm.

Everyone in our nation is aware there always was and always will be drug trafficking as long as we have unprotected boarders. A study by the International Institute of Medicine estimates about 95 percent of street drugs come across the border or are made illegally. As states pass one-size-fits-all drug laws, they restrict dispensing of anxiety and depression drugs to those who need them most. Now the mentally ill can no longer have prescriptions written by their PCP for medications they once got from them, when they were denied treatment from a psychiatrist. They live torturous lives without their medications, and suffer in silence.


“Nothing’s more isolating than a mental illness.”
– Hannibal


National studies point to government and insurers for making the already over-taxed system worse with the passage of Obamacare. To meet federal demands that include routine procedures in over-inclusive generic insurance plans, mental healthcare was short changed. Due to huge deductibles, half of those who need help must choose between physical and mental health treatment. Almost half of those who can’t find doctors taking new patients, or can’t pay cash for life saving help, lose their most productive years isolated from the world. They anguish through life suffering in silence.


“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Demi Lovato


Although Obamacare required insurers to provide mental healthcare coverage, the cost of these plans escalated due to the federal demands placed on insurers. One of the ludicrous claims made by its proponents was insurance premiums would go down. Instead, premiums ballooned to pay for additional services. This decreased access to mental healthcare by mandating new requirements for insurers, raising taxes, and forcing mentally ill patients into cookie cutter plans. This reduced options for the mentally ill, and raised the costs and co-pays exponentially. Today, even many of those with good coverage that experience a major crisis can no longer get life-saving treatments.

Singer Lady Gaga recently said, “Those who don’t feel your pain can’t tell you it will just go away.” Obama’s healthcare mandates on insurance companies violated our free markets and backfired. Now the mentally ill are left on the outside looking in. Mental illness in America has always been considered a subordinate medical ailment. Any good intentions Obama’s Congress had when they signed Obamacare into law constituted a death certificate for many mentally ill. Our over-loaded mental healthcare network short-circuited. Now there are even fewer providers who will treat them.

People from all over the world come to America to take advantage of our healthcare. They flock to our hospitals for life-saving treatments they can only get here. Yet we are denying services to many of our citizens afflicted with moderate and severe mental illness. Obamacare mortally wounded our once coveted healthcare system. If “Medicare for all” becomes law, it will be the fatal and final blow to totally dismantle our mental healthcare system. It will leave thousands more Americans living in an intimidating world of anxiety and depression that could have been helped with proper treatment.

Mental illness is physical illness and can affect anyone. Nobody is immune to it. It’s time to speak up for those that suffer in silence.


"If you use your platform and your voice to raise awareness and enforce change, I feel deeply there is nothing more respectable one can ever do.” – Lady Gaga


William Haupt III
The Center Square




The right of pharmaceutical companies to speak freely with doctors about truthful information regarding their products’ uses is under attack, according to the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute.

The institute highlighted the story of Howard Root, a Minnesota CEO who created a billion-dollar medical device company, to illustrate its point.

Root, founder and former CEO of Vascular Solutions (VSI), a Minneapolis-based company that manufactures medical devices to treat vascular disease, was facing three years of prison time and the destruction of his company because of federal prosecutors.

It all started after some VSI sales representatives, against Root’s orders, discussed with doctors the potential off-label uses of one of VSI’s medical devices, the Vari-Lase short kit. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed such a discussion was illegal.

After years of battling the government, a jury acquitted Root and VSI of all criminal charges in 2016.

The cost to Root was great: $25 million spent on legal fees to defend himself, his employees and VSI. The value of VSI’s stock plummeted, and medical devices that might have saved countless lives went undeveloped during years of court proceedings, the Goldwater Institute argues.

After Root’s four-year ordeal, the institute developed a blueprint report, “The Free Speech in Medicine Act” for other states to implement in order to protect the free-speech rights of pharmaceutical, manufacturing, healthcare providers and companies.

“The U.S. Constitution provides a floor of protection for individual rights, not a ceiling, leaving states free to enact laws that protect those rights more broadly than the federal Constitution does,” the report states.

The FDA generally approves a new drug or device for a single condition and after a long and expensive review process involving years of clinical studies. Once approved, doctors generally can discuss the use of the product/drug/device or prescribe it to treat patients with other ailments. Such a practice is called “off-label.”

