Thursday’s flurries set Florida record

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This is from News 4 Jacksonville.

I thought there was globull warming, climate change or whatever the latest thing it is being called.


Ocean-effect snow creates buzz from Jacksonville through coastal Georgia.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Snow-way! Call it a miracle! Snow danced over the streets of Jacksonville Thursday for the first time in five years and tied the record for the day of a trace set 57 years ago.

Granted it’s not a Buffalo type record where the only way of escape out of your house after a snow event is out the second story window. But this is Florida and any flurry, whether one or a dozen is a BIG deal.

Snow is exceedingly rare in these parts. It was enough to drive adults and kids alike from high rise offices downtown and out of schools to witness this “great white rain,” a term coined by explorer’s through this area in the late 1700s when snow fell over the region, according to meteorologist-emeritus George Winterling, that was falling from the sky.

So how rare is snow in Jacksonville really? According to NWS meteorologist David Shuler, unofficially Jacksonville has recorded 18 winters since 1910 with at least one trace snowfall event. This only accounts for the months of December, January and February. Not November or March. Therefore the number of events may be a bit higher if those two months are accounted for. According to meteorologist Jason Hess, only three snowfalls have actually accumulated officially in Jacksonville in 103 years (1956, 1986 and 1989) with the greatest 24 hour accumulation of 1.9 inches in February 1899 — before records officially began.

Thursday’s snowfall was a rare phenomenon known as ‘ocean effect snow.’ It’s the same idea as lake-effect snow except it occurs over the ocean.  The idea here is that the water is warmer than the land this time of year allowing moisture to rise and condense to form clouds and rain or snow.

When our winds shifted to the northeast, the moisture began moving towards land. Even though the surface temperatures were above freezing near the surface, the air just above the boundary layer (basically the first few hundred feet above the surface) was below freezing allowing the snowflakes to make it to the ground before melting. Voila! Snow.

It nearly didn’t happen though. A powerful arctic front pushed through Florida late Wednesday powered by a mega-high pressure system over the mid west. That high drove in a lot of dry air, evidence by our dew points (measure of moisture in the air) into the teens meaning any flakes would have evaporated before reaching the ground. Through the process of evaporative cooling (wet-bulbing), our atmosphere cooled and moistened just enough to allow for the flakes to hit the ground.

Snow was last observed officially, a trace, in Jacksonville the day after Christmas in 2010 with measurable snowfall in southeast Georgia.

“Today’s forecast looks cold and…and I just want to point out the ever so slight possibility of a few light flurries across our area today. A small chance but a chance nonetheless,” meteorologist Richard Nunn said Thursday on The Morning Show. Many thought that statement to be the joke of the day — until it happened!

The Weather Authority ran with the idea and thus ‘#FlurryWatch2015’ was underway with Blake Mathews out in the field scanning the skies for what was sure to be a bust.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, multiple reports started pouring into the newsroom of flurries around Jacksonville, then spreading north to Fernandina Beach, Yulee and into coastal Georgia in the afternoon. By late in the evening, the event was over. However, in the minds of all of those in our area, the event rages on bringing a palpable excitement unknown even to kids at a toy store!

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Gun deaths for U.S. officers rose by 56 percent in 2014: report

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This is from Yahoo News Canada.

In the current racial situation, how many more police officers will die?

R. I. P. Valiant Warriors.


A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn in what is only the seventh instance of police partners being killed together in the city in more than 40 years. Thousands of police officers from departments around the country, including those in St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., were expected to join U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other officials for the funeral service at the church on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW OBITUARY)

Reuters/REUTERS – A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn in what is only the seventh instance of police partners being killed together in the city in more than 40 years. Thousands of police officers from departments around the country, including those in St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., were expected to join U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other officials for the funeral service at the church on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW OBITUARY)

(Reuters) – Gun related deaths of U.S. law enforcement officers rose by 56 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, with about one-third of officers killed in an ambush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Tuesday.

