Rubio Calls Out Democrat Vote Tactics in Florida

Another election year brings another vote count controversy in Florida. Democrats are trying to wring every vote they can from every corner and eke out a win by changing the rules in the middle of the game (sound familiar, Georgia?).

GOP Senator Marco Rubio is calling out these tactics with an apt metaphor from the world of sports.

Rubio has a point. These legal challenges happening in Florida – and other states – are like referees enacting rule changes in the middle of a football game to give an advantage to one team over the other.

He goes on:

Ever since the 2000 presidential election, the Democrats have made their primary strategy out of something like, “if we don’t win, we’ll pitch a fit and try to change the rules to benefit us.” We saw it with Al Gore and then with Al Franken. Now we’re seeing it with Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

These tactics are underhanded (even though they’re happening out in the open) and are intended to result in a win for the Democrats. We wouldn’t tolerate mid-game rule changes in the NFL or the SEC, so why should we allow them to happen in the fights that really matter?

The Democrats are dragging out the certification of a legal election in order to scramble to find more votes. We’ve let them get away with these shenanigans for nearly two decades now. It’s time that it stops. The GOP and others who truly believe in justice and fairness need to stand up and demand that the lawyering comes to an end and that the Democrats accept the results of the elections.

Fake Irma News: Twitter Calls Out Trump Aide for Sharing the Wrong Video

We hear so much from the Trump administration about fake news, and in the age of the internet and social media, it’s hard to escape when someone reports or posts something that isn’t true.

And guess what: Trump acolytes aren’t immune. On Sunday night, White House social media director Dan Scavino stepped into some trouble.

Just after 3:30 p.m. EST, Scavino tweeted a video of what he claimed was a flooded Miami International Airport. In the tweet, Scavino noted that he was sharing information about the storm with Trump and Mike Pence.

That’s concerning – because the video he posted was a hoax.

https://twitter.com/jbillinson/status/906969233619341312

Turns out the video Scavino shared was from a YouTube channel that has a reputation for recycling video from past disasters. Scavino deleted his original tweet, but he didn’t offer an explanation until half an hour after deleting his tweet – and about an hour after the Miami International Airport called him out.

Earlier Scavino misidentified the location of another image he tweeted and wound up deleting that tweet. Was Scavino lying, or did he make a couple of honest mistakes? Either way, it’s a tad ironic that the administration so sensitive to fake news would create some of their own.

Don’t Shoot at Hurricanes, Please

I don’t even know where to begin, with this.

People will do outrageous things for a laugh, but the advent of the internet has made it near-impossible for some to discern the serious from the ludicrous.

With hurricanes being the focus of so much attention over the last couple of weeks, you could just about guess that somebody was going to try and make light of it, at some point. What you probably couldn’t foresee was that there would be enough to take it seriously that law enforcement would be forced to speak out.

With Irma bearing down, a Florida man created a Facebook event page, inviting people to “shoot” at Hurricane Irma.

Ryon Edwards, creator of the event, admitted that he was just acting out of boredom.

“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control,” Edwards said.

It definitely got out of control, with 46,000 people marking themselves as “attending” the event, by Friday.

If any are familiar with how Facebook events go, anyone can say they’re attending, but how many actually turn out for the event is questionable.

That being said, the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida felt compelled to issue a warning.

I can’t face-palm hard enough over this.

Other joke Irma events have been created in the days leading up to the storm, including “Push Hurricane Irma Somewhere Else” and “Peacefully Protesting Hurricane Irma.”

“Let’s show Hurricane Irma that her ideology of violence and destruction are not welcome in Gainesville,” the latter event’s description reads.

See?

That’s cute. That’s acceptable, and it doesn’t encourage anyone to do anything that might have unforeseen, tragic consequences.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys around 9am, battering the coast and snapping trees, as a category 4 storm.

So far, there’s been no news of anyone attempting to face down the powerful storm and unload a few .44 slugs into the winds.

Let’s pray it stays that way.

BREAKING: Irma Continues Westward Shift, Putting More of the South in Its Path

As the massive, deadly Hurricane Irma bears down on the Caribbean, the storm is taking a turn toward the Southeastern United States. Its path has shifted westward, putting more of Florida and the South in its path.

