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SUMMERTIME IS HARD FOR SOME AMERICANS
 
According to a fact sheet released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), an average of 31 million students benefits from free or reduced lunches. By providing subsidies to approved school districts, this program ensures that no child stumbles through algebra on an empty stomach. When the school year ends, however, many low-income children struggle with summertime hunger.
 
Derrick Lambert, a program manager with No Kid Hungry, is cognizant of the dangers posed by summertime hunger. “We know that when access to school breakfast and lunch goes away, rates of hunger increase,” he said in a press release. No Kid Hungry estimates that four million American children struggle with summertime hunger.
 
Lambert’s next statement, however, lightened the mood. “But we also know that a solution exists.”
A POTENTIAL SOLUTION TO SUMMERTIME HUNGER
 
In 2013, No Kid Hungry collaborated with the USDA to tackle a major hurdle to summertime nutrition: a lack of awareness. “One of the biggest barriers to kids taking part in this program is that families simply don’t know that help is available,” said Lambert in a press release.
 
The two organizations created a free texting service that connects families and community leaders with local meal sites. Accessing the service is simple:
 
Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877.
 
Put in your zip code or address. You then receive an address and service times for up to three meal sites in your area. While this texting program was once victim to relatively low participation, receiving just 55,000 texts last year, its popularity surged by nearly 600 percent in 2017.
 
THE CREATORS OF THE SOLUTION
 
Now that we know about this text-based solution, let’s learn more about the players involved.
The first of these, No Kid Hungry, is a non-profit working to end child hunger in America. This program has existed, in one form or another, since 1984. While it once battled against starvation in Ethiopia, it now focuses solely on domestic issues. 
 
The US Department of Agriculture, on the other hand, is a government entity that oversees “food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues.” More information can be found on their website. www.usda.gov
 
If you or your family struggles with hunger, consider texting 877-877 .
 
Ladyfreethinker.org
 
Published in General/Features
Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:37

TOUGHEST SPORT ON DIRT

    
On Friday July 28 at 8pm and Saturday July 29th at 8pm, Germain Arena and Coconut Point Ford will be host to the ultimate cowboys (and the beasts who dislike them) for the PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Riders. The vision of fearless men in fringed leather chaps, 10-gallon hats, heavy metal spurs and buckles. This an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping night of skill and adrenaline pumping performances, which will leave you on the edge of your seat with excitement.
   
The rules are simple. Place a wiry 150lb (+/-) cowboy on the back of a hulking, snorting temperamental 2,000lb bull and see if he can ride the beast for an eternal eight seconds...with one hand strapped to the bull's massive backside.
   
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In 1992, when 20 bull riders from the rodeo circuit came together to give life to a dream they all shared, they never imagined it would so quickly develop into what has officially been declared the fastest growing sport in America – the PBR. The riders pooled their resources - $1,000 each - and broke away from the confines of the rodeo format to make bull riding, the most popular of the seven events in traditional rodeo, a standalone sport and take it to major markets across the United States.
 
Today the visionary founders are riding a wave of popularity as the PBR continues its charge as one of the fastest-growing properties in the history of sports.  Those first 20 bull riders had turned their $1,000 into millions.
   
The concept is simple enough: match the world’s best bull riding athletes against the toughest animal athletes on the planet in an 8-second man versus beast duel. Put the cowboys against one another in a season-long battle to claim the year-end title of PBR World Champion, and with that, a share of more than $10 million in prize money including the $1 million year-end bonus for the season’s best bull rider. Of course, it’s only simple until you strap a tough and determined 150lb (+/-) cowboy to the back of a temperamental 2,000lb bull. The result is unparalleled action where danger, drama and heroic accomplishments are just a part of the game.
   
The PBR brings, “The Toughest Sport on Dirt,” to major venues nationwide, where the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete week in and week out on the televised Built Ford Tough Series. Each event is wrapped in a rock concert environment, complete with pulsating music, explosive pyrotechnics and fast-paced production. The combination of intense sports action and world-class production can’t be rivaled by any other major league sport.
   
