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ACORN’s successor group in Missouri has been paying protesters $5,000 a month to generate civil unrest in Ferguson, the troubled St. Louis suburb where black youth Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer last August.

We know this because some of the protesters haven’t been paid and, now, they are demanding what they were promised. They held a sit-in at the offices of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and posted a demand letter online.

 

(from Tom Tillison’s f/b group The REAL Orange County Political Voice)

 

November 4 2014

Tidbits & 2014 opposition election postmortem for Orange County Florida Elections

Big Win for the Republicans and self admitted disaster for the Dems during the 2014 election, as  Mike Cantone (democrat political advocate) sez HERE in his I Like Mike post. (hat-tip Tom Tillison.)

Important to note among Mike’s prescient analysis is the admission that ‘Question C’ on the ballot was “pushed and financed by outside money!”

As I’ve been sayin’ – and make no mistake:

Orange County is Under Attack by outside influences awash in out-of-state financing to change the very things we love about Orange County for their personal gain! Like a ripe Orange perfect for the plucking.

Most Floridian’s, not already ‘indulging’ really understand that the move to amend the state constitution to allow Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions is just the ‘tip of the spear’ for legalizing marijuana usage.

To my libertarian friends I would say – AMENDING THE STATE CONSTITUTION is not the appropriate place to codify marijuana usage. Besides, opening the door for mob rule, circumventing the legislative process leaves not many good options in case there is need for a legal remedy.

To all who so vehemently oppose smoking cigarettes and cigars, I would say – that smoking is NOT a proper delivery device for medicine.

To everyone not already ‘self medicating’ I would say – that NONE of these recognized medical associations support marijuana as medicine:

American Medical Association
American Cancer Society
American Glaucoma Society,
American Academy of Ophthalmology,
National Institute of Drug Abuse(NIDA),
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Association(SAMHSA),
Food and Drug Association (FDA),
National Multiple Sclerosis Society,
American Academy of Pediatrics,
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),
American Society of Addiction Medicine.

hickenlooper-potreckless Moreover, the Governor of Colorado – a state recently moving from Medical to Legalizing Marijuana – just came out last week stating it was a reckless idea to legalize marijuana.  As I was saying Colorado started with medical marijuana.

I don’t think this is a bridge too far; but, as medicine, I wonder how long it will be before marijuana is  be covered under the Affordable Care Act? Where costs are certain to be passed on to the unwitting taxpayer.

Why Isn’t Marijuana an FDA-Approved Medication?
Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis sativa. It contains more than 400 di erent chemicals—many with unknown effects—which differ from plant to plant. For something to be a medicine, it must have well-defi ned and measurable ingredients that are the same each time a person takes a dose. That means one pill has to have the same amount of medicine as the next. This way, a doctor can determine what dose to prescribe and how often a patient should take it.
Also, marijuana has harmful effects, especially when it is smoked, that must be considered. Smoking marijuana can cause a chronic cough and increased risk of bronchitis and other lung infections. It can also interfere with learning and memory, affect driving (especially if combined with alcohol), make some people anxious and paranoid, and can lead to addiction. More Here  myths-of-medical-marijuana.

Vote NO  Question / Pregunta-C

Moving Countywide Charter Office Elections and Making all Charter Office Elections Partisan.

vote-no-on-CFor more than twenty years, one political party  the Democrats in Central Florida have been manipulating the County Charter to benefit their own political agenda!

The only problem with what is now being proposed — to revert elections from non-partisan to partisan — is that is that many Central Florida Voters  will be disenfranchised from their right to select a county commissioner!

Yes, all of the NPA, Independents  and Libertarian registered voters will be shut out from process of selecting a county commissioner!

 

It’s just politics!“; they say.

 

Of course, these same people and their party leaders have some other interesting things to say also: “… being a NPA is just being weak minded!…”

weakminds

 

 

 

So I would urge all of my Orange County Neighbors to vote NO on Question C. 

Your vote is your voice!

Why help those who are attempting to engage in voter suppression for hundreds of thousands of your neighbors who are Independent or NPA voters!

Amendment One – a proposal to collect $18B in documentary stamps over twenty years primarily for land acquisition – brings to our state several dangers that raise serious questions.

First, how much government owned and controlled conservation land do we need?  Twenty-eight percent of Florida is already in conservation.  Add another 3% for government facilities and we have over 30% of our state owned and controlled by government.  According to Nancy Smith of the Sunshine State News, Florida has “more land under public ownership per square mile than any other east of the Mississippi.” 

Second, is it wise to insert a part of our state’s budget into the constitution thus limiting the budgeting authority of the Legislature?  It is the Legislature’s responsibility to work with the Governor to craft an annual balanced budget to meet the needs of our state.  Through the Legislature, all the needs (including environmental) are considered, debated, and approved by our elected representatives, not just those of a single special interest.

Third, have you considered the impact decreasing acreages of private property will have on local needs such as education, roads, infrastructure, and public safety?  When property is moved from private ownership to government ownership, it is moved off the tax rolls.  Less taxable property means less tax revenue. Local governments will have the choice to lower their spending or raise property taxes.  Which decision do you think they’ll make?  

Fourth, do you know that most groups endorsing this amendment are special interests pushing an environmentalist/sustainable development agenda?  Their petition and campaign has been funded and directed in large part by a Boston-based 501(c)(4).  The Conservation Campaign and The Trust for Public Land have been directly involved in one-quarter of all US conservation finance measures since 1996, generating $35 billion in new public funding for land conservation.  Florida is one of their top priority targets.

Fifth, does government ownership of land enhance wise purchasing practices to protect taxpayer money, good stewardship maintenance of land, or making more land open to the public?  US Congressmen representing the state of Utah (87% federally owned) will tell you “No.” 

The American free market system encourages willing buyers and sellers to transact agreements, and there is a place for government to own land.  But, government should not be handed enormous amounts of tax payer money to buy and control land.

The American dream was founded upon the principle of private citizens owning and using property as a protection against the potential tyranny of the state.  More government ownership threatens that principle with no guarantees of better land stewardship. 

Alternatives exist to conserve land.  For example, rather than buying private farms, the state could simply buy their conservation rights.  The cost would be much less while keeping farms in production and on the tax rolls.

Amendment One brings many dangers to our state and is promoted by very driven and well-funded special interest groups.  These things should be considered before writing an $18 B check to Amendment One advocates.

Dan Peterson
Executive Director
Coalition for Property Rights
Info@proprights.com

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