Across the country, 50 officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to the website of the non-profit fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers.

The most deadly states were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Georgia, the group said.

“Fifteen officers were shot and killed in ambush, more than any other circumstance of fatal shootings in 2014,” the website said.

The deadly ambush of two New York City policemen as they sat in their squad car in New York on Dec. 20 was a flashpoint in a deepening rift between the city’s police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor had expressed qualified support for protests sparked by the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with white officers, and said he warned his biracial son of the “dangers he may face” in encountering police officers.

The shooter who killed the two policemen and then himself had written online that he was avenging the deaths of two unarmed black men last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Altogether, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2014, a 24 percent increase from 2013, when 102 officers were killed, the fund said.

The number of firearms-related fatalities matches 2012 statistics, when 50 officers were killed by guns,” the fund said.

The second most common cause of death for officers in 2014 was traffic-related incidents.

Florida’s 55 Bloomberg Anti-Second Amendment Mayors

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This is from Ammoland.

Some FYI for the voters in Florida.


Florida – -( If your Mayor is on this list, please take a moment to ask why your elected officials are fighting against your right to bear arms.

As unlikely as it may seem to those of us who pay attention to Second Amendment issues, there may still be some Florida Mayors Against illegal Guns (MAIG) Mayors who have been mislead by lies fed to them by Bloomberg’s anti-gun group.

We have the emails sent to Florida Mayors from MAIG claiming that they support the Second Amendment, we even have emails from known anti-gun Police Chiefs and Sheriffs reassuring some mayors that MAIG is just “helping to target illegal guns, not legal gun owners”.

They may not have noticed that MAIG has opposed every pro-gun and pro-self-defense legislative initiative proposed in Florida and nationally since the group was founded.

It may have missed their radar that MAIG has supported the adoption of some of the most draconian anti-gun laws in this nation’s history.

Nobody may have told them about the “merger” of MAIG with the “Moms Demand Action” gun control group and the MAIG created “Shoot First” lobbying initiative that supports gutting Florida’s self-defense laws; Most egregiously trying to argue that you should even have a duty to retreat from your own home during a home invasion.

The fact is, if MAIG were really only targeting ILLEGAL gun users, We’d support them. But that is clearly not their goal. Instead they target the places where you shop, your churches, and your local government. MAIG is targeting YOU to make your guns illegal.

Please take a moment to ask these Mayors why they are fighting against your right to defend yourself and your family.

Florida’s 55 Bloomberg MAIG Mayors
Mayor City/County email/Contact
Susan Gottlieb Aventura
Jean Rosenfield Bal Harbour
Robert Yaffe Bay Harbor Islands
David Coviello Biscayne Park
Jerry Taylor Boynton Beach
Rocky Randels Cape Canaveral
Greg Ross Cooper City
Jim Cason Coral Gables
Walter B. Duke Dania Beach
Judy Paul Davie
Derrick L. Henry Daytona Beach
Cary Glickstein Delray Beach
Bruce Mount Eatonville
Daisy Black El Portal
Glenn Singer Golden Beach
Samuel J. Ferreri Greenacres
Charles Sanders Greenwood
Samuel Henderson Gulfport
Joy Cooper Hallandale Beach
Peter Bober Hollywood
Ken Schultz Hypoluxo
Ted Blackburn Islamorada
Marlene M. Wagner Lake Hamilton
Barrington Russell Lauderdale Lakes
Richard J. Kaplan Lauderhill
Howard Schieferdecker Maitland
Tomás Regalado Miami
Philip Levine Miami Beach
Oliver G. Gilbert Miami Gardens
Wayne Slaton Miami Lakes
Carlos Gimenez Miami Dade County
Lori C. Moseley Miramar
Connie Leon-Kreps North Bay Village
Jack Brady North Lauderdale
Lucie M. Tondreau North Miami QUIT MAIG to SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS!
Douglas A. Gibson Oak Hill QUIT MAIG to SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS!
John Adornato Oakland Park QUIT MAIG to SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS!
Myra Taylor Opa-Locka
Buddy Dyer Orlando
Dominic Persampiere Oviedo QUIT MAIG to SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS!
Colin Walkes Pahokee
William Capote Palm Bay
Shelley Stanczyk Palmetto Bay
Frank C. Ortis Pembroke Pines
Cindy Lerner Pinecrest
Diane Veltri Bendekovic Plantation
Thomas A. Masters Riviera Beach
Philip K. Stoddard South Miami
Rick Kriseman St. Petersberg
Norman Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach
Michael J. Ryan Sunrise
Daniel Dietch Surfside
John Marks Tallahassee
Jeri Muoio West Palm Beach
Eric H. Jones West Park
Daniel J. Stermer Weston
Dr Helen B. Miller White Springs
Gary Resnick Wilton Manors
Juan Otero Zolfo Springs