The PBR is experiencing unprecedented growth in global and domestic appeal. Today more than 600 bull riders from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico hold PBR memberships. They compete in more than 300 bull riding events each year on either the nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour or the Touring Pro Division. There are also tours in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The ultimate goal is to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, the richest bull riding event on the planet, with the winner receiving the World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million dollar bonus.
   
The combination of raw sports and quality entertainment has propelled live attendance growth as well. Annual attendance of more than 3 million fans each season indicates that the PBR is making an indelible impression.
   
Professional bull riding is a fierce, rough, and grueling sport with roots deeply imbedded in American culture. It's America's original extreme sport.
 
Published in Lifestyle
 
When Bob Dylan tells the story of Bob Dylan, he often starts at a concert by rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in the winter of 1959.
 
At least, that's where he started in his recent Nobel Prize for Literature lecture.
 
Something mysterious about Holly "filled me with conviction," said Dylan. "He looked me right straight dead in the eye and he transmitted something. Something, I didn't know what. And it gave me the chills."
 
Days later, Holly died in a plane crash. Right after that, someone gave Dylan a recording of "Cotton Fields" by folk legend Lead Belly. It was "like I'd been walking in darkness and all of the sudden the darkness was illuminated. It was like somebody laid hands on me," said Dylan.
 
That story probably sounded "rather strange to lots of people," said Scott Marshall, author of the new book "Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life."
 
"What happens when somebody lays hands on you? If people don't know the Bible, then who knows what they'll think that means? ... Dylan is saying he felt called to some new work, like he was being ordained. That's just the way Dylan talks. That's who he is."
 
For millions of true believers, Dylan was a prophetic voice of the 1960s and all that followed. Then his intense embrace of Christianity in the late 1970s infuriated many fans and critics. Ever since, Dylan has been surrounded by arguments -- often heated -- about the state of his soul.
 
The facts reveal that Dylan had God on his mind long before his gospel-rock trilogy, "Slow Train Coming," "Saved" and "Shot of Love."
 
One civil rights activist, the Rev. Bert Cartwright, catalogued all the religious references in Dylan's 1961-78 works, before the "born-again" years. In all, 89 out of 246 Dylan songs or liner notes -- 36 percent -- contained Bible references. Cartwright found 190 Hebrew Bible allusions and 197 to Christian scriptures.
 
Also, Dylan told People magazine in 1975: "I didn't consciously pursue the Bob Dylan myth. It was given to me -- by God. ... I don't care what people expect of me. It doesn't concern me. I'm doing God's work. That's all I know."
 
What does that mean? Marshall collected material from stacks of published interviews and has concluded that two words perfectly describe Dylan's approach to answering these questions: "inscrutability" and "irascibility." Plus, it's hard to know when Dylan is being "serious, cranky or playful."
 
Nevertheless, faith language always plays a central role. Marshall cites waves of examples, including a time when Dylan was asked if his raucous "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" -- with its "everybody must get stoned" chant -- was code for getting high. Dylan wryly noted that many critics "aren't familiar with the Book of Acts."
 
In his Nobel lecture, Dylan also stressed the role great literature has played in his life, dating back to grammar school days. Once again, there were religious themes.
 
"Moby-Dick," for example, combined all "the myths: the Judeo-Christian Bible, Hindu myths, British legends, St. George, Perseus, Hercules -- they're all whalers."
 
"All Quiet on the Western Front" mixed politics, nihilism and horror, and Dylan noted that he has never read another war novel. In that book, "You're on the real iron cross, and a Roman soldier's putting a sponge of vinegar to your lips."
 
With "The Odyssey," he said readers have to live the tale, wrestling with gods and goddesses. "Some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies."
 
