Little Guys Beat Wayne Huizenga

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If you see Wayne Huizenga this weekend, be nice to the guy.

Our local mogul took a bad beating on Election Day.

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No he wasn't backing Alex Sink -- he put a lot of money into helping to elect Rick Scott to the governor's mansion, including $100,000 into Scott's PAC, Let's Get to Work (I'm not making this up). That's predictable, though; Scott is clearly Wayne Huizenga's kind of guy.

No, it wasn't any politician's election or defeat that crushed Huizenga's dream. It was a little ballot initiative up north in Riviera Beach.

Huizenga and his son have (had?) grand plans for the publicly owned Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, which includes a view of Palm Beach mansions and historic Peanut Island. The marina is one of the last places where old Florida has survived and folks of modest means can use the facility and actually live in a houseboat on the water Travis McGee-style.

Huizenga wanted to change all that and turn the marina into a 

megayacht repair facility to be used by the proverbial "ultra-high net worth individuals." His Rybovich boat company came a long way in making that happen by buying off -- er, I mean winning over -- the Riveria Beach council.

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Some Huizenga/Rybovich handiwork that failed
But one of our favorite activists, Fane Lozman, got in his way and won with the help of then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2007. Then it came back again, and Lozman and other dedicated activists fought it again, this time employing the voters. A group called Citizens Task Force gathered the signatures to get the referendum on the ballot, and on Tuesday, 54 percent of voters backed it, prompting Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters to declare that the fight was over and the citizens had beaten Huizenga.

It didn't come easy. Huizenga's yacht company, Rybovich, hit the activists behind the Citizens Task Force, Emma Bates and Andrew Byrd, with a lawsuit demanding $10 million from them for allegedly harming their business efforts. Huizenga's Rybovich also financed a political campaign urging citizens to vote "no" in a losing battle.

For Lozman, the fight didn't come easy; the city seized his houseboat and destroyed it with the help of a terrible ruling by a federal judge. But that didn't stop Lozman from celebrating after learning of the victory. 

"We fuckin' pulled it off, man, we beat Huizenga!" he told me the day after the election. "We pulled it off!"

-- More history was made during this election than just the fact that the man behind the greatest Medicare fraud in American history was elected to the governor's office. Also historic is the fact the Democratic bastion of Century Village in Deerfield Beach voted for a right-wing Republican over the die-hard Democrat in the U.S. Senate race.

Totaling eight precincts at Century Village shows that Miami Republican Marco Rubio outperformed Democrat Kendrick Meek by a vote count of 774 to 673, a margin of 53.5 to 46.5 percent.

Hear that? I think it was the late Century Village boss Amadeo "Trinchi" Trinchitella rolling over in his grave.

Nah. Trinchi played the game better than anyone. He'd probably have gone along with it too. Because the top vote-getter of course was Charlie Crist, a recent Republican who those same ancient voters had fought at the polls numerous times before. Crist pulled 1,110 votes in those same districts, nabbing 43 percent of the overall vote, while Rubio came in second with 30 percent and Meek trailed behind with a paltry 26 percent.

It's just another sign that the Democratic Party folded like a cheap suit.

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Glasser and Crist got cozy together
By the way, cheers to Jeremy Ring for calling for the ouster of Florida Democratic Chairwoman Karen Thurman, who is tied at the hip to Broward's sold-out, washed-up Democratic chairman, Mitch Ceasar. Throw all the bums out of the party. 

Oh, and if you're wondering how Crist did at Kings Point in Tamarac, the homebase of Ceasar's right-hand woman and Democratic National Committeewoman Diane Glasser, well, he even did better there.

The Florida governor got a whopping 60 percent of the vote in three Kings Point precincts, according to my calculations from election records. Meek came in second with 23 percent, while Rubio got 17 percent.