Various medical journals cite the use of off-label drugs accounting for 20 to 25 percent of all drugs legally prescribed. Yet, if drug and device companies promote “off-label” devices or products that have not been approved by the FDA for their specifically intended purpose, even if the promotions are true, the federal government claims they are breaking the law.
As a result, drug companies have paid billions of dollars to settle both civil and criminal allegations brought by the federal government over the use of off-label marketing. Corporate executives also have been criminally prosecuted on fraud and conspiracy felony charges because of off-label claims made by their company’s sales representatives, even if the executives had no knowledge of them.

When it comes to making choices about their healthcare, “people need to have more information so that they can make informed decisions – not less,” Goldwater Institute Executive Vice President Christina Sandefur said. “What the FDA is doing is taking important information away from doctors and away from patients.”

“Government can restrict conduct – it can make it illegal to perform brain surgery or prescribe drugs – but it can’t restrict communication without surviving First Amendment scrutiny,” says Dana Berliner, litigation director at the Institute for Justice, a libertarian nonprofit law firm.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have both found that drug companies and company sales consultants have constitutionally protected rights to free speech – including discussing the off-label uses of products, free speech advocates note.

Bethany Blankl­e
The Center Square

John Fadely, born March 23, 1943 in Anderson, Indiana passed away peacefully on August 10, 2019. He attended Madison Heights High School in Anderson, Indiana. He joined the Navy after high school where he learned his trade of Tool and Die Making. He worked for several tool and die shops before enjoying a long career with Delco Remy as a Tool and Die Maker. During his tenure at Delco Remy he started his own shop with friend James Ferguson called J&J Tool.

He retired from the Ft Wayne Truck and Bus prior to moving to Florida where he continued to work on a part time basis for several security companies. His passion for helping others led him to memberships to the Elks, Redman Lodge, American Legion, Moose, Murat Shrine, Madison County Shrine Club-where he was an active member of the Desert Patrol. He held many offices within those organizations. He was on the Daleville School Board from 1988-1992.

In Florida, he belonged to Bonita Springs Lions Club. He joined the Araba Shrine Temple where he was active in the Tin Lizzies before transferring to the Klassy Kars. He ran the Araba Bingo.

He was involved with the Quetzacoatl. John's life was enriched by improving the lives of children through the Shriner's Hospital. In January of this year, he was elected as Illustrious Sir John Fadely, (Potentate). He is preceded in death by his Father Frances Fadely, Mother Inez Martin and Step-Father Lennie Price who raised him after his father's passing. He is preceded by his former wife Dianna Fadely and his brother Steve Price. John is survived by his wife, Terry Fadely of 34 years, Children-Traci Fadely of Anderson, Robert (Jennifer) Fadely of Niles Michigan, Shelley(David) Fadely Gentry. Six Grandchildren-Madison Fadely, Melissa Gentry, Alex Fadely, Spencer Gentry, Jacob Erickson and Eli Fadely. John is also survived by his Aunt Charlotte Martin and special sons Javier Vazquez of Madrid, Spain, Greg Blake and Chris Wilson.

A Celebration Of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made to the Araba Shrine Temple at 2010 Hanson Street, Fort Myers, FL.

33901. Arrangements are being handled by Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc.

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Ed. Note: John was/is a great man and a good friend to all who knew him, he will be sorely missed. Terry if you need anything, you have our number....
Bobby Mimmo

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed Nick Sandmann's $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post for its stories about a mythical racist hate-crime allegedly committed by Sandmann, a Catholic schoolboy, against fake war hero and "Indigenous Person" Nathan Phillips.