Florida Carry is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry, Inc. was organized by a group of Florida gun rights activists in order to better coordinate activities, effectively lobby the state legislature, and to provide a legal entity capable of filing suit to demand compliance with state and federal law. Florida Carry stands only to represent our members and the over 6 million gun owners of Florida. We are not beholden to any national organization’s agenda that may compromise that mission.

Florida Carry works tirelessly toward repealing and striking down ill-conceived gun control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law abiding citizens.

Florida Carry
Phone: 850-270-7486
Fax: 678-359-9816

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HOW DO YOU SAY, ‘DISRESPECTFUL’ PUNK IN SPANISH: How Mexican 8th Graders Act In Our Schools

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This is from Clash Daily.

The words of this teacher ring true this is the same things being said by the Mexicans I went to school with in Florida.


This letter written by a substitute teacher and was read while the state Senate was considering bills on immigration will shock you…

YouTube – The letter by substitute teacher Tony Hill was read aloud Thursday as the state Senate considered one of five bills on illegal immigration. Hill wrote that a majority of eight-grade students who he taught recently at an unnamed Glendale school refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and declared that “We are Mexicans and Americans stole our land.”

Hill went on to write: “I have found that (in) substitute teaching in these areas most of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather (want to) be gang members and gangsters. They hate America and are determined to “reclaim” this area for Mexico.”









[Video] Florida Sheriff Shuts Down Piers Morgan’s Gun Control Discussion During Interview


This is from Guns Save Lives.

Piers Morgan just could not get Sheriff Chris Nocco to get on his more gun control bandwagon.

You can hear a little exasperation in Morgans voice because Sheriff Nocco to join the more gun control crowd.  

Piers Morgan had the chance to interview the sheriff, Chris Nocco, of the county where a man was shot in a movie theater last week.

Rather than just trying to get some information from Nocco on the crime, Morgan, of course, has to try to steer the discussion on to the topic of gun control.

However, Nocco wasn’t having any of it. Nocco repeatedly reiterated the fact that the victim in this case was killed by another person, not a gun.

Nocco went on to point out that, yes, some people are killed by gun violence, but there are just as many, or more, people who use firearms for self defense everyday (as we document on this website).

Nocco also pointed out that if guns are outlawed, criminals will still get them through illegal means.

Morgan likes to compare his native UK, where guns are essentially banned, to the US. I’m not sure how Morgan thinks that a small, island nation and a much larger country with open borders can be thought of as similar.

Given the fact that guns can be used for both good and evil, in my opinion, we have to keep our Second Amendment rights intact. This is America, and we should be erring on the side of freedom, not caution.

Great job holding up to Morgan’s gun control rhetoric by Nocco.

FL:Thoughts on Warning Shots From a Police Firearms Instructor

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This is from AmmoLand.

I am not a fan of warning shots as you stand a chance of killing

someone if the shot is not properly placed.

You also stand the chance of doing property damage.

Both cases open up the possibility of going to prison and a

major lawsuit.

Even police officers have errant warning shots.

My two cents worth is shoot the aggressor center mass and

continue shooting until the threat is stopped.