Remember when Glasser, a sitting Tamarac commissioner, was caught in a loving photograph with Crist before the election? She later told everyone at a meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee that it was a coincidence and she didn't even know the governor was going to be at the meeting in question. She didn't explain, however, why she had dinner with Crist's group after the meeting. I think the vote totals in Kings Point -- which she has ruled with recently criminally charged Marc Sultanof for years -- is a better indicator of the truth than what comes out of her mouth.



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Celeste Christi
Celeste Christi

I have to say I'll miss Olberman. His show was laugh out loud funny, and at the end of the night, after watching the real news, I always enjoyed listening to his commie-socialist-marxist rants. Laughing out loud is good for body and soul, and to that end Keith was good for my health.

That said, the Rhode Scholars more appropiate name is Rachel Madcow.

As for NBC's 'control thought and action' policy, they're Nazis. This is America.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What's the Rainwater/Scott link? Any info on that?

Christy
Christy

Rainwater made BushRainwater made Scott

Just another Decade..

"Bush isnothing if not loyal to Rainwater, who has done very nicely while hispal has been governor. Among the favors Rainwater has enjoyed: *Statebuildings sold to Rainwater's real estate company at bargain basementrates; *State college and public school funds invested in Rainwater'scompany; *A Bush-sponsored tax cut that failed, but would have cutmillions in annual taxes for Rainwater; and *A stadium-financing billbacked by Bush that gave a $10 million bonus payment to a Rainwatercompany." Politex, May 1999

http://www.mail-archive.com/ct...

Christy
Christy

Scott is an Ol Mergers and Acquisition Attorney.

My question is what/who is the state of Florida going to Merge with and what will Scott Acquire? My guess it is not money.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Prediction---Charlie Crist will rejoin the Republican Party---He fipped and can't afford to flop.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Christy,

Have you researched any good links about Bush/Scott? I'd like to know more about their history.

Christy
Christy

Bush/Scott thicker than thieves.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Rick Scott is now a "made" man in the Bush crime family.

Anonymous
Anonymous

'Is Olberman's firing "pre" Iran War? Was he removed because he was viewed as too influential?================================

Olbermann was fired because he too stupid to follow his own network's rules. Anyone who reads anything other than that into Olbermann's fired, in also stupid.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If it had been Hillary instead of Columba Bush, imagine the headlines By Bev Conover From what has dribbled out so far, Columba Bush, the wife of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, didn't make a "mistake" in not listing on her Customs Declaration form some $19,000 in clothing and jewelry she bought during a Paris shopping spree. It was deliberate.

Who sez? Why Jeb himself.

"She knew what she did was wrong and made a mistake," Bush told reporters during a bill signing ceremony in Tallahassee.

How about that? Columba's own husband said she blatantly broke the law, but now he wants us to forget the whole thing because she's sorry and is suffering "a deep feeling of remorse."

Dream on, Jeb. This is just one more example of the Bush family's disregard for the law. Or is it, to paraphrase Leona Helmsley, only the little people who must obey the law?

Since the story broke in the St. Petersburg Times, it has gone from being an "innocent" mistake-as if it could slip a person's mind that she had brought back purchases of $19,000 (chicken feed, eh?)- to a wife intent on hiding from her husband how much money she had spent. Uh huh.

The initial story led us to conjure up a cartoon (if only we could draw) where Columba, confronted by Jeb back at the gov's mansion, in reference to the $500 she put down on the Customs Declaration form, says, "But, Jeb, I thought they were asking how many sales receipts."

To be sure Jeb wishes this would all go away, but he and his minions aren't as astute at fobbing off questions as is his brother George Dubya, who wants to be prez. Apparently the coming clean thing is not something the Bushes, who weren't above having at Bill and Hillary Clinton, don't understand anymore than Daddy Bush (the former prez) understood "the vision thing."

"It is a lot of money. But look, that's between her and me," Jeb told reporters.

