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A new public opinion poll finds that the majority of Americans support government regulations as the best way to encourage use of renewable energy, while a minority believes the private marketplace can do the job.
A new Pew Research Center survey of 1,000 U.S. adults shows that a 54 percent majority believes that “government regulations are necessary to encourage businesses and consumers to rely more on renewable energy sources.”
Just 38 percent support the idea that “the private marketplace will ensure that businesses and consumers rely more on renewable energy sources, even without government regulations.”
“Americans tend to support a ‘check all that apply’ approach to energy policy,” said Cary Funk, lead author and associate director of research at Pew Research Center.
“About half of the public believes that a range of environmental and economic considerations should be top priorities in the country’s energy policies,” said Funk.
“While there are sizeable partisan divides over how much importance to place on protecting the environment in energy policy, Republicans and Democrats hold more similar views about the importance of low consumer costs and creating jobs in the energy sector,” he explained.
Still, a “close divide” exists on a core question shaping policy debates today – whether it is possible to cut back environmental regulations and still effectively protect water and air quality.
Some 49 percent think it is possible to trim regulations and still protect air and water, compared with 47 percent who believe it is not possible to protect those resources with fewer regulations.
The survey also finds that 54 percent of American adults believe the Trump administration is doing too little to protect the environment, while 30 percent think the administration is doing “about the right amount.” Just five percent believe the administration is doing too much.
Among the main findings:
Americans, as a whole, support giving priority to both environmental and economic dimensions of energy policy:
-53 percent say protecting the environment from the effects of energy development and use should be a “top priority”
-52 percent describe increasing reliance on renewable energy sources as a top priority
-49 percent think creating jobs within the energy sector should be a top priority
-49 percent maintain that keeping consumer energy prices low should 
be a top priority
-48 percent see reducing dependence on foreign energy sources as a top priority
-Most Americans see renewable energy sources as effective in minimizing air pollution:
-88 percent say solar power is “very effective” (68 percent) or “somewhat effective” (20 percent) in minimizing air pollution
-84 percent think wind power is “very effective” (63 percent) or “somewhat effective” “(21 percent) in minimizing air pollution
The public is less confident about whether other energy sources are effective in minimizing air pollution:
-55 percent say nuclear power is “very effective” (28 percent) or “somewhat effective” (27 percent) in minimizing air pollution.
-72 percent of adults believe natural gas is “very” (30 percent) or “somewhat effective” (42 percent) in minimizing air pollution.
-Minorities consider either oil (41 percent) or coal (34 percent) at least somewhat effective in minimizing air pollution.
These are some findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,012 adults, ages 18 or older from May 3-7, 2017. The margin of sampling error based on the full sample is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
© Environment News Service (ENS) 2017. All rights reserved.
Published in Environment
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:30

Softwood Cuttings

Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, graduations, reunions and weddings are times to remember. One way people remember others is to give gifts. Trees can make very long-lasting gifts. Ones that have historical significance for the giver and recipient are even more special.
For instance, President Andrew Jackson planted a Southern magnolia in the south lawn of the White House in remembrance of his wife, who had died a few months before his inauguration. The tree came from a cutting of a tree at their Hermitage plantation in Tennessee. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan gave his retiring chief of staff, Howard Baker, a cutting from the Jackson magnolia. In May 1995, Baker planted a cutting from his tree at the Hermitage, which is now a museum.
If you have an old $20 bill, look to the left of the White House portico and you will see the large Southern magnolia tree. The Jackson magnolia at the White House is still growing despite being hit by an airplane, at Baker's residence in Tennessee and at the Hermitage Plantation. The single tree is growing in three locations because of cloning. If you start with a piece of a branch, known as a cutting, and take care of it so that it grows its own roots, you will have two individually separate yet genetically identical trees.
Many trees and shrubs have been grown this way for centuries. It is not hard. You just have to be a little patient. Most of our landscape trees and shrubs can be reproduced with softwood cuttings. Look at any tree branch and you will notice that the end of the branch that has leaves growing directly on it is a different color than the section of branch growing closer to the tree trunk. The older sections of the branch are known as hardwood cuttings. The softwood cuttings still have the ability to grow roots. In many trees and shrubs, hardwood has lost this ability.
