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Photo: Bill Susie

Photo: Bill Susie

Huge 13ft Alligator Spotted on Florida Golf Course

The Creature Is So Huge, That Some Thought an Image of It Was a Fake

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King In The Slammer

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Good indicator the Jeb Bush is serious

Jeb Bush is looking more and more certain as a contender for the GOP nomination after he resigned from all his board positions.

Potential US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has resigned from all of his corporate and non-profit board member positions, the Washington Post reports, as the former Florida governor explores a run for the White House.

The Post, citing a statement emailed to the paper by one of Bush’s aides late on New Year’s Eve, said he even stepped down from the board of his education foundation.

The statement added that he was still evaluating next steps for businesses for which he serves as an owner or principal partner, including consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates, the Post reported.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. Representatives for Bush were not immediately available. Read more »

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AP Photo/JK When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a segregated pool at the Monson Motor Lodge, manager James Brock, left, poured acid into it, shouting "I'm cleaning pool," on June 18, 1964, in St. Augustine, Fla.

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When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a segregated pool at the Monson Motor Lodge, manager James Brock, left, poured acid into it, shouting “I’m cleaning pool,” on June 18, 1964, in St. Augustine, Fla.

1964: Civil Rights Battles

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Face of the day

 

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio

 

Senator for Florida,Marco Rubio, is my face of the day. I want to vote for this guy and I don’t even live in America. If only we had an MP like him here in New Zealand prepared to address the elephant in the room.

I watched his eloquent and heart felt speech yesterday on this blog and was so impressed with him  that I wanted to bring both him and his speech to the attention of those of you who have not yet had the privilege of watching it.

Supporting our Kiwi battlers overseas: Michael Poole

One of the things that opposition politicians like to make a meal of is the fact that young Kiwis go overseas for study, adventure, career. I guess they would prefer the old East German or North Korean scenario that you can’t leave and that anyone who did was a defector.

Often they do it the hard way too. A Kiwi kid studying overseas can’t access student loans, etc, back in NZ. If it is for sport they have to make it on their own – away from any taxpayer funded national body. The really weird thing is they grow, develop, get new skills and often contribute overseas. Many of them also come back later on and bring their value with them.

Here is an example.

22 year old Kiwi born and bred triathlete and Florida Chemical Engineering college student Michael Poole is an ORCA athlete who has taken the big step of being open about his epilepsy by working with the Epilepsy Foundation USA which serves over 2 million Americans. This includes being invited to address one of their key events in Washington DC. He has just returned to the USA after some summer training and racing in NZ and Australia. He is heading towards a huge US race programme. He is keen to make a big contribution to this organisation as he does it through encouraging activity and understanding.

Poole is pictured above racing the legendary Craig Alexander in Auckland, NZ last month. Photo/ Supplied

Poole is pictured above racing the legendary Craig Alexander in Auckland, NZ last month. Photo/ Supplied

‘Smart Growth’ causes bubbles

One of Len Brown’s catch-cries, apart from ‘Meet me in the Ngati Whatua Room’, is that Auckland must have ‘smart growth’.

This he tells us is why we must accept his unitary plan.

The only problem with that is the evidence the world over says otherwise.

In 1950, Florida had only 3 million residents, ranking 20th in population in the country. By the mid-2000s, it boasted about 19 million residents and had moved up to fourth in state population, behind only California, Texas, and New York. Recent years, though, have seen this upward arc broken. Florida was hard hit when its housing bubble burst in 2007—ahead of the national meltdown that triggered the financial crisis and subsequent recession. When its economy imploded in 2008 and 2009—unemployment eventually rose as high as 11.7 percent—Florida, long a haven of opportunity, became a less attractive place to stay in or to move to. The state’s six-decade run of positive annual net domestic migration (that is, more people arriving in the state than leaving it) came to an end.

Florida’s restrictive land-use policies (better known as “smart growth” or “urban containment”) helped inflate its property bubble to massive size, making its bursting all the more economically painful. Such growth policies limit urban expansion, prohibiting new housing except in small sections of already dense metropolitan areas. As Brookings Institution economist Anthony Downs argues, these policies can destroy the competitive supply of land, driving land prices up (other things being equal) as demand rises sharply in relation to supply. These higher prices get passed along to prospective homeowners in higher home costs—often made even pricier by various other regulations and fees. The rapidly escalating housing prices, in turn, create the potential for extraordinary profits for speculators—or property “flippers”—who, jumping into the real-estate market in considerable numbers, increase the excess of demand over supply, driving prices higher still, until a bubble begins to expand. It’s no surprise that markets with more restrictive land-use policies have much greater housing-price volatility, as research by economists Edward Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko has shown.   Read more »

Poetry in motion (Demolition of old power plant)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — Florida Power & Light Co. used 450 pounds of dynamite to demolish a 1960s power plant in Fort Lauderdale.

On July 16, they demolished our 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant and in its place they are building a new, more fuel efficient plant that runs on clean, low-cost American natural gas. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Zimmerman found not guilty

I have been watching the trial of George Zimmerman and so far haven’t commented. The trial is now over and George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of killing black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated and divided the US public for the past 16 months.

Zimmerman had stood accused of shooting the 17-year-old Trayvon in a violent confrontation at a gated community in Florida on 26 February last year.

The panel of six female jurors found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after two days of deliberations.   Read more »

Thieving Scum

Is there anything that low-life pieces of shit won’t take from hard working people?

Detectives have made an appeal for witnesses after a complete driveway was stolen from a house in Florida.

The alert was issued after the 300 sq ft entrance was taken from the home in Reddick, 80 miles northwest of Orlando.

Sheriffs were called to the scene, in a semi-rural part of Marion County, after a resident noticed the theft when she arrived home on Tuesday night.

According to the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper, a woman told sheriff’s deputy Michelle Wright that she left her house at about 7.30am.

But when she returned home at 6pm she felt a large “bump” as she turned off the main road.

The paper said: “She said she got out of her vehicle and noticed that the concrete pavers used to make the driveway were missing.”