Not exactly, Jeb. The Florida First Lady fibbed to Customs Service officials, got caught and paid $4,100 in duty and penalties, then allowed a disingenuous cover story to be put out when the press caught wind of her deed. Many Republicans cheered when the media savaged the Clintons and Ken Starr's pornographic report was posted to the Internet. Are there to be two standards-one for Democrats and another for Republicans? You don't like it now that a chicken has come home to roost-as scrawny as this chicken is-do you?

Imagine if Hillary Clinton had been caught in such an act. The headlines would be screaming. Do you think Bill would get away with saying, "But look, that's between her and me?" Right. Kenny Starr would open a new probe of Hillary and go sniffing through her underwear to detect whether she had smuggled anything back from Paris.

Customs Service officials at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, where Columba reentered the country, told the St. Petersburg Times that they gave her two opportunities to amend her declaration. She declined. Then they found the receipts in her purse. Interesting, eh? She got off lightly by having to pay only $4,100. They could have hit her with a $19,000 penalty or confiscated the items. If she were so afraid of explaining a $19,000 expenditure to her hubby, how would she have explained $38,000?

This raises three more questions:

Since it doesn't take a rocket scientist to read and comprehend the declaration form, how many other times has she done this and gotten away with it? Were Customs Service agents in Miami less observant than those in Atlanta? Surely the Bush name wouldn't carry more weight with agents in Miami, would it?

And why would Columba Bush be afraid to tell her husband how much she spent, when he told reporters, "I love my wife more than life-she is my comfort and I am very proud of her. . . . What she does with our money is our business-she can deal with that with me?" Curious.

Moreover, why would Columba, who apparently is not a stupid woman, exercise such poor judgment when her brother-in-law, Dubya who is trying to hide his past, is out to land the GOP presidential nomination and her hubby is working off his butt raising money and support for his brother?

As much as the Bushies all want to wish this away, it is not going to happen while they, their spinmeisters and apologists make such offensive remarks as did Q. Whitfield Ayres, described by The New York Times as "a Republican pollster in Florida and elsewhere in the country," who, in insisting "This is not the stuff of which political commercials are made," is quoted as saying, "I mean, a Democrat is going to attack the Hispanic wife of George Bush's brother? I'd like to see somebody try it."

Whoa! When everything else fails, play the ethnic card.

Columba Bush's ethnicity had nothing to do with what she did. Zip. Zilch. She broke the law-pure and simple -and she got caught.-----------------------------Jeb Bush's son charged for being drunk and resisting arrest-------------------------------------TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- The daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Tuesday after she allegedly tried to fill a false prescription at a Tallahassee, Florida, pharmacy, police said.

---------------------------JEB BUSH SHOULD WATCH HIS OWN FAMILY BEFORE HE _TELLS US WHAT TO DO!!

mountsdora
mountsdora

You are right on track Mr pulp! Keep eyes on Jeb!!!

All That Glitters.....
All That Glitters.....

Virgil that was an incredible post.Thanks LolaB for reprinting it.I hope President Obama stays strong.I hope with the right wing slant Florida is heading we stay strong and not have our rights and progress stifled.

LolaB
LolaB

Just a part of a great post Virgil wrote:

'Is Olberman's firing "pre" Iran War? Was he removed because he was viewed as too influential?Look for this "full court press". The War drums are going to start to beat louder. Let us hope and pray Obama can stand strong against this indsiduous power that has hijacked our great nation. If he isn't able, I promise you that an attack upon Iran will be the true beginning of a horrific and devastating WW3, with 1.4 billion Chinese and 1 billion Muslims lined up against us.'

LISTEN UP....the firing of Olberman is just the first of what is yet to come with the "Lets Take Back America" mantra that is taking over our country. Taking America back to medieval times where unjustified imprisonment, censorship, torture, hate, etc...will eventually (soon than later) be the end of all of us. Kid you not. Wake up and smell the stale roses as they wither away...!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey, shitbird at 9:32 AM,

There's no point to your random links other than than you have no point.