Prune the softwood cutting about 6 inches to 1 foot long. When pruning, always leave a bud at the end of the branch so the branch can continue to grow. On many cuttings, the section of stem between buds will not grow, so it should be cut off. The leaves should be removed from the bottom third up to one-half of the cutting. The stem should then be stuck into sand, perlite, vermiculite or peat moss. Keep the cuttings in a shady location with lots of humidity and moisture for several months.
Professionals use a greenhouse with automatic misters. We can improvise with a milk jug cut in half. The bottom is filled with sand; the cuttings are placed in; and the top is set back on. It can be held in place with a dowel running out the top and a clothespin to hold it on. The pros also use rooting hormones that are often available in garden centers or catalogs. The hormones do increase the percentage of cuttings that will root and the amount of roots the cuttings get.
The more cuttings you take the better your chance that some will root. The longer you wait (as long as they are not dead) the more likely some will root. Some tree cuttings will have lots of roots in only a month, and others will need all summer and fall to get enough roots to survive on their own.
Jeff Rugg
Published in Outdoor
Who is the real threat to the national security?
Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners?
Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew.
President Trump has the authority to declassify security secrets. And in sharing that intel with the Russians, who have had airliners taken down by bombs, he was trying to restore a relationship. 
On fighting Islamist terror, we and the Russians agree.
Five years ago, Russia alerted us that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a violent radical Islamist. That was a year and a half before Tsarnaev carried out the Boston Marathon bombing.
But upon what authority did The Washington Post reveal code-word intelligence secrets? Where in the Constitution or U.S. law did the Post get the right to reveal state secrets every U.S. citizen is duty bound to protect?
The source of this top secret laptop-bomb leak that the Post published had to be someone in the intel community who was violating an oath that he had sworn to protect U.S. secrets, and committing a felony by leaking that secret. 
Those who leaked this to hurt Trump, and those who published this in the belief it would hurt Trump, sees themselves as the "Resistance" -- like the French Resistance to Vichy in World War II. 
And they seemingly see themselves as above the laws that bind the rest of us. 
"Can Donald Trump Be Trusted With State Secrets?" asked the headline on the editorial in The New York Times.
One wonders: Are these people oblivious to their own past?
In 1971, The New York Times published a hoard of secret documents from the Kennedy-Johnson years on Vietnam. Editors spent months arranging them to convince the public it had been lied into a war that the Times itself had supported, but had turned against.
Purpose of publication: Damage and discredit the war effort, now that Richard Nixon was commander in chief. This was tantamount to treason in wartime.
When Nixon went to the Supreme Court to halt publication of the Pentagon Papers until we could review them to ensure that sources and methods were not being compromised, the White House was castigated for failing to understand the First Amendment. 
And for colluding with the thieves that stole them, and for publishing the secret documents, the Times won a Pulitzer.
Forty years ago, the Post also won a Pulitzer -- for Watergate. 
The indispensable source of its stories was FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, who repeatedly violated his oath and broke the law by leaking the contents of confidential FBI interviews and grand jury testimony. 
Felt, "Deep Throat," was a serial felon. He could have spent 10 years in a federal penitentiary had his identity been revealed. But to protect him from being prosecuted and sent to prison, and to protect themselves from the public knowing their scoops were handed to them by a corrupt FBI agent, the Post kept Felt's identity secret for 30 years. Yet, their motto is "Democracy Dies in Darkness."
Which brings us to the point.
he adversary press asserts in its actions a right to collude with and shelter disloyal and dishonorable officials who violate our laws by leaking secrets that they are sworn to protect. 
Why do these officials become criminals, and why do the mainstream media protect them? 
Because this seedy bargain is the best way to advance their common interests. 
The media get the stolen goods to damage Trump. Anti-Trump officials get their egos massaged, their agendas advanced and their identities protected. 
This is the corrupt bargain the Beltway press has on offer.