In the end, said Dylan, a song's impact on each person is what matters. "I don't have to know what a song means," he said. "I've written all kinds of things into my songs. And I'm not going to worry about it -- what it all means."
 
Marshall believes one thing should be obvious: If Dylanologists want to understand Dylan's life and art, they will have to wrestle with all of his songs, including those drenched in God-talk. Biblical literacy is an essential skill in that work.
 
The bottom line is clear, according to Hollywood director Scott Derrickson, writing in the book's foreword: "Dylan has never recanted a single line from a single song."
 
 
Terry Mattingly
 
Published in General/Features
 
In the '60s my parents opened a small diner near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, I watched my parents sitting at the kitchen table, discussing their plans for what they considered a huge expansion of the business — hiring a dishwasher.
 
But my parents kept putting off the decision, in large part because of a proposed minimum-wage hike. This would've made the additional employee, as I recall my parents concluding, "too expensive."
 
This brings us to the impact of recent minimum wage hikes in California. The owner of a small restaurant told me that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited several small business owners to city hall to discuss the impact of a proposed minimum wage hike.
 
Several brought profit-and-loss statements. Each business person, the small restaurant owner said, tried to convince the Democratic mayor that their profit margins were too small to take the wage hike without laying people off, cutting hours or raising prices, which usually means a falloff in business.
 
At the end of the meeting the mayor simply said, "I feel confident that you can absorb the cost."
 
A new study by two researchers, one with Mathematica Policy Research and the other with Harvard Business School, focused on "the impact of the minimum wage on restaurant closures using data from the San Francisco Bay area." The researchers concluded that "a $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to approximately a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of exit." They wrote: "The evidence suggests that higher minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants. However, lower quality restaurants, which are already closer to the margin of exit, are disproportionately impacted by increases to the minimum wage."
 
So the most vulnerable restaurants — the more "affordable" ones — appear to be the most hurt by a minimum wage hike.
In January, the East Bay Times reported that 60 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area had shuttered their doors since September. Even the mighty have fallen. The Fresno Bee recently wrote: "Joining San Francisco's restaurant die-off was rising star AQ, which in 2012 was named a James Beard Award finalist for the best new restaurant in America. The restaurant's profit margins went from a reported 8.5 percent in 2012 to 1.5 percent by 2015. Most restaurants are thought to require margins of 3 and 5 percent."
 
In San Diego, voters approved an $11.50 per hour minimum wage for 2017, up from an $8 minimum wage in June 2014. This is an increase of 44 percent -- in just two and a half years! The San Diego Union Tribune recently reported: "Evidence has emerged of an economic dark side to San Diego's decision last year to vault over the state minimum wage — it may have already destroyed thousands of jobs for low-wage workers even as higher pay helps tens of thousands of others.
 
"Consider the restaurant industry, for example, which economists study because it relies on low-wage workers, yet generally faces no foreign or out-of-state competition. Amid an abrupt slowdown in growth, nearly 4,000 food-service jobs may have been cut or not created throughout San Diego County from the beginning of 2016 through February of this year."
 
The now-defunct organization called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now came to California years ago to gather signatures on a petition for a ballot measure to increase minimum wage. Incredibly, ACORN sued the state to exempt itself from the then-current minimum wage and overtime laws. In its filings, ACORN said, "The more ACORN must pay each individual outreach worker —
either because of minimum wage or overtime requirements — the fewer outreach workers it will be able to hire."
 
 
Can't make this stuff up.
 
 
When George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, left the Senate, he bought the Stratford Inn, a small Connecticut inn and restaurant. It went bust and he blamed, in part, the very kind regulations he passed as a politician devoid of business experience.
 
"I wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee," said McGovern. "... I learned by owning the Stratford Inn is that legislators and government regulators must more carefully consider the economic and management burdens we have been imposing on U.S. businesses. ... Many businesses, especially small independents such as the Stratford Inn, simply can't pass such costs on to their customers and remain competitive or profitable."
 