And if you think your losing your job after 2008 had anything to do with Obama, you may want to spend all of your free time going back to school and attempting to learn a little something about economics.

You're a hater, plain and simple and will take any opportunity, however much of a stretch, to place blame on the freedom-loving individuals that you hate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Virgil's not going to be happy about this when he gets back.

unowho
unowho

Troublemaker Im glad to see you have a Moniker now. There is hope for you yet Thank you!!!PS How did you ever think of such a suitable name???

Anonymous
Anonymous

Keith Olberman can take Juan Williams' spot on NPR. Perfect fit, and Juan doesn't "juant" it anymore, now that he has that $2MM Fox contract.

Keith is lucky to get out of MSNBC, Comcast is taking over shortly and they would have bounced him anyway, along with Chris Matthews.

Calling our Virgil (sort of)
Calling our Virgil (sort of)

Virgil,

I enjoy reading your comments, and I respect your opinions even when I don�t agree with them. However, don�t wet yourself just yet over the list of Fox contributors to Republican candidates or organizations. I understand your giddiness over the list since it supports your position. However, in a later post you complain about the right vs. left nonsense in our country. You are perpetuating it by not looking deeper into this issue.

Matt Taiibi has a great take on the Olberman issue on his Rolling Stone blog. He thinks it is ridiculous because Keith does not hide the fact that he is partisan. What he does is "advocacy journalism."

It�s okay for Olberman to do �advocacy journalism� but not for Fox? How many of those on the Fox list (copied below) are actual newscasters who should be unbiased? A handful at best. Almost all of them are political commentators doing �advocacy journalism,� just like Olberman. Of course it comes from a right-leaning slant on Fox. I understand that you may not agree with it and question its accuracy, but that doesn�t change what it is. And if you say that Olberman, Maddaow, etc. . . don�t come from a left-leaning slant, you�re not being honest. I watch both Fox and MSNBC, and I assure you that I have seen inaccurate and slanted �reporting� and advocacy from both.

Should Olberman be allowed to contribute money to whatever causes he chooses? I think so, but MSNBC does not.

Getting back to the list of Fox employees giving to Republican candidates or organizations - consider the source - MediaMatters. Clearly a biased organization in its own right. I�m not saying the information is inaccurate, just incomplete. Did you look up each of the Fox names to see if they ever gave to a single Democrat candidate or organization? I don�t have the time to, but I will make a gentlemen�s wager that you will be surprised if you do. Here�s an obvious one off the top of my head - Dick Morris. Do you really think that he never contributed to a Democrat candidate or organization? MediaMatters selectively reports this information to create the impression it desires. That�s good advocacy, but it�s the same type of tactic Fox uses to advocate its position. If I wanted to, I could go through the list and pick out any of those who ever contributed to Democrat candidates or organizations and "prove" that Fox is biased to the left. Of course that's not true but that's how one can manipulate statistics and facts.

I�m not suggesting for a minute that Fox commentators are not biased or even middle of the road. I just want to point out that you�re falling into the same trap as the majority of Americans, of which you lament in other posts. If your conservative friends need this list to convince them of the republican - leaning bias at Fox, then they really are a bunch of rubes.