For the media, bringing down Trump is also good for business. TV ratings of anti-Trump media are soaring. The "failing New York Times" has seen a surge in circulation. The Pulitzers are beckoning.
And bringing down a president is exhilarating. As Ben Bradlee reportedly said during the Iran-Contra scandal that was wounding President Reagan, "We haven't had this much fun since Watergate."
When Nixon was brought down, North Vietnam launched a spring offensive that overran the South, and led to concentration camps and mass executions of our allies, South Vietnamese boat people perishing by the thousands in the South China Sea, and a holocaust in Cambodia.
When Trump gets home from his trip, he should direct Justice to establish an office inside the FBI to investigate all illegal leaks since his election and all security leaks that are de facto felonies, and name a special prosecutor to head up the investigation.
Then he should order that prosecutor to determine if any Trump associates, picked up by normal security surveillance, were unmasked, and had their names and conversations spread through the intel community, on the orders of Susan Rice and Barack Obama, to seed the bureaucracy to sabotage the Trump presidency before it began.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Published in National
Alcohol or physical abuses in college fraternity initiation rituals are finally getting the treatment they deserve from prosecutors around the country: as criminal cases. Prosecutors on May 5 filed criminal charges against 18 Penn State students in the death of a 19-year-old sophomore who drank excessively and suffered severe internal injuries during a fraternity hazing.
Members of the fraternity watched him collapse and left him for hours on the floor, even walking over his body instead of calling for help. The victim died of traumatic brain injury and a ruptured spleen.
Closer to home, 22 fraternity members at Northern Illinois University were convicted of misdemeanors in a hazing-related death in 2015. 
The criminal justice system's harder line is long overdue. Colleges and universities have traditionally used campus security and private disciplinary hearings to keep such problems in-house and out of the headlines. That left students unaccountable for their crimes, put other students at risk and apparently provided minimal deterrent value in curbing outrageous behavior. Faculty-student disciplinary committees are not trained in criminal law and not competent to judge guilt or innocence.
The changing attitude during the past decade comes on the heels of congressional studies and reports from respected organizations about high incidences of sexual misconduct, psychological trauma and serious injuries accompanying fraternity hazing and drunken escapades. Attorneys have changed the landscape, too, willing to take on wealthy fraternities.
A generation or two ago, hazing was accepted as part of the fraternity and sorority experience. Authorities looked the other way at initiation rituals that involved excessive drinking, and resulting deaths or allegations of sexual assault were often labeled accidents or misunderstandings. Today, there are growing calls for the fraternity system to be disbanded altogether as universities question the net contribution they make to campus life.
Civil lawsuits that are open for public scrutiny reveal chilling details about fraternity activities. Those lawsuits are partly responsible for forcing administrators to stop relying on internal disciplinary procedures as a deterrent. Parents, too, are coming forward more often to demand justice for their children, unafraid of the consequences and willing to expose perpetrators as criminals. An excellent example was last week's decision by Washington University student Katy Hutson, with her parents' backing, to come forward in the student newspaper with rape allegations.
On the positive side, fraternities can create leaders, foster lifelong friendships and provide excellent networking opportunities. University of Kentucky professor of communications Alan DeSantis notes in his 2007 book about fraternities and sororities that 85 percent of U.S. Supreme Court justices since 1910 were fraternity members, and 18 of the nation's presidents belonged to frats. 
Fraternity alumni who want to remain proud of their associations should work alongside administrators, prosecutors, lawyers and families to clean up the organizations. Repeatedly tragic results only reinforce fraternities' image as big contributors to the college boozing culture.
Published in National
It's been nearly 12 years since a major tropical cyclone hit Southtwest Florida, nearly 12 years since locals had to gear up and get out. During those years, it's been quiet. Blessedly quiet. After back-to-back years with hurricanes coming ashore locally, residents were relieved.
We had become accustomed to keeping our cars gassed up, our cupboards stocked, our generators checked. We knew what it was like to be without power for days, to spend hours waiting to fill up a gas can, to spend even more time on highways trying to evacuate ahead of a threatening storm.