Dean Weingarten

                                          Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(  Florida is moving toward a “Defensive Display” law that includes the possibility of a warning shot or shots being acceptable as a part of self defense, if no innocents are injured.

Arizona passed a similar law several years ago after the aggressors in self defense situations were using the criminal justice system to have the defenders arrested on aggravated assault charges.  Arizona’s law does not include warning shots.

In the case that I know of, the aggressors were following the defender in a “road rage” scenario.  At one point, they pulled up along side of him, while traveling, and threw a beverage container at him with enough force that it cause a small cut.  When he stopped at a light, boxed in by traffic, two of them got out of their vehicle and started running toward him from a couple of cars back.  He held up his defensive sidearm for them to see, and they quickly stopped their aggressive actions and ran back to their vehicle.   Then they called 911.  He was also on  the phone to 911.  The police came to his house, and eventually arrested him (he thinks that it was because, under stress, he made a bad joke that offended the investigating officer).  He was going to trial, when the prosecution informed the defense that there was a third 911 call that confirmed the defender’s version of events.   The case was dismissed, but there was tremendous stress and expense involved.  The aggressors were never arrested or charged.

With the Florida law, the most contentious issue is that of “warning shots”.  Here is a discussion of the issue from a retired State Patrol firearms instructor.  I have edited it a little for spelling, with permission of the author:

I think defensive display can have a place in a self defense situation.

More then one criminal assault has been stopped when it has become know that victim is armed.

Warning shots are a lot tougher because of the high probability of some thing bad happening.

When I was on my Department’s firearms and use of force committee, we had a long discussion on warning shots. Some were for forbidding them all together, some were for a more modest policy.

We were trying to determine if the policy should allow or forbid them. We decided the policy should read, that they should be RARE and INFREQUENT, based on the facts at the time they were used.

This was decided mostly on the facts of two situations where warning shots were used and the suspects were taken into custody after the warning shots without harm to the officers or suspects.

Having read the use of force reports and interviewing the officers I truly believe without the warning shots the officers would have ended up shooting both suspects.

It seemed clear that both of these suspects were trying to commit suicide by cop and the warning shots jarred them out of that line of thought and they surrendered because of the warning shots and not pressing forward with their attack on the officers that would have forced the officers to shoot them.

One was armed with a baseball bat the other was not armed, but kept making threats saying he had a gun and making movements like he had a gun and was going to use it.

Both warning shots were fired into good bullet stopping areas and there was no one else around.

Warning shots good, bad, or other wise, I guess one would have to take the totality of the situation into account before determining if they were justified or not and safely executed.

This summation of warning shots seems well thought out.   I have always taught a policy of *not* firing warning shots, but with the caveat the every policy has exceptions.   The idea that warning shots should be rare, but that each circumstance should be considered in the totality of the situation, appeals to me and to my understanding that each defensive shooting is unique.

In most situations, it is a better resolution to a situation if it can be resolved without having to shoot someone.

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Hudson River town wonders what’s next as GE plant heads south in latest NY manufacturing loss

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This is from The Republic in Columbus, Indiana.

The deadly combination of union thugs extorting G.E. as

well as high liberal imposed business taxes.

More and more companies are escaping these union thugs

and oppressive tax rates.


FORT EDWARD, New York — When General Electric moves jobs from its capacitor plant in this Hudson River town next year, worker Mark Rock figures he might have to leave, too.

About 200 jobs will head south as soon as September when GE sends local operations to Florida to cut costs. While New York has had successes in the constant geographical tug of war for jobs, manufacturing jobs like these have been dwindling for decades. People in this area south of the Adirondack Mountains are the latest to wonder what comes next.

“The high-paying jobs that we have now in the area are going to shrink,” said Rock, a 41-year-year-old married father of two. “If I don’t find something making at least 20 bucks an hour in New York state, then I’m skipping town.”