As for the mayor of Los Angeles, it should be noted that he worked on a Ph.D.at the London School of Economics. But at this famed institute, Garcetti did not study economics. He studied "ethnicity and nationalism."
 
Makes sense.
 
Larry Elder
Published in Business
Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:16

New Discoveries: Cycles in Time

 
New discoveries have overturned 150 years of scientific thinking when it comes to us, you and me, the way we think about ourselves, one another and about the world, from undeniable evidence. 
 
There is a new story emerging, one that gives us a lot of answers and beckons us to ask some new questions too...
 
How can we be resilient in the world that's growing more volatile by the day? How can we thrive in the new "normal" that is already with us, already here right now unless we are honest with ourselves about what is actually going on. 
 
We need to examine these new discoveries, and what they are telling us, what they mean in our lives. What is causing these extremes we are seeing in our world? Why are they happening right now?  
 
These new discoveries are telling us.... it's all about cycles, cycles of time!
 
Unfortunately we are not seeing any of this in traditional mainstream media, they have their own agendas of global warming being caused by the "Human Race", it's not being discussed in textbooks or in classrooms either, for much the same reasons.
 
Scientific evidence now recognizes that we are living in a rare convergence of three cycles of change; cycles of climates, economic cycles and cycles of human conflict.
 
Through new discoveries we now know these are natural cycles, they follow natural rhythms that we can predict and we can calculate because evidence shows these cycles appear on a regular basis.
 
That's what makes the time we are in now so unique. All three of these cycles are appearing at the same time, they're colliding right now............. and it's happening in our lifetime.
 
The primary source of information about the history of our planet comes from the sea floor sediments and core samples scientists pull up out of the oceans, it comes from ancient tree ring data but the problem with this is that tree rings only go back a couple thousand years and it comes from Ice core samples that we find in the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland.
 
ice core
 
These core samples hold a tremendous amount of information which can be read by scientists who know how to read these samples, as you and I would read pages of a book.
 
Each year when a new layer of ice is deposited, that layer captures the information of what is going on in our atmosphere, if there was a volcanic eruption then they'll find volcanic dust particles, if the wind has blown pollen grains from Europe then we know that too.
 
From the ice cores we can tell a tremendous amount of information as in how strong the magnetic fields have been in the past, how strong the sun was, how high the sea levels were, tremendous amount of information and here's the best thing they tell us, we can tell what the ancient temperatures were.
 
The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) drilled at a site called Dome C in Antarctica that was 3233 miles above sea level, they were able to drill a 3270 .2 miles long core sample containing over 740,000 layers, each layer representing one year.
 
Another collaborative ice drilling project between Russia, the United States, and France was drilled 350 miles north of Dome C at Lake Vostok, that core had over 420,000 layers.
 
The information from the two drill sites gives us 420,000+ years of our past to compare with today. To see if there is something wrong. To see if the Earth is "broken", to understand if something truly anomalous is happening right now.
 
chart 1 A
 
In the Graph A, you are seeing the two different ice cores. In blue, the EPICA ice core  and in green, the Vostic ice core, in red, is the thickness of the ice of the corresponding timeline. Even if you know nothing about how to read this information, you can see the cycles, you can see the rhythms, it is not your imagination..... there are obvious visible cycles and cycles within cycles.
 
We are at 0, on the left of the graph now and 450,000 years ago is on the right. When you look at the blue or green ice cores, and the volume of the ice, what we see is they agree with one another, times when the temperature of the earth have ebbed and flowed, when it's been warmer and when it's been cooler and when it happens in one place it happens in another place as well.
 
So if we look at the graph today, we are above the average temperatures and we can expect temperatures to be higher and ice volume lower because of the cycle we are in. We should be concerned if we were not experiencing higher temperatures because this evidence shows us it has happened in the past and should be happening now.
 