Everyone who lived here when the last hurricanes struck has stories of Dennis, which made landfall July 10, 2005, and Hurricane Ivan, which rolled in less than a year before. Damage was widespread, forcing the closure of U.S. Highway 98 and the bridge to Navarre Beach.
We were warned and we were ready.
And then, nothing happened. For years, storms have brushed by us to the east or the west, leaving us with nothing more than rain and rip currents.
We didn't need the generators we'd queued up to buy. We weren't invited to the big dance and we were thrilled.
It's impossible to predict whether our lucky streak will continue. Every season, meteorologists with the National Weather Service make predictions and either they come true, or they don't. Either way, an average resident of Northwest Florida doesn't pay attention to the forecast unless we are in the dreaded cone of probability.
Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
That means we have about two weeks to decide how seriously we will take the potential threat and what we want to do about it.
Officials are gearing up, holding hurricane exercises and working through the process that is launched when a storm comes our way. It would be irresponsible for them to do any less. When there is an emergency, we expect them to be there, whether we've done our homework to prepare or not.
Hurricanes cause chaos, even when the best plans are in place.
So this is a reminder for everyone who has become complacent, who is sure that a storm won't hit Southwest Florida this season, that we hope you're right.
But we encourage everyone to take basic preparations in case you're wrong.
Here are some of the basics:
-Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and have a plan for where you'll stay.
-Put together a disaster supply kit that includes flashlights, batteries, cash, first aid supplies and copies of critical paperwork.
-Check your house to make sure your roof and gutters are secure. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs in your yard.
-Keep your cars filled with gasoline and your pantry filled with food that doesn't require a working stove or refrigerator.
We might get lucky. We certainly have before.But if we don't, it's better to be prepared than to wish we had been.
Published in Environment
Reefer madness, was a film originally financed by a church group that was released in the late 1930’s depicting the potential evils of Marijuana.
The madness seems to have reached Washington, Madness indeed!
Marijuana is and has been the most commonly used illegal substance in the U.S., and more than half of states in the country allow medical marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing its use recreationally.
However John Kelly, the Homeland Security Secretary has called marijuana a “gateway drug” and vowed his agency will uphold federal laws against its possession.
“Let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs,” Kelly said during a speech about his agency’s mission at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the United States Congress, we in DHS, along with the rest of the federal government, are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books,” he added.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a longtime opponent of cannabis, remains opposed even for medicinal use “It remains a violation of federal law,” he said. “I don’t think America will be a better place when more people, especially young people, smoke pot.”
Medical studies continue to say otherwise, the National Academy of Sciences released nearly 400 page report earlier this year based on 10,000 research studies, whereby the therapeutic benefits and risk factors of marijuana were weighed and compared. The review was conducted by a panel of experts led by Harvard public health researcher Marie McCormack, also 
The review clearly states that there is “conclusive or substantial evidence” that marijuana is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, treating spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients, and as a tonic for nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, also providing convincing evidence that marijuana may be an effective treatment for a host of other disorders — such as insomnia relating to painful syndromes, increasing appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, decreasing severe anxiety, glaucoma, and combating the effects of PTSD.
The review also looked at the health risks associated with marijuana use, dispelling some popular arguments against it and according to the review, smoking marijuana is not associated with the same cancer risks as tobacco — there was no evidence that marijuana use was associated with lung, head, and neck cancers. Tobacco is recreationally legal nationwide.
“It just reinforces what our policy makers should already know, This is a product with significantly lower risk factors than other things that we regulate and consume, like alcohol.” said McCormack. “
Marijuana is also far less risky than another common pain relievers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Tylenol, generically marketed as acetaminophen is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the states., more than 100,000 per year and is responsible for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure.
Acetaminophen poisoning is responsible for nearly half of all acute liver failure cases in the US and can be toxic to your liver even at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks.
But, unlike cigarettes, children can easily buy it over the counter.
During his campaign, President Trump said he supported the use of medical marijuana. Earlier this month, after signing his $1 trillion spending bill, he publicly objected to a provision in the bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from using any funds to block implementation of medical marijuana laws by states and U.S. territories.
Despite the fact that a government sponsored poll conducted earlier this year showed that 57 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana, Attorney General Sessions expressed astonishment.