Here�s the list:Fred Barnes, Fox News contributorGlenn Beck, host of Fox News' Glenn BeckEric Bolling, host of Fox Business' Follow the MoneyJohn Bolton, Fox News contributorTammy Bruce, Fox News contributorElaine Chao, Fox News contributorMonica Crowley, Fox News contributorMike Gallagher, Fox News contributorNewt Gingrich, Fox News contributorSean Hannity, host of Fox News' HannityMike Huckabee, host of Fox News' Huckabee and Twentieth Television's The Huckabee ShowDavid Hunt, Fox News contributorLaura Ingraham, Fox News contributorJohn Kasich, former host and contributorBrian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox News' Fox & Friends and host of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & FriendsWilliam Kristol, Fox News contributorMichelle Malkin, Fox News contributorKT McFarland, Fox News national security analyst and host of FoxNews.com's DEFCON 3Angela McGlowan, Fox News contributorDennis Miller, Fox News contributorDick Morris, Fox News contributorRupert Murdoch, CEO and chairman of News Corp., parent company of Fox NewsAndrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and host of Fox Business' Freedom WatchSarah Palin, Fox News contributor and host of Fox News' Real American StoriesDana Perino, Fox News contributorDave Ramsey, listed Fox Business personality and former host of Fox Business' The Dave Ramsey Show (through June)Sandy Rios, Fox News contributorKarl Rove, Fox News contributorRick Santorum, Fox News contributorDoug Schoen, Fox News contributorAndrea Tantaros, Fox News contributorStuart Varney, Fox News contributor and host of Fox Business' Varney & Co.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh c'mon TroubleMaker!!! You critique Btan's stement and say nothing about that nauseating self promotion garbage of Chaz at 12:12am? Get real.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Politics for the people is an urban myth.

TroubleMaker
TroubleMaker

@ 1:06AM Btan don't go over board, Bob Norman still has a lot to learn to become a true journalist but he certainly has the potential if he doesn't veer off and becomes one of those MSNBC type clowns. Nevertheless, he is doing good job!

Christy
Christy

Win Some and Loose some.

Augusta
Augusta

Wow Btan, You knocked it out of the field with your 1:06am post! Exceptionally well said-my nomination for the post of the week!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I do have to run now, but reading what the dingbat is writing today is a perfect example of what I was posting this morning, there are those on the Right that are so ignorant and so stuck in their tiny little world, that they process everything as left/right. For example, any sane person with any degree of intelligence would know that the unemployment problem has been in the works now for over 30 years, and as reported just yesterday, jobs in the private sector have increased over the cast year by over a million, and jobs in the public sector have decreased.

So, there is no arguing with or rationalizing with someone so ignorant and inflexible.

As someone once said, it is like arguing with your dining room table.

It is these same ignorant people that will be supporting an attack upon Iran in the near future, completely unaware of the devastating consequences.

Have a good day!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice taxpayer paid trip to India and China. He's only over there giving away more of our jobs and making sure they import everything to us and we have no jobs here and he isn't doing a damn thing about it. Not a damn thing. Just destroying America.

http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I'll give you a little taste of Fox News. First, Sean Hannity is apparently not that conservative in his personal life as he portrays on his show. I have heard the same applies to Limbaugh.

Personally, they are a lot more openminded and liberal than they portray. They are merely following a template that has brought them success. They actually have contempt for many of their followers who they perceive as rednecks. They are basically doing shtick.

Glen Beck's show is known as "empty calories.", meaning that so many advertisers have pulled out due to his lunacy that the show no longer turns a profit. Beck has handlers that write the looney material he uses in the blackboard as well as his books. He is emotionally unstable with a history of alcohol and drug abuse, a former stoner who got high everyday for 20 years.

The RNC, and when Bush was President, the White House, would regularly email and even fax over talking points that they wanted the Network to push. These talking points are then delivered directly to the host and his or her writers, and entire shows are specifically designed and produced around this material.

Finally, you know how you always see "Ex Generals" and other military types on Fox always pushing the War agenda? Well, they are paid not only by the Pentagon using your tax dollars, but in many instances they are paid by the lobbying groups of a foreign nation.

I conclude with that because you will start to see more of them over the next 6 months to a year as the push to attack Iran is intensified. Can you hear the War drums? I can...

boom, Boom, BOom, BOOm, BOOM, BOOM...

Anonymous
Anonymous

@9:12That's because they haven't any concrete facts. This person is only a misinformed puppet. A parrot repeating what some other misinformed not to bright person said.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You aren't very bright, 8:46. Or persuasive. Try sprinkling your posts with a few facts and a little context every now and then.

unowho
unowho

Btan Well Said He is da Boss of South Florida journalism!!!

