Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This will be of interest to Florida voters, especially Florida Republicans preparing to vote Aug. 24th. Reports are that central Florida state Senator Paula Dockery is on newcomer Republican Rick Scott's short list for Lt. Governor. The two have spoken and Dockery is the only name being touted.

Scott is the multi millionaire former CEO of Columbia HCA who is leading Bill McCollum in GOP primary polls here in the sunshine state. McCollum looking like the nominee a year ago could be defeated in 4 weeks, a defeat that would stun the GOP establishment since not one Republican insider or elected official in Florida backs Scott for Governor.

Scott who is associated with the Tea Party could pick Dockery because of her moderate image and legislative experience.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

US Senate Democratic Race: GREENE FOR SENATE

In one month, Florida Democrat's head to the poll's to choose a nominee for the U.S. Senate. The Democratic nominee will then go onto face Republican Marco Rubio and Independent Charlie Crist.

Two Democrat's will face off for the nomination in the August 24th primary, longtime Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek and Billionaire investor Jeff Greene. With reservation, I recommend Greene to Florida Democrat's.

Kendrick Meek entered the race for U.S. Senator in January with strong support from this blogger as well as former President Bill Clinton and high profile Democratic fund raisers. After serving in the state legislature and Congress, Meek entered the Senate race as a rising star who would go to the Senate to fight for the best interests of Florida. The last few months have proven that in Washington, Meek has fought for the best interests of Meek. While Meek was fighting for a pharmaceutical complex in Liberty City in 2003, his Chief of Staff was receiving $13,000 from the project's developer to buy the aide a house. Dennis Stackhouse, the developer is now awaiting trial. Stackhouse also paid Meek's mother, former Congresswoman Carrie Meek $90,000 in consulting fees and paid for her Cadillac Escalade. Meek twice sought earmarks to benefit the project. As a state legislator, Meek failed to report stock in a Med/Waste company that went bankrupt. This is called politics as usual and it's unfortunate that Meek is part of the politics as usual DC crowd.

Greene a newcomer to Florida who made hundreds of millions betting that the real estate market would collapse and off of credit default swaps is by no means the perfect candidate however he is a newcomer in a year when voter's are fed up with politics as usual and Washington. Greene seeks to represent a state with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation after he bet against sub prime mortgages. Concern over a potential housing crisis and how it would affect his $800 million portfolio, Greene persuaded investment houses to let him invest in credit default swaps. A $24 million investment netted him $500 million while Florida homeowners lost their homes. As an investor, Greene had an obligation to protect his wealth, as a Senator, Greene will have an obligation to help these Florida homeowners and has pledged to take on Wall Street.

Greene's story is impressive. Son of a textile worker, he attended John Hopkins, and saved a $100,000 to pay for Harvard Business School. By his second year, he owned 18 buildings. After graduation from Harvard, Greene moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and began buying commercial property and thousands of apartment buildings.

Greene's only foray into politics was in 1982 as a Republican candidate for Congress in California, he was defeated in the primary. He became an Independent shortly after and registered as a Democrat in 2008.

While Greene's bet against sub prime loans seems a bit out of taste for a would be Senator, one must admit it was brilliant. The Governor, a US Congressman, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Florida did not seek this coming and did not take action however a multi millionaire investor wisely did.

Greene is a newcomer to politics, he has business experience and has not taken contributions over $100. Of the $5.8 million Greene has spent since April, about $4000 has come from contributors.

While Greene is not the perfect candidate, he offers something that Kendrick Meek doesn't, a breath of fresh air in a year when voter's are fed up with politics as usual. On August 24th, Florida Democrat's should cast their ballot for Jeff Greene for U.S. Senate.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Obama-Filibustering Recovery & Obstructing Progress

Most Think Bank Bailout Came During Obama Term

From Political Wire:

A new Pew Research poll finds that just 34% of Americans know that the federal government's bank bailout program was actually signed into law by President Bush while 47% incorrectly believe it was enacted during the Obama's administration.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

He will be missed

Living in Tampa, second home to my beloved New York Yankees, I have had the pleasure of meeting George Steinbrenner several times over the years. Seeing Mr. Steinbrenner at Steinbrenner Field or Tampa Bay Downs Race Track was always a pleasure. When you would go over to shake his hand and talk with him, you never felt like you were intruding or putting him out. He was a true class act.

In New York, he was known as "The Boss", here he was known as a humanitarian with a heart of gold. When he read of children waiting to receive medical treatment, he wrote a check for $1 million to a hospital in Tampa. When a young high school football star was killed in the Tampa Bay area and he read that the family was unable to afford a burial, he paid for the funeral. He once said, "I don't want to be the richest man in the cemetery", when asked why he gave so much away.

Though I am saddened by this loss and will miss seeing him pull up in his BMW at spring training, I have to laugh, because I know he's up in Heaven driving Billy Martin out of his mind.

This true gentlemen and gentle giant among sports will be missed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rep. Jerry Nadler: We Must End the War in Afghanistan Now

From RSN 7/13/10;

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) spoke out against the war in Afghanistan, and against the war's funding, at a press conference of the Out of Afghanistan Congressional Caucus.

"Every dollar we spend in Afghanistan, every life we waste there, is a waste," said Nadler. "An intelligent policy is not to try to remake a country that nobody since Genghis Khan has managed to conquer. What makes us think, what arrogance gives us the right to assume that we can succeed where the Moguls, the British, the Soviets, failed.…It will take tens of years, hundreds of billions of dollars, tens of thousands of American lives, and we don't need to do it. We don't need to do it. We, frankly, have no right to do it. It's a fool's errand, and I just hope and pray that we get wise enough to stop sending our young men and women to waste their lives there, and our money that could be used to prop up our own people."More.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Bon Jovi Book

Sex, Drugs, and Bon Jovi

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010


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Johannes Mehserle convicted of involuntary manslaughter of Oscar Grant

BART Shooting - Riots In Oakland

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This was an Execution!!!

Papantonio: BP - Salazar Should be Fired


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lindsey Graham On State Of The Republican Party

From Taegan Goddard;

"We don't have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats. Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today."

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in an interview with the New York Times Magazine, in which he also said the Tea Party is "just unsustainable" and "will die out."

For that matter who do the Democrats have? Obama has fallen way short. We need another Bobby Kennedy. Some one not only with a vision but the toughness to see it through. We don't need a great compromiser ala Henry Clay.