To my knowledge, there has never been a recorded overdose death associated with marijuana, meanwhile the death toll from cigarettes, alcohol and Acetaminophen combined run to the millions.
And now, Kelly, Sessions and even President Trump, who have never had to experience being on chemotherapy and crawling to a bathroom in order to vomit from its effects, now seem to be making marijuana a major problem.
All the while, ignoring what the majority of the American public, we the people they work for, want.
It make you wonder, what are THEY smoking?
Published in Outdoor
Tournament will be held at the Port Sanibel Marina located at 14341 Port Comfort Rf. Fort Myers, Fl 33908 and starts at first safe light on May 27th, with weigh-in at the Marina between 2pm-4pm
"This event is open for no costs at all to all veterans, caretakers, first responders, our main goal is for this event to be one of the largest displays of Patriotism ever during a tournament." Captain Esteban Gutierrez
This tournament will have the following divisions:
Boats: all boats in this division
Paddle craft division: canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and self propelled vessels etc are in this division.
Calcutta division: the object fish species for this division is announced the night before the tournament at the captains meeting.
Trash can slam: teams must catch a lady fish, a Jack and a catfish, team with highest weight for all three fish wins. 
The 4th Annual Heroes Inshore Slam Tournament is organized by a team of volunteers and business owners to benefit the Southwest Florida Heroes on the Water Chapter.
"Heroes on the water, the mission there is that we treat wounded veterans to triple threat therapy; mental, occupational and physical therapy, we take them out Kayak fishing, so it helps with their rehabilitation and reintegration back into society." Tim Zimmerman
Published in Outdoor
Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:28

Solomon’s Castle

Using what others have thrown out, this 12,000 sq ft castle is complete with towers, a moat, 80 stained glass windows (each with a story) and an electric elevator built from from junk. Thousands of aluminum printing plates discarded by a local newspaper down the road in Wauchula cover the entire shiny silver castle.
''I have a different perception of the concept of patience than most people,'' says Solomon, who built every square foot of the castle by himself, working with metal scraps he got for free, old car parts he got from a junkyard and rebuilt machinery he bought for 10 cents on the dollar." 
''To me, patience is something that you need when you are doing things you don't like to do. My secret is that I just don't do things I don't like to do.''
The sculptor Howard Solomon bought the land in 1972 at the age of 47 for $350 an acre “because it was cheap and he was too” it was in the dry season, little did he know that it would become a swamp during the rainy months. Yet Howard is a resourceful guy; he built a levee and pumped the water out.   He started building in 1974 with his out-of-the box thinking, he envisioned building a castle that would be his home—his dream of paradise. It took Solomon 21 years to create his dream. Then in 1993 he built a moat and as though his castle was not enough, Howard built a boat. Howard does things big, he built a full size 16th Century Spanish Galleon, complete with mast, sails, cannons, rigging, and decks. There are at least 200 pieces of Howard's work on display.  He purchased adjacent land as it became available, and now family members live in the five houses on the 90-acre property and run the business. 
Howard is skilled in over twenty trades that include welder, carpenter, painter, shipbuilder, cabinet maker, tinsmith, plumber, electrician, carver, artist, and others. Even though Solomon's teachers in Rochester, New York public schools told his parents he was borderline retarded. He failed 2nd grade but could do anything with his hands. 
He wasn't mentally handicapped he was just bored.
"I was expelled from high school in the 10th grade, and the punishment was they sent me to an industrial school," he says. "That was a lucky break. I learned to be a machinist and a draftsman. I learned about woodworking and sheet metal. But before I graduated, they expelled me because my true calling was being a comedian, and nobody recognized that but me.”
He was an unlikely soldier but served in Korea. Later he followed his parents to Florida, settled in St. Petersburg with his wife and toiled as a carpenter. In 1962, Solomon moved his family to the Bahamas and began his career as an artist, he had galleries in Freeport, Bahamas and Miami, Fla. and engaged in a multitude of trades to hone his skills. 
"The common thread of my art," he says "is I have to keep my hands busy."  