The real question we should be asking now is how much warmer is normal, how much warming should we really be seeing?
 
chart 1a
 
Graph B comes from the ice core data and the sea floor sediment data and represents earth temperatures, 0 being today, with the graph going back 2000 years. The green line we see in the center represents the average temperatures over these past 2000 years. The graph shows us where we have seen temperatures above and below that average.
 
We clearly see that today we are above normal than the average but are we warmer now than be have been in the past? Absolutely not!!!  We see by the chart that we are no way near the other high temperatures that have been reached in the past. In the 1200 to 1300's AD temperatures were almost twice the anomaly we are seeing right now, back in the years 800 to 1000 AD temperatures were three times where they are now, this time in history is a time that scientists refer to as MWP or Medieval Warming Period.
 
Can you imagine being three times as warm as we are now without the modern technologies that allow us to remain comfortable? I remember from my history lessons that this era in history was known as the Dark Ages when scientific and cultural advances came to a virtual stop. 
 
Maybe it was just too hot!
 
Look to our next issue for this continuing story, where we will be exploring this subject of cycles further, and looking at other new discoveries and how they relate to us, today!
Published in Environment
Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:14

CHAIRMAN OF THE BORED

 
People say golf is boring. Boy, is it ever. I know because I'm out there every sunny day being bored to death. I guess the "golf is boring" crowd thinks someone my age should be out there playing something much more exciting, like football or field hockey or basketball. Sorry guys, but despite what you see in the commercials for Cialis and just-for-men vitamins, most people my age cannot windsurf or run marathons or marry women 45 years younger than we are. Although I'm a boring old man who plays golf, I never seem to have time to sit on the sofa and watch hour after hour of non-boring TV shows about extreme cooking, the housewives of who cares, guessing the prices of things I don't want, buying houses I can't afford in foreign lands and "Judge Judy." What's surprising is how many people who never get off the sofa think that playing golf is boring. But I have an idea that would make golf much more exciting for them. Cheerlea ders!
 
Why is it that just football and basketball have cheerleaders? Because, obviously, they are boring sports. Otherwise, why would they need cheerleaders to spice things up? Why don't baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming, skiing, track and field and curling have cheerleaders? Think of the benefits. Every time a baseball player looks as if he's going to scratch or spit -- boom -- the camera could go to the cheerleaders. It wouldn't make the game go any faster, but it might seem like it. It sure works for football. It's funny that the people who complain about the slow pace of baseball will happily sit in front of the TV for four or five hours to watch a one-hour football game. Many, many more hours if they watch the pre- and post-game shows that endlessly talk about the stuff the fans are about to, or just did see. Talk about boring. The pace of a televised football game makes a round of golf or a baseball game seem like an action-packed and blazingly fast video game.
 
The word "boring" interests me. It's been my experience that people who say they are bored, are boring. Books should be written about it, it is the cause of much suffering.
 
It's a big world, there's plenty to do, there's plenty that needs to be done. You could be learning to speak French, you could be volunteering at a soup kitchen, you could be reading a best-seller, you could be calling your friends, you could be listening to music, you could be exercising, bowling, ice skating, knitting, hiking, fishing, gardening, playing cards, games, jigsaw puzzles -- the list is endless. Why, you could even golf. Certainly, you can find something you like to do no matter how small your town or how remote it is. Being bored is a choice.
 
Why would anyone choose to be bored? Because nothing comes up to their high standards of not being boring. Instead, the bored get into cars, they text, they drink, they go too fast and crash into trees. YouTube is full of bored people accidentally lighting themselves on fire, destroying their own cars, chopping down the wrong trees, hurting themselves in innumerable and unspeakable ways. It's like that old joke: What are the last words of a bored redneck? "Hey guys, watch this!"
 
Not bored now, are you? Oh, I forgot, there is nothing on Earth more boring than waiting for some painkiller in the emergency room while more serious cases are taken inside as you sit in the waiting room bleeding and in agony. The good news is that you're keeping a lot of EMTs, nurses and doctors from being bored. Yeah, golfing is so boring. I can't believe I'm going to do it again tomorrow.
 
