This Inglis Commission Thing - - - Only Aliens Would Believe It
I’ve managed to tap into the recently revealed font of valuable local information referred to by Inglis Town Commissioner Andrew White during a special meeting called by him on last Thursday, May 29th. After some very juicy revelations demonstrating real time violations of Florida’s Sunshine Law he was questioned by an audience member as to his source for an allegation of gun slinging by a fellow commissioner. After hemming and hawing, and stating he’d rather not reveal his source he relented and said that he heard it on “the grapevine”.
Well, you can imagine how excited I was to discover that this connection to an ancient conduit, for all types of exclusive and valuable info, still existed and was in play. I mean, this had to be good, if someone as perceptive and politically savvy as Commissioner White would publish in the local paper, an accusation against another, of pointing a gun with malice and/or possibly, aforethought.
I went straight home from that meeting and googled “grapevine”. However, the ten thousand hits didn’t seem to lead to the secret portal for fruits. Then I remembered a certain paranoid schizophrenic, pothead, who once told me about a secret code, printed on the wrappers of toilet paper, that could lead to the powerful source of cryptic access I might be looking for. I knew that this was silly, but now, in light of the actions by the players in this current scenario, maybe not. So, I queried a few password-type encodes and tried to conjure up an inspiration. I could only relate to the events described, as so much B.S. Then it struck me. I keyed in; full of and surrounded by a lot of poop while making up fibs. And Bingo! The search engine didn’t pause for a nanosecond. In fact, the Google page went off like the poker machines in a VFW.
Welcome to the Grapevine, flashed on the homepage. An emoticon with a head very much like Commissioner White’s but with no legs, scooted across the screen with a big fat lie on the tip of its tongue.
I was so excited. I could now visit Fool Ass Nirvana any time I wanted too. And, just the prospect of meeting so many others there, that I already knew, thrilled me spit- less.
You know, I’ve used that grapevine several times since the weekend? Today when I logged in, R3D3 began wailing in a digital whine, “WARNING – WARNING! Possible plot to smear user personally.”
Three flashing bells revealed the rumor: I stole real estate from someone in a lawsuit. Well, that means that the judge, the multiple attorneys, the parties to the suit, and the witnesses were all in on a conspiracy. I’m particularly sure that the Judge in this case would be pleased to know that the rumor monger has suggested such a thing. Sound familiar?
The last observation on this reeking amateur stunt is it is virtually impossible to steal anything from someone else when they are the Plaintiff and you counter sue and win.
So, here we are. This game that now is evolving into plain old sleazy, greasy, slinging of mud has no effect whatsoever on anyone but the person trying desperately to make himself a factor in a scenario which is way above his head and has made him a laughing stock on a par with his Bud/apprentice Commissioner Grapevine. A couple of these players need to go back to Butthead School and retake the “Escape Clause” portion of the course.
Lastly, I still haven’t established that the “grapevine” can be used for matters of truth -- Great for slander, however.
Here That Bell Tolling? There's A Dead Canary On The Stoop
Dr. Bob Knight’s refreshing perspective and insightful knowledge of the Floridan Aquifer, and its magnificent springs systems, appeared this past Sunday in the Commentary section of the Citrus Chronicle newspaper. Dr. Knight heads The Florida Springs Institute. His current analysis could not be more poignant or pertinent to what selfish, greedy, and short sighted people in our state government, aided and abetted by business and individuals of the same ilk, who interested more in profits, have become complicit in the destruction and decline of Nature’s irreplaceable gifts.
Let me say this; today, there are more people, citizens with long term and recent residencies, along with many more than ever before, scientists and science degreed, who are advocating a new awareness of a long simmering problem. Many knowledgeable people have become aware of this decline in our water source and the resultant malignancy destroying our springs. From this growing base of concern and support the consensus is, our precious natural springs are in dire trouble and something has to be done.
It has been my personal experience in dealing and observing politicians from the third tier (state level) on up, that pols are not too interested in matters that don’t have the potential for big dollar trickle downs and special interest’s pay offs. How, in the world have our legislators in The Sunshine State missed out on the importance to, and significant potential negative impact, that has become a horrible reality? We’re talking billions from an economic stand point, and, priceless from an environmental view!
Lots of talk now is helping awareness, but in the face of blatant intentional ignorance of legislators, against experts who know of what they speak, the polite manner and informative efforts are not going to influence the Florida Legislature or the thousands of regulators whose pay checks depend on their approval.
When you read Dr. Knight’s most recent essay linked below, hopefully, you are going to get very angry, too. I’m mad as hell ! !
That’s probably not enuff said. . .