The loss of manufacturing jobs is a national trend, but New York has felt the sting more than some other states. Paul Blackley, an economics professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, said New York state lost 42 percent of manufacturing jobs from 1990 through 2006. Over the same period, Florida lost 18 percent.

Blackley said there’s no single reason for New York’s drop, but business costs and an older infrastructure likely play a role.

“I think your tax climate, your labor costs, your old capital are probably three of the biggest factors, not only in this specific move, but a lot of the moves that you see out of New York state,” he said.

The GE plant has sat by a narrow stretch of the Hudson River in this town of 6,000 since World War II. It makes electrical capacitors for power transmission systems and industrial uses.

The Fort Edward facility and a long-closed sister plant in neighboring Hudson Falls used PCBs in production until 1977, and river sediment contaminated by discharges of the oily substance is being dredged by GE as part of a multi-year federal Superfund cleanup that could cost $2 billion.

With 177 production workers and 20 salaried employees, GE is not the biggest employer in the region. But the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company pays well. Production workers here average $28.50 an hour, according to estimates cited by the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332.

PHOTO: In this Dec. 11, 2013 photo, a man walks past the General Electric plant in Fort Edward, N.Y. GE has been a big presence in this little upper-Hudson River town for almost 70 years, employing generations and leaving a $2 billion mess in the river. Now GE is moving its operations to Florida. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 11, 2013 photo, a man walks past the General Electric plant in Fort Edward, N.Y. GE has been a big presence in this little upper-Hudson River town for almost 70 years, employing generations and leaving a $2 billion mess in the river. Now GE is moving its operations to Florida. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

GE officials say the plant has been losing money for several years and they will move to an existing facility in Clearwater, Florida, where the company can take advantage of efficiencies of scale. GE spokeswoman Christine Horne said their competitors are in lower-cost locations.

Village of Fort Edward Mayor Matthew Traver said the loss of GE is not a knockout blow — Fort Edward still has a tissue plant and there are manufacturing jobs in the surrounding small cities and rural areas. But many here worry about an estimated $12 million in wages disappearing.

“What did we do wrong?” asked John Weber, sitting on a stool at his restaurant, Ye Old Fort Diner. “Did our union get too strong? Did GE get too greedy? What?”

GE has been accused of abandoning New York. But Horne noted that GE has actually created more than 1,600 jobs in the nearby Albany area over the past several years, including some 450 production jobs in Schenectady.

The company’s actions illustrate how New York is constantly is losing and gaining jobs. GE’S Fort Edward announcement last month came the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Ford Motor Co. would make a $150 million investment at its Buffalo Stamping Plant, creating 350 new jobs there.

New York actually added 8,180 private-sector jobs in November, according to the latest ADP Regional Employment Report, though manufacturing jobs decreased by 80 in that month.

Wages have loomed large as an issue in Fort Edward. Union officials involved in fruitless negotiations with GE this fall to keep the company in Fort Edward said they would have had to reduce average wages to around $12 an hour to hit GE’s savings target. GE disagrees but did not provide its own figure.

Average hourly wages for some manufacturing jobs in the Clearwater area can be 11 to 23 percent less than the area around Fort Edward, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data. Florida also is a “right-to-work” state, which means workers can’t be required to join a union as a condition of employment. The Clearwater jobs will not be union jobs. Horne said they will pay prevailing wages.

“We need to improve our overall cost structure to be competitive. Wages are only one element of that cost structure,” Horne said.

At the union headquarters near the GE plant, where the “Keep it Made in Fort Edward” signs lay stacked in by the door, workers know there are other jobs in the area. But they worry it will be harder to make ends meet.

“This was probably the best-paying mill in the area,” said Bruce Ostrander, a veteran tool-and-die maker. “We had a chance, and everybody in the area had a chance to move their life up, to get a little bit more comfortable.”


High school baseball star, 17, ‘beat his mother with a bat then fatally slashed her throat and stabbed her in the eye after Christmas Eve argument’


This is from the U. K. Daily Mail.