Solomon's castle has been featured on numerous television programs and in publications around the world.   It has appeared on CNN, HGTV’s ‘Extreme Homes’, and in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. 
You don’t need to be art connoisseur to admire a Solomon sculpture. All you need is a pair of eyes and a sense of humor.  
Also on the property is an antique car museum that includes two cars Solomon was especially proud of — a 1915 ford Model T Speedster and a 1925 Ford Model T.  The car museum is not accessible on the individual tours, but groups can make prior arrangements for it to be included on their visit.
Howard Solomon was born on May 27, 1935 and passed on August 23, 2016, the family had this to say about his passing: “Howard's Dear old heart just gave out at the age of 81. Surrounded by his Family, he peacefully passed away at home in his castle,  just the way he wanted.”  
Howard's Big Kingdom of Fantasy is really a 'Family Affair' including Daughters, Sons, Grandchildren and even a few friends and his wife Peggy who takes care of all the natural botanical wonders. 
You don't always have to look to Ireland and Scotland if you want to explore a castle. Standing in a central Florida swamp, shining in the sun, is a hand-built medieval castle complete with a moat.  Visit the home, galleries and workshop of internationally renowned artist Howard Solomon. Tour the Castle, walk the beautiful nature trails and enjoy a delightful lunch at the Boat in the Moat Restaurant. A wonderful place to spend a few hours, be entertained and have a great lunch.
For a unique overnight adventure spend the night in the castle's quarters available for rent. (occupancy of 2)
The Castle is also available for Weddings and private events & functions. 
We spoke to Dean and Alane (Solomon) Murphy current proprietors who invite all to come visit the Solomon Castle. Located at 4533 
Solomon Rd, Ona, FL 33865
-10 AM–4 PM Tuesday - Friday
-11 AM-4 PM Saturday & Sunday
-Closed on Mondays, 
-The Castle is also be closed all  
  month in August & September.
For more info Call: (863) 494-6077
Jennifer VanderWest
Published in Lifestyle
Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:23

Local Motor Corps Wins Again!

Last year, we reported that the Araba Motorcycle Escort Team took first place in the Shriners Statewide Motorcycle Drill Team Competition for the Florida Association of Shrine Motor Corp (FASMC).
This year they participated in the 2017 Shriners Statewide Motorcycle Drill Team Competition representing our local Araba Shriners Center, to defend their first place title.....and defend their title they DID !!
You have probably seen the Araba Motor Escort Drill Team performing their signature figure 8's, criss-crosses, circles, and other exciting maneuvers during the local parades. Making their home here in Fort Myers at the Araba Shrine Center on Hanson Street, they are a favorite with parade goers throughout Lee County.  
These daring riders from Fort Myers the City of Palms competed this month in the Statewide Shrine Competition and once again the Araba Motor Escort Team has taken first place in the State Drill Team Competition.  The State Drill Team Competition can be best described as synchronized motorcycle maneuvers, like that in synchronized swimming, only with Full Dresser Harleys.  For the second year in a row they have also taken first place in the "Overall" Team Competition which encompasses the drill maneuvers and the inspection of the team and their motorcycles.
The "traveling trophy" which comes with that honor, will once again reside at the Araba Shriners Center on Hanson Street for the year of 2017.  It will be up for grabs in the 2018 Shriners Statewide Competition when the local team will ride with anticipation of a win for the third year in a row.
Members of this years Drill Team are Captain Ed Lawler, Dodd Skipper, Gary Manning, Dave More, Fred Peterson, Gill Drake and Bobby Mimmo.
The team would like to thank all of those who have supported them through their training and preparation.  Captain of the Drill Team, Ed Lawler added, “I want to thank the team members for all their hard work and a successful weekend, and I'd like to also Thank all the Shriners that came out to support our practices and those that were there for our victory,  it takes a team working together to do great things.” 
Last year this team went to the International Shrine Association Competition (ISA) to represent the state and came in third place in the Drill Competition and third place in the obstacle course.