Jim Mullen
Published in Lifestyle

 

Thank you former AG, Loretta Lynch, you just gave the American people the absolute confirmation that an “INVESTIGATION” AND NOT A “MATTER” , is essential to get to the bottom of “who obstructed the Clinton investigation” Lynch, Comey or both! Thank you, Loretta!!!

I certainly hope that President Trump or AG Sessions reads this, as there is no doubt there was obstruction in the Hillary Clinton investigation… Lynch just confirmed it!

REOPEN EVERYTHING!!!

Keep in mind that about 2 weeks after the infamous “Tarmac” meeting and Lynch’s order for Comey to ‘Down play the investigation to match the Clinton campaign”; Comey actually did close the investigation!!

Five FBI field offices that had active criminal investigations, on Hillary, were “livid” that the  FBI Director crumbled under what I believe was pressure from Obama through Lynch and actually did close the case because of that pressure! Any real FBI Agent , AUSA ,USA or competent lawman and indeed, any average citizen with an ounce of common sense, who heard Comey’s “declination” knows it was a “set up” and illegal!

The Grand Jury is the only body that determines if there is Probable Cause to Indict. In this case, Comey made it VERY clear, in his “preamble to declination”, that there is PC. The Grand Jury decides if they should indict. That’s called the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. I have NEVER, in 28 years as an active criminal Agent, EVER heard of an FBI agent being asked to give the final prosecutive opinion on ANY criminal case, period! It’s a clear violation of the Federal Rules!

So…if Comey told the truth, under oath, then AG Lynch is lying…why… to cover up something. If Comey lied, under oath, he committed several crimes and is covering up… something.  The “covering up something” MUST be to protect the person who said to, CLOSE THE CASE. Now the question isn’t, “Was there obstruction”, as the conflicting stories between Lynch and Comey seem to suggest? The question is, “Who”?

Who ordered the closing of the Hillary case? Anyone got an idea? I’ll bet we would ALL agree that Barack Obama should go to jail! The guy is so dirty we don’t know where to start…gave F-16 Fighters to the Muslim Brotherhood; gave Iran, the biggest State sponsor of terrorism in the world, 1.7 BILLION in CASH; gave aid to the Muslim fighters who attacked the American Embassy in Benghazi; refused to send help to Americans under siege in Benghazi; forged or conspired to forge, Official Documents to gain personal wealth and on and on!

However there’s a bit of a dilemma. A sitting President can order that an investigation be closed! Whether or not the sitting President can be charged with Obstruction would be a Constructional question, however, if that President, were shown to be a co-conspirator in a larger plot (a RICO investigation, for example) to overthrow our government (Treason or Espionage in the Benghazi matter), then his ordering the investigation closed could possibly be a predicate crime to protect another conspirator, Hillary! I firmly believe both Obama and Clinton have something VERY serious to keep hidden about Benghazi and they are afraid of each other so they must cover for each other! It has to do with the “weapons” used in the attack.

As investigators, we now have two people over the “proverbial barrel”. One and only one is telling the truth, Comey or Lynch? My money is on Comey, not because he’s honest but because he is smarter than Lynch!!!

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

How about we ask BOTH to take a POLYGRAPH on just that one question, “matter or investigation” and someone LEAKS to the press which one refuses the polygraph?  Only one will decline!!! What comes around goes around!

In my opinion, Comey will take a polygraph test on whether he told the truth under oath, Lynch won’t!

Anyone who would meet with the husband of the subject in one of the highest profile, biggest criminal investigations in FBI history FOR ANY REASON, is simply… STUPID! With one party being the former President, the other a “wannabe” President and the third the Attorney General of the US! C’mon man, WE’RE not THAT stupid! Lynch’s arrogance will be her nemesis.