This animal will find a bleeding heart shrink to B.S. the

court into sending him to therapy or a mental hospital.

I say do not send him to prison but beat him with a

baseball bat, slash him with a knife then stick it in his eye.


  • Sharon Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her Gulf Breeze, Florida, home Tuesday night when a friend came to check on her
  • William Brandon Aydelott, 17, coldly confessed killing his mother
  • Detectives say he even smiled as he described the savage attack
  • Mother and son had been fighting for months and Brandon had been living with a friend
  • Ms Aydelott was a beloved middle school science teacher


A 17-year-old high school baseball star has been charged with murder after beating his mother with a bat then viciously hacking her to death on Christmas Eve, police say.

Police found Sharon Hill Aydelott in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, with her throat slashed and a large kitchen knife sticking out of her eye socket about 6pm Tuesday.

Her son, William Brandon Aydelott, a promising pitcher on the Gulf Breeze High School baseball team, was arrested and confessed to killing her after a heated argument, authorities say.

Sharon Hill Aydelott
Brandon Aydelott

Horrific: Sharon Hill Aydelott was viciously hacked to death by her son William Brandon Aydelott, 17, (left), police say.The two had been fighting since September


Ms Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, about 6pm on Tuesday nightMs Aydelott was found dead in a pool of blood at her home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, about 6pm on Tuesday night


Ms Aydelott was found dead in her home after a friend stopped by to check on her, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

Brandon had been staying at a friend’s house on-and-off since September because of a rocky relationship between mother and son, police say.

Detectives say that after the murder, he fled the home and went back to the house where he had been staying.

Police tracked Brandon back to the friend’s home about three hours after finding the gruesome murder scene.

After police took Brandon into custody, he coldly admitted to brutally slaughtering his mother.

Detectives say he even smiled slightly as he confessed to the horrific crime.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound teen described in detail how he repeatedly smashed his mother with a baseball bat.

He then attacked her with a large kitchen knife, slashing her multiple times and cutting her throat before driving the blade through her eye.

Detectives say he was wearing clean clothes. The found only a small splotch of dried blood on his wrist.

Brandon Aydelott, a right-handed pitcher with a hard 80mph fastball, was being scouted by college baseball teams – including, possibly, the University of Alabama.

‘Pitching tomorrow at bama stadium #lego,’ he tweeted in June.

Ms Aydelott was a beloved science teacher at Holley-Navarre Middle School, where she had been teaching seventh and eighth graders for the last 15 years.

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Labor unions have some wild ideas about ‘work’

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This is from Florida

Unions doing their best worst to abuse taxpayers.

I think unions have outlived their usefulness.


drunk teach

2). No shows at work

Dozens of Miami-Dade County employees often don’t bother to show up for work, and instead, opt to spend their time working as union reps, on the taxpayers’ dime. County Commissioner Esteban Bovo told Florida Watchdog this is costing taxpayers anywhere from $12 million to $24 million annually.

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3). A gamble where everyone wins

Martin Mulhall, a groundkeeper for Mardi Gras Gaming in Hallandale Beach, Fla., alleged the Florida casino traded the personal information of nonunion employees to UNITE-HERE, a hospitality union, in exchange for the union’s endorsement of a bill that would expand gambling in the state.

Mulhall said that the union used the personal information, as well as access to casino grounds, to wage a 2004 card-check campaign, which would allow labor organizing at the casino without a secret ballot election. The groundskeeper and his attorney argued that the casino, in giving the union the personal information of employees, violated federal labor law.

On Dec. 10, the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss an appeal from UNITE HERE Local 355 without deciding whether its agreement with Mardi Gras Gaming is valid.



4) The ‘pushing’ power  

The Miami police union, just one week before union negotiations, produced a video warning job applicants not to work for them. “Are you looking to advance in your career? Do not apply to be a police officer in the City of Miami,” says the 16-second clip, shown in the Fraternal Order of Police website.