On July 9th, 2017 at the Daytona International Speedway the Araba Motorcycle Escort Team will be competing at the International Shrine Association Competition (ISA).  As the State of Florida Champions for FASMC Araba Motorcycle Escort Team will be competing with all Shrine Centers Nationally and Internationally.  All event will be held in the infield at the Daytona International Speedway.     
As a fundraiser, the speedway will allow all desirous racing "wanna-b's" to do a lap on the track in the vehicle of your choice for only a $25 donation to the Shriners Hospital For Children.  I don't know about you but that is definitely on my bucket list.
All are welcome to come out and support your local champions and take part in this fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital For Children by taking a spin on the track. 
Shriners have long been known for their charitable work, particularly with their well-respected Children's Hospitals and Burn Units. There are over 22 hospitals in North America alone and it is estimated that the cost to operate these medical facilities is in the billions of dollars annually.
Al DiPasquale
Published in Lee County & Florida
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 20:15

Tim Allen's Hit Gets Canceled

In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: men, rural America and working-class families.
"If we're talking about diversity and inclusion, I want to make sure we're inclusive of everyone," she declared. "When you think about the name, we're the American Broadcasting Company."
We've seen this movie before. The commitment to wholesome values is perhaps the emptiest statement in Hollywood.
This month, she broke that campaign promise like a politician by canceling the Tim Allen sitcom "Last Man Standing," a show appealing directly to that Trump electorate. A petition protesting the move has nearly 300,000 signatures. Allen tweeted that he was "stunned and blindsided" by the bad news.
Why was Allen fired?
The show didn't have a ratings problem -- it averaged 6.4 million viewers this season, and that should be graded upward on a curve, since the show aired on Friday and the overall Friday audience is typically smaller than other weeknights. Dungey said the job of a programming executive was "managing failure," but this wasn't a failure. "It was a steady performer," she admitted. However, she added, "Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that's where we landed."
Instead, they're moving in the drama "Once Upon a Time," which averaged 3.2 million viewers this year, or half of Allen's number. In the second hour, ABC is eventually placing its show "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which this season averaged 2.3 million viewers.
What about Saturday to Thursday? Apparently, there wasn't a slot on ABC prime time for Allen's show.
What constitutes a success at ABC? Dungey declared herself "optimistic and excited" about a third season of "Quantico," which, according to creator Joshua Safran, is opposed to "Trumpian instincts." The series just concluded with a plot that the Trump-like president wanted to merge the FBI and CIA into one giant agency and was exposed as a tool of the Russians. And the ratings? This cartoonish liberal claptrap averaged 2.7 million viewers this season, just over a third of Allen's total. It was renewed.
These surviving shows with mediocre ratings are owned by ABC. That means there are business reasons for Allen's show to be dismissed, since it's owned by 20th Century Fox. But it's the second-highest-rated ABC sitcom behind "Modern Family," which is also owned by Fox. (This season, it was ABC's third most watched scripted series behind "Modern Family" and "Grey's Anatomy.") But ABC is keeping Fox-owned "Fresh Off the Boat," which on Tuesday night drew less than 4 million viewers. Pro "diversity" ABC wasn't going to cancel an Asian-American sitcom -- one with an episode last November during which a character proclaimed, "This country was founded by illegal immigrants," meaning the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.
ABC also claims it is renewing these less-popular shows due to "critical acclaim," and that's one way Hollywood liberals can cite liberal TV critics in defense of their decisions. Tim Allen is not a critic's darling. They dismissed this show as retreading his 1990s ABC smash "Home Improvement."
So if Tim Allen's hit show is produced by Fox, why can't Fox pick it up? Deadline reported that Fox isn't airing traditional multicamera sitcoms anymore and is leaning toward "edgy" comedies to try to attract younger viewers. Fox only had two weeknight sitcoms this season, both of which struggled: the beyond crass "The Mick" (2.9 million average viewers) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.1 million average viewers). Both were renewed.
Looking at all this, you can see why Tim Allen is stunned ... and why it's easy to think that a pro-Trump TV star is suddenly out of fashion largely for reasons that have nothing to do with ratings or business.
L. Brent Bozell III 
and Tim Graham
Published in National
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