Bottom line… either one or BOTH, Comey or Lynch is going to hand up OBAMA! Neither is going to take the fall for Obama, neither! Keep this in mind; in my opinion, both Lynch and Comey KNOW that Obama committed Treason, on many fronts and I’m certain, they both know what Clinton and Obama are hiding about Benghazi. They feel Obama is going to go down ANYWAY…so why lie when the tires have already touched the road… I mean Tarmac!

They will wait and then first one in gets the deal!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Published in Politics
 
  Too many of us still think of politics as being black and white and forget about all the gray. 
We say what are you, Conservative or Liberal? Democrat or Republican? Left or Right? Donkey or Elephant?
          
  And yet, that's not even close to current reality. Even within the two largest establishment parties, there are gaping, and sometimes angry divisions. We also have many smaller parties in our state, my.florida.com lists  8 additional minor parties that are also gaining members.
         
   The fastest-growing political affiliation of all is 'none of the above', those who want to participate in our democracy but want no part of either party. They are a diverse group, these non-main-party  folks. Some have abandoned the mainstream parties as they became disenchanted with their evolution. Others have never, ever wanted to adopt any party's beliefs or candidates.  
         
   The largest such party in the state is the Independent Party of Florida . At the height of their membership last October, they had over 262,000 members. Earlier this year however,  voters registering as "independent" in Florida were surprised to get  a new voter ID card in the mail which revealed they were suddenly without a party. the State had changed the Party name to "Non Party Affiliated " per the Florida Administrative Code Rule.
         
   Ernie Bach, chairperson of the Independent Party of Florida based in Largo was not pleased, Bach told us he was aware last year  that the state was planning this and had already reapplied party documents back in September of 16' and the official status of the Independent Party was eventually restored a few months ago in April of this year, but.... "Now all 260,000 have to reapply and 67 county superintendents of elections have to go through the process and time it takes to re-register everyone. It’s just a boondoggle, is what it is. They acted illegally removing our status, this has cost state taxpayers millions and will end up costing many more”  He told us over the phone.
          
  Most previous members have no idea they have to reregister. Without new membership statistics from the State, current guesstimates put Independent Party membership only in the hundreds! 
          
  Prior to that happening, 24 % of voters in Florida were registered as Independent voters , together with other minor party voters who weren't affiliated with either major party, they represented 27 percent of Florida. That's a dramatic shift from just two decades ago, when only 12 percent of Florida voters were neither Republican nor Democrat. 
         
  To put that into perspective, in 13 counties across the state, non-party affiliated voters outnumbered one of the major parties. In Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, Indepentent's outnumbered Republicans.
          
  In fact, both major parties lost voters in the last election year, according to the State Department of Elections, while Independents continued to grow. The major drawback to registering as an Independent in Florida is: You aren't allowed to vote in primary elections unless you're registered with one of the two major parties. 
 
Published in Lee County & Florida
Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:57

The Right Side:HOW’S IT WORKING OUT?

Democrat Leaders;
Sanders (Communist), Ellison (Muslim), Schumer (?), Pelosi (??), Hillary (???), Watters (OMG)  …Party Platform; Get Trump, His Wife and Kids .
 
The Majority of the voting American Republicans and Democrats, are smart, believe in our Constitution and our Rule of Law. The Democrat “leaders” are neither smart, nor honest and absolutely do NOT believe in our Constitution. The Leaders are afraid to tell the truth about their beliefs because they know their base is smart, honest and “do” believe in our Constitution! So the Leaders lie! They call themselves “Progressive”. Did you ever look it up? I did. Here it is; “person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas”. How liberal? EXTREMELY!
 