This is why people of sound judgment and good character despise the press, and also the courts.
For three days running after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the Post published vicious hit pieces -- six articles and three tweets, along with a deceptively edited 59-second video -- portraying the teenaged boy as a Goebbels-level racist, who violently smirked at a hapless Indian.
Thus, according to the Post, while waiting with his classmates at the Lincoln Memorial for their bus to arrive, Sandmann:
-- "accost(ed)" and "physically intimidated" Phillips;
-- blocked Phillips, refusing to let him retreat;
-- was part of a group chanting "build that wall," "Trump2020," and "go back to Africa" at Phillips and assorted
other left-wing, America-hating activists;
-- only relented in his taunting, "when Phillips and other activists walked away."
This is "true" in the sense of being the exact opposite of the truth.
Switch the aggressor and the prey and you've got the picture -- as proved by a one-hour, 46-minute video triumphantly posted on Facebook by the Black Hebrew Israelites the same day as the Post's first article on the incident. (They were the ones screaming at the Covington boys, calling them "incest babies," "dirty ass crackers," and "future school shooters." Sounds like a nice school trip.)
As the video makes clear, Sandmann was standing in the same place the whole time, minding his own business, when Phillips made a beeline to him, planted himself in front of the teenager and began banging his drum and singing loudly inches from Sandmann's face.
At no point did Sandmann, or his friends, chant "build that wall," "Trump2020," or "go back to Africa" or anything of the kind.
They were doing school cheers.
Phillips' harassment of the teenaged boy only ended when the school bus arrived to pick up the kids, and Sandmann boarded it -- not when Phillips, in humility and grace, walked away, as the Post reported.
The video also shows that, as soon as Sandmann departed, Phillips turned and celebrated his subjugation of the teenager, as a fellow Indigenous Person shouted: "I got him, man, I got him! ... We won, Grandpa, we f------ won, Grandpa!"
Last Friday, Judge Bertelsman threw out Sandmann's lawsuit against the Post on the grounds that who walked up to whom, who intimidated whom, and who was banging drums in the other guy's face is:
a) a matter of "opinion";
b) "subjective";
c) something the Post's reporters were told by a guy (the Indian); and
d) not a specific reference to Sandmann -- despite putting his photo all over their newspaper and Twitter feed. (Why,
it could have been anyone in a MAGA hat with an Indian banging a drum in his face!)
Of course, without the Post's "opinions," "subjective" terms and unquestioning acceptance of what some guy told them, there would have been no story. BREAKING: A group of Covington Catholic kids stood in general vicinity of an Indian and showed no particular reaction.
The judge acts as if the Post was absolutely required to write the story, and reporters were within their rights to use their own impressions -- even if they were wrong -- with no obligation to check the facts, even to the point of turning an innocent teenager into a worldwide object of hate.
You probably want to know more about the judge, so here's a report I've improvised:
Judge Bertelsman smirked [subjective term] as he and lawyers for the Post surrounded the Sandmann family [opinion] and taunted them [subjective term] for their Catholic faith [someone told me that]. (FN-1.)
A Carter appointee and avid collector of child pornography [subjective term], Judge Bertelsman is well-known as a white supremacist [opinion]. FN-2.
In previous rulings, Judge Bertelsman has endorsed snuff films [subjective term], trafficking in human body parts [someone told me that] (FN-3) and dumping industrial waste [subjective term] into pristine rivers and lakes. (FN-4.)
Bertelsman is a draft dodger [opinion] and has been accused of cheating [subjective term] on his bar exam. (FN-5.)
NOTE: The part of this column giving the judge's biography was written in haste, so didn't have time for fact checking. However, even assuming arguendo that the above statements were "about" Judge Bertelsman, I was careful to keep all assertions within legal realm of "opinion," "subjectivity" and "things people told me."
I did a great job. It's legally unassailable. FN-1: As Judge Bertelsman ruled, "surrounding" is a subjective term that can mean "walking away" or "standing
FN-2: What? He liked "The Parent Trap" with Lindsay Lohan. You may not find that to be kiddie porn. I do.
Therefore, I may characterize him as a devotee of child pornography.
FN-3 See supra, "The Parent Trap."
FN-4: This is my opinion based on Judge Bertlesman's siding with corporate giant The Washington Post crushing a lone individual, Nick Sandmann. In every other context, we're supposed to take the individual's side, even if it's someone who took a space heater into the bathtub with him. Not anymore!
FN-5: Bertelsman actually served in Vietnam, but "serving" "in" "Vietnam" is subjective, and I choose to regard it as not going to Vietnam.
Saturday, 03 August 2019 07:20

U.S. Coast Guard Day: Always August 4th

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. The U.S. Defense Department suggests that this day is largely an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present. But, we'd like to encourage everyone to honor the brave members of this important branch of the military.

Celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are now playing an even more extensive role in Homeland Security to protect our country.

We here at the Sun Bay Paper salute all Coast Guard personnel today and every day. We hope you do, too.



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