5) Meetings: Not open to public

According to The Times-Union, Jacksonville mayor’s office worked secretly with the Police and Fire Pension Board in a carefully organized  ruse to iron out a pension deal. The secret meeting appeared to be a violation of the state’s Sunshine Law that says all collective-bargaining meetings must be open to the public.











On the flip side, being a unionized employee has its advantages. According to a 2011Bureau of Labor Statistics report, unionized workers typically earn higher pay than nonunion workers doing the same job. Although it varies based on industry and occupation, the overall averages are striking. In 2010, union workers’ median weekly income was $917, compared to  $717 for nonunion workers.

According to the New York Times, in Florida, one in 20 of workers in the state belongs to a union.


Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory

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This is from BizPac Review.

This is a big win for Florida College students.

This is a win for the Second Amendment.

The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendmentrights.


From University of North Florida student Alexandria Lainez’s Facebook page.

“This is a growing movement in a number of cases,” said Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday, who represents Florida Carry Inc. and UNF student Alexandria Lainez in the court fight.

Friday, who called the Lainez decision the biggest of its kind in Florida in 20 years, said the case “reaffirmed that the power to regulate firearms rests solely with the Legislature and not anywhere else.”

Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.”

Lainez, who’s 24 and has had a concealed weapons permit for three years, said she takes firearms safety and training pretty seriously, too. A Jacksonville resident with a half-hour one-way commute to school, she said she’s working to get students at other schools interested in gun training, too.

“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school.”

And making that commute armed means storing the gun on UNF property.

UNF regulations prohibit weapons on campus. According to the student handbook printed in 2011 when the case was filed, expressly threatened that violators could be arrested.

“No college or university has the authority” to make such a regulation, Friday said.

Lainez, a member of Florida Carry, sued UNF to change the regulation, but lost at trial to UNF’s argument that it could ban weapons because state law allowed school districts to do so. UNF argued that since it’s a school, it should be considered like a public school district.

In Tuesday’s decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled otherwise.

“From the beginning, the argument was an absurdity in my mind,” Friday said.

But the broader issue, Friday said, involved the powers of local governments – such as counties and cities – to violate gun rights through control ordinances that in effect in one part of the state but not another, putting gun owners at risk of arrest depending on the jurisdiction.

It’s a gun rights battle being fought in other states – where officials in places like libraries and bus companies try to make petty authority grounds for violating constitutional rights.

In Michigan in November, the state Supreme Court  refused to hear an appeal by a library district in Lansing that claimed it had a right to ban guns in a battle with Michigan Open Carry Inc. National Review’s headline called it a “victory for open carry advocates.”

In Wisconsin, the gun rights group Wisconsin Carry is suing the Madison Metro Transit Authority for trying to ban guns on city buses. That would make for stricter gun law than the ones passed by the state Legislature – which meets in Madison.

In Florida, a state law in 1987 prohibited local governments from passing local gun control ordinances stricter than those passed in Tallahassee, but included no way of enforcing it, Friday said.

That led to local governments – particularly in South Florida – “thumbing their noses at the Legislature,” Friday said.

In 2011, the Legislature passed another law containing a series of threatening local jurisdictions or agencies with fines against the agency heads, removal from office for elected officials and allowing for personal damages up to $100,000 for violations, Friday sad.

When that law passed, most local governments changed their laws to comply before it came into effect Oct 1, Friday said. UNF and some other agencies didn’t.

In an emailed statement Wednesday, UNF Associate Director for Public Relations Joanna Norris wrote that the university is still reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. Until it makes that decision, she wrote, the university’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect.

Friday said that means the university intends to continue breaking the law.

“In other words, despite the express, well-reasoned opinion of this court, they intend to continue violating students’ rights until they have to comply,” he said.

Why this kind of obstinacy by officials at the local level when they can’t get their anti-Second Amendment way in state capitals?

“In some cases, it’s just a personal belief, or bias against firearms or the right of self-defense,” Friday said. “People in power don’t like it when their power is challenged.”

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