Sanders is an admitted Communist, tell me where in the Sanders “Mein Kompf”, it says, “private” ownership and free enterprise and freedom of speech”? Where in the Koran, upon which Ellison, an admitted Muslim, took the Oath of Office, does it say, “Separation of Church and State”? Do you understand what I mean regarding Ellison? He took his oath of office as a US Congressman, from Minnesota (along with Sen Al Freakin’ Kranken, OMG), to “protect, preserve and defend the Constitution” on HIS book of faith which decrys  our Constitution and states explicitly that he must believe in one Supreme, unelected Ruler who is the Church and State of Islam! I would love to ask him if he believes in all the Surahs in the Koran!!! He must, as an Unbeliever of Islam, according to Mohammed, (Surah 5-36) “as to those who reject Faith…if they had everything on Earth …to give as ransom…for the day of judgement…theirs would be a grievous Penalty”. This is a winner, (8-12), “I am with you give firmness to the Believers. I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers (that’s you and me): you smite them above their necks and smite all their finger tips off (cut their heads and fingers off)”.
 
We should ignore that because there are only 37 Islamic Nations and about 150 million Muslims who actually practice those beliefs!
 
According to the DaiIy Wire, “ In September 2016, (Sadiq) Khan (Londons’ Muslim Mayor) actually had the gall to say that citizens in big cities should just get used to terrorism”.
 
- Permissiveness
- Look the other way
- Allow Muslims to take Public 
  Office in previously non socialist 
  countries
 
Great!. 
HOW’S ALL THAT WORKING OUT?
 
J Gary DiLaura
 
Published in Politics
 
A parasitic worm that can infect people's brains has been found throughout Florida, according to a new study.
 
The researchers found the parasite, called rat lungworm, living in rats and snails in five Florida counties in both the central and northern parts of the state. Rat lungworm was previously found in southern Florida, and the new study is one of the first to show the extent of the parasite's spread across the state.
 
The researchers warned that the parasite, which is typically found in the tropics and only recently appeared in the continental United States, will likely continue to expand its range in this country. They said that the parasite's apparent ability to thrive in areas outside its historical range is "alarming," and as average temperatures rise with climate change, the parasite will likely spread into more temperate areas.
 
The parasite carries out its life cycle in rats, snails and slugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People can become infected if they eat raw or undercooked snails or slugs, or if they eat contaminated produce.
In people, rat lungworm, or Angiostrongylus cantonensis, can infect the brain and cause meningitis, according to the CDC. Infected people may experience headaches, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, and abnormal sensations in their arms and legs. Most people fully recover without treatment, but in rare cases, the infection can cause neurological problems or death, the CDC said.
 
Although human cases of rat lungworm have yet to be reported in Florida, the researchers called for increased awareness of this parasite to help prevent infection and properly identify infected patients.
 
"The parasite is here in Florida and is something that needs to be taken seriously," Heather Stockdale Walden, an assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, who led the study, said in a statement.Human cases of rat lungworm have occurred in Hawaii for more than 50 years, but it wasn't until the mid-1980s that the parasite appeared in the continental United States, showing up in rats in New Orleans. (The rats likely arrived on ships from areas already inhabited by the parasite.) Since then, rat lungworm has shown up in Louisiana and Texas. Previous studies have found the parasite in snails in Florida, but these studies were small.
 
In the new study, the researchers analyzed more than 1,500 samples from rats and snails in 18 counties throughout Florida. The investigators found that samples from five counties — Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough — tested positive for the parasite. But the parasite is likely even more widespread than what was found in the study, the researchers said. 
 
That's because, for certain species, the researchers had only a limited number of samples. The scientists may have had more positive results if they tested more samples from these species, the researchers said. "The reality is that it is probably in more counties than we found it in, and it is also probably more prevalent in the southeastern U.S. than we think," Walden said.
 
The parasite didn't seem to be picky about the types of snails it infects, either, said study co-author John Slapcinsky, the collections manager of invertebrate zoology at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The researchers found the parasite in both native and non-native snail species.
 
To prevent infection with rat lungworm, the researchers recommended washing produce, teaching children not to eat raw snails and washing hands after handling snails. The CDC advises against eating raw or undercooked snails and slugs.
 
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
 
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