Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe *
We are watching history in the making. Never has there been such a lousy choice for Florida Governor than today’s players. A big business “hooker” versus a rock star wannabe, who flops like a boated mackerel. This is not about who to chose in this race. It is who to run from, as fast and far as you can.
Last Sunday’s edition of the Tampa Times had a front page story by one of our best environmental reporters we’ve ever had in the Sunshine state. Craig Pittman got right to the tenderloin in examining how Rick Scott has eviscerated our natural resource regulator/watchdog, the Department of Environmental Protection.
Here are a few clues as to what Scott considers environmental protection: “Recently Florida has successfully reduced its environmental permitting time down to just two days, and that’s great!” He said. “We take care of our environment, but when we know we’re going to give a permit give it to them quickly.” Scott has made drastic changes in the DEP, never seen or imagined.
Pittman’s article casts sunshine directly on the governor’s deception and details the record of subversion which is undeniable.
In the last three years:
The governor’s administration has slashed the DEP’s and the five water management district’s funding.
Laid off veteran employees across the board, including scientists involved in Everglades issues.
The governor has appointed people to run the DEP who are connected to the industries that the agency regulates.
The administration helps polluting industries, who are violators, side step prosecution and avoid fines.
And Pittman points out that according to a laid off DEP veteran, Mark Bardolph, the DEP policy has evolved into, “a hatred of regulation in general and in particular environmental regulations.”
Since Jeb Bush’s time in office, when in 2006, 1,500 enforcement cases were opened, under Scott, last year 225 cases were opened, a drop of 85%.
Meanwhile the Aquifer has reached new lows. Nutrient loads in all surface water systems have increased to the point that water quality is, or has, turned upside down. Right here at home, the Withlacoochee River is an aquatic greenhouse, it is dying.
Governor Scott’s true constituency, business and utilities, are raping our natural resources and priceless water wonders for a lousy buck. Drill a six inch well into the aquifer and to hell with the 1,000 people you sold houses to last year who are showering in sandy brown water. And take comfort in knowing that bottle of water you just paid a dollar for came out of the same place your tap water did and the manufacturer didn’t pay a penny for the liquid portion of the product.
Now that this brand of legal larceny has become the norm, it is easier to understand why nastiness is also the norm for campaigning and administration of government. There’s a lot ($) riding on it
I indicated at the beginning, I did not want to recommend who to vote for. I lied, as my favorite fans say I always do. I have the perfect candidate. He’s already been cloned so he can run for national and local office, too. Many will look at him and be puzzled. He has that familiar air, as if he’s a part of someone’s family tree. If there’s a place on your ballot for a write-in, here’s your option. Kind of looks like the other two, maybe better fed. He has that wily look in his eyes though, of a political animal.
* "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe", which can be spelled a number of ways, is a children's counting rhyme, used to select a person to be "it" for games (such as tag) and similar purposes such as counting out a child who has to be excluded from a group of children as part of a playground game. It is one of a large group of similar 'counting-out rhymes' where the child pointed-to by the chanter on the last syllable is 'counted out'. The rhyme has existed in various forms since well before 1820, and is common in many languages with similar-sounding nonsense syllables.
Alfred E. for Governor! Who's Your Daddy?
The Low Road Prize
This may become a regular feature of High Road Or Low.com. The weekly, “That’s a Doozey!” award goes to Rhonda Kline. Brought to us by a concerned citizen who has figured out that they are bullshitting him.
It is from an e:mail that Mrs. Kline sent to Carol Gibson/Greenhough, who according to Sally Price is the “petition co-ordinator” for the cute stuff, petition-wise, circulating around town.
This is classic Gang of Five stuff. It is the basis of the even bigger lie being told to innocent citizens about a town ordinance that does not exist. Kline has copied the transcript of the September 2, 2014 commission meeting where I made a motion to discuss a mobile home ordinance. It appears to be verbatim. The motion was discussed, including members of the audience and it was tabled. Once again an innocent, in this case, gullible resident from California has been drawn into their web. Kline, has taken what I said out of context and not told a hint of the rest of the story. Ms. Gibson has swallowed this lie, hook, line, and sinker. What’s pathetic is when the going gets tough she’ll be the first one they throw under the bus.
Kline, who often quotes God’s word said at the end of this e:mail; emphasis hers, not mine: “Just thought I’d give you the “exact words he used” - - - -and I am praying for you and your family at this time, be assured- - - - And she signed this, God-girl in Inglis- -RHONDA. There are few things, in this life, that I am beyond certain, about. This is an easy one. It happens to have been written in stone. The 9th Commandment addresses this behavior quite succinctly. My grandmother used to say that you could tell a lot about a person by the company they kept. Don’t know about you but, if its cloudy I wouldn’t get within 100 feet of Kline.
Now that’s a Doozy! Congratulations Rhonda.
Postscript: The Runner Up
In the United States of America I am entitled to my opinion. I own this. Unlike my friends the upwardly moral Gang of Five, I don’t run from my opinions when they prove unpopular. Having said this twice already, I will explore it one more time; if anyone can find a reference to “No replacement, condemnation, or removal of a manufactured dwelling . . . etc. etc.” in any part of the existing Code of Ordinances for the Town of Inglis, that I have authored, sponsored, or voted to have written into law, I will eat it. This includes the infamous “Special Magistrate” - Code Enforcement amendment that was torpedoed but passed during the October 7th regular meeting. Commissioner Stephen Smallridge stated that Resolution 11-14 was “about mobile homes being condemned and removed.” You can listen to the audio of the meeting and hear him declare repeatedly that “That’s what this is all about, what’s behind it.” From that little seed of despicable lying has grown a monster.
Enuff said . . .