All That Glitters.....
All That Glitters.....

Very sad that Jill Claburgh past away. She was an excellent actress and only 66 yrs old.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why do Democrats think they are above the rules, laws and can do what they want. They can shut out any member of the house that is no Democrat and not even include them or meet with them.

This is why Nancy Pelosi has been shown the door. Obama is next. Why he chose to play that game. He gambled with his own demise.

All That Glitters.....
All That Glitters.....

Good Morning All!Well said Virgi.To Btan@1:06 AM: Excellent! I share your sentimentsEvery individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.

Bob Norman chooses to be. Thank you, Pulp.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Virgil better the government should own all the networks right?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey, Virg: would love to hear more about what happens behind the scenes at Fox News. I'm sure you can give us some details without revealing your high school classmate's identity (or yours).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Excellent analysis, Virgil, as usual. Keep up the good work!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Matt Taiibi has a great take on the Olberman issue on his Rolling Stone blog. He thinks it is ridiculous because Keith does not hide the fact that he is partisan. What he does is "advocacy journalism." I don't know if I agree with him 100% because Keith was denouncing Murdoch for the same behavior. Now, there is no doubt at all that Fox News is morally bankrupt. I went to highschool with an on air personality and you would not believe what goes on there.

But there is a bigger issue, one much more insiduous that still eludes the American people. The networks are engaged in the intentional fracturing of our nation. They are intentionally dividing us by using the left/right paradigm. They are doing this to serve the interests of their corporate advertisers and "other" masters. Until we realize this, our nation has no chance to come together.

The best way to fight against this insiduous power is to try and educate those dupes on the Right, but trust me when I tell you that this may be a useless cause. You must also consider the notion that Olberman has had a target on his head, and now that the GOP has taken the Congress, the powers that be used this campaign contribution as a pretext to fire him.

Finally, I assure you that the attacks upon Obama will accelerate now because the insiduous power are still looking to emasculate and pressure him into attacking Iran. Thank God Obama has the support of many at the highest levels of our Military, but this insiduous power owns the U.S. Congress and through their new power structure in the House, look for a "full court press" on the issue of attacking Iran. I expect a resolution out of the House designed to pressure Obama into attacking Iran. Remember that Olberman was an obstacle in their way because he would have presented an anti-War voice. The same thing happened to Phil Donahue after 9/11. He had the networks highest rated show but he was fired because of his anti-war views. Jesse Ventura was given a 3 year. contract with MSNBC, only to have it rescinded before he ever did one show. He was anti-Iraq War and the network didn't want that view presented at the time. What happened to Donahue and Ventura was "pre" Iraq War.

Is Olberman's firing "pre" Iran War? Was he removed because he was viewed as too influential?

Look for this "full court press". The War drums are going to start to beat louder. Let us hope and pray Obama can stand strong against this indsiduous power that has hijacked our great nation. If he isn't able, I promise you that an attack upon Iran will be the true beginning of a horrific and devastating WW3, with 1.4 billion Chinese and 1 billion Muslims lined up against us.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey the guy who took a beaten around here is that Jew lawyer Stearn fuck that Jew cock sucker did he want people to feel bad he had to lay of 70 percent fuck all them Jew lawyers it will soon be 100 percent stearn weaver is next,and I hope they all go to jail.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You're half right but you don't get the much larger point.

MSNBC doesn't prohibit donations. It prohibits making them without asking for the network's permission first. KO broke that rule and for that deserves whatever punishment he gets.

But he's just a single guy that made some donations privately and doesn't attempt to promote his candidates of choice on the air.

Fox claims to be fair and balanced but practically everyone in the organization spends all of their personal time and on-air time serving as the fundraising arm of the Republican Party. How can they be fair and balanced under those conditions? It's disgusting and a news organization has no business putting up with it. They have no values. They are morally bankrupt.

Cetacean1
Cetacean1

@Virgil, I doubt that I will ever need to contact you but cudos for the e-mail address. I got it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If Olberman had any respect for his employers he would have followed their rules. He took the job, signed a contract. No political donations whatsoever. They had every right to fire him and he deserved to be fired.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is for that twat on the last blog that insists on calling Rachel Maddow, "Rachel Maddox".

Perhaps if you watched her show and listened to what she has to say, you might be able to get her name right.

There's no reason for you to hate her like you do other than you can't handle the truth.

If you watch this very powerful and completely factual clip of her discussing the Olbermann controversy, maybe the truth will sink in.

Fox News is like the emails I was talking about last night - everything that they do is designed to manipulate you and deceive you.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.co...

JR
JR

Anonymous: I never comment here and seldom read the comments of others. Thus, I'm not trying to pick some cyber-fight here. But your post about right to work isn't correct. Right to work has nothing to do with at-will employment. Right to work means that your employer cannot force you to join a union, ie: you have a "right to work" regardless of union membership. The concept you refer to is at-will employment. That is to say that the employment of the employee is at the will of the employer and thus, may be terminated for any reason or for no reason. Pretty common mistake.

btan
btan

Bob Norman is a star, in his own right... so face it folks. You may not like his humility, his passion and commitment to exposing the truth, but he has successes mounting day by day. Not many other journalists are as diligent, persistent and often, as correct as Bob is. Take what you can learn from his articles, since he so willingly shares information, sometimes at great personal cost. Sure, he never brags. Heck, he doesn't even tell his loyal readers when he's going to be on a news show. But so what? His ego isn't out of proportion to his talents, and he cares deeply about our community. Let his articles inspire you to action! Truth be told, he is a shining example of an investigative journalist and we in the south Florida area are lucky to have him, especially considering that our major print newspapers devote little to no resources to independent investigative journalism. Equally significant, his personal qualities and professionalism shine through as well. He gives credit when credit is due, apologizes when a mistake is made, and NEVER goes on a fellow blogger's website to toot his own horn. He is more gracious than that. Bob knows when to choose his battles and how to fight fairly, when to lighten things up with humour, and always refuses to be manipulated or bought by those who would try - yet he is always civil, never offensive or attacking of others. He is single-handedly creating a community of concerned citizens and offering them a space to learn and grow. Bob is forging his own path, literally creating the next wave of interactive journalism; he is a pioneer in his field.

I'm just beachy
I'm just beachy

Chaz is a star, in his own right..so just face it folks. You may not like his ways, looks or humor but he has his successes mounting day by day. Not many here are as diligent, persistent and often, as correct, as Chaz seems to be. Take what you can learn from him, since he so willingly shares his techniques and results! Sure, he brags and gloats. So what? Be smart, not ignorant. Ignore what he offers that you do not want nor need. Truth be told, he has taught many of us, who are open and willing to put aside what he offers that may offend or annoy us, and simply learn new ways and means to fight the corrupt, or at least not allow them to manipulate us. Chaz is forging his own path and in America, he has that right.

The Strand
The Strand

Oh no, Keith O' got suspended from MSNBC! Getting home kinda of late, but whoohaah this is big, two days after the elections or "selection" Keith gets the big heave ho?

I'll try to get the inside scoop on KO over the weekend, maybe.

Anyone here going to the Charity Guild Diva Ball Saturday night - good cause for all the right reasons. If not attending they have a homepage, Charity Guild Ft. Lauderdale, easy to find and you can make a difference in Broward.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Virgil,

Your writing style is unmistakeable (to me, anyway) but some fraud could easily post a fake Virgil comment and email address such as at 11:03 PM.

Please indulge me and prove you are the real Virgil with a characteristic comment and confirmation that 11:03 is you.

Thank you.

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