Last night, Storm Surge Warnings for the Keys and South Florida released:

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott urged citizens throughout the state to head for safer ground as Irma is appearing to take a straight path up the peninsula of the state.

“If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave!” Scott warned Floridians at a news conference Thursday. “Do not try to ride out this storm … we can’t save you once the storm hits.”

Evacuees have headed north from Florida into Georgia, where traffic is heavy and stores as far north as metro Atlanta are running out of bottled water and other staples. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has issued a mandatory evacuation order for anyone east of Interstate 95 and declared a state of emergency for 30 counties in the southeastern part of the state. These evacuations will add to the traffic burden in middle Georgia and metro Atlanta, both of which are also along Irma’s projected trajectory.

Forecasters say that Irma shows signs of little weakening as it turns toward Florida. Pray for everyone in Irma’s path, and if you live in the Southeast – especially along the coast – pay attention to weather reports all weekend long.

Irma Hysteria Makes Landfall; The Actual Hurricane Did Too

The faces you see on television are paid to entertain you and make you feel like they should be trusted. They are reading a script, and most of the time, they don’t know any more than you do.

Hurricane Irma is a terrible force of nature. It could be the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, which means it could be one of the strongest forces of nature Planet Earth has produced. And the media wants you to know two things:

(1) If you live in Florida or the gulf, this monster is probably headed directly at your house; and

(2) Mankind is responsible for this.

Irma’s eye made landfall over the small island of Barbuda, where hurricanes and Atlantic storms are a way of life. In nearby Antigua, residents got a side swipe from Irma.

In Florida, people are freaking out.

They’ve got plenty of reason for concern…this morning’s official storm track has Irma turning north into south Florida early Monday morning.

But the level of hysteria, and the media’s own infotainment treatment of it, along with the smug “we told you so” attitude of those who believe that somehow Earth could be tamed into producing smaller storms…or that Earth wouldn’t produce such large storms if humans did things differently.

Those who firmly believe in the “climate science” numbers supporting anthropomorphic  climate change are so emotionally invested in the numbers that some are rooting for the storm. Others are pretending to be scientists, leading to ridiculous exchanges like the one below.

Ryan Maue is in fact bona fide a hurricane scientist. Kurt Eichenwald is an editor for Vanity Fair and an MSNBC contributor. “I’ll show you the science paper on it” is about as absurd as me (with zero medical training) telling a heart surgeon that he’s doing a mitral valve repair wrong, and I can show him the “science paper” on it that I found with Google.

That is the point here: everyone in the media is suddenly an expert, declaring fact and denouncing fiction, when we need to be respecting nature’s power, not trying to explain why driving a Ford F-150 caused it.

A fake Irma track showing the storm heading for Houston went viral Monday, causing renewed panic in the storm-devastated region. Now people in Jacksonville are emptying stores of bottled water.

Certainly, people should be prepared. But NHC forecasts and probabilities do not support the level of hysteria the media is conveying. Jacksonville has a 6 percent chance of winds 64 mph or more by Monday. It has a 26 percent chance of winds over 34 mph. That’s gusty, but not catastrophic.

Orlando, Miami, and Fort Myers have under 20 percent chance of winds over 64 mph for Monday. These forecasts are updated at least twice a day, and that’s what should guide us, not the hype.

They’ve called Rush Limbaugh a “hurricane truther” or “hurricane denier” because he pointed out on his show that local TV and national media both have a vested interest in making the storms worse than they are, and ensuring maximum concern by local residents.

(1) It’s good for business for local stores when everyone runs to buy water, and other staple items. (In Middle Georgia, if there’s a hint of a snowflake, the stores sell out of milk, bread and toilet paper–I’m serious.)

(2) Anthropomorphic climate change believers get to crow about how they’re right, and everyone else is wrong, and this prediction was made 15 years ago. (Except that they also predicted 20 years ago that most of Florida would be under water by now, and that hasn’t happened.)

Limbaugh said:

Let me just put it this way. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast map, the track, which was released at 11 a.m. puts the Sunday target exactly where I told my buddies on Saturday and Friday night that it was gonna go, while the models all had it turning north up to North Carolina and Washington, D.C., and the Northeastern coast. That was just one data point that I kept looking at that told me where I thought this thing was gonna go.

They call Limbaugh “out of his mind” because of this. Two more observations.

(1) Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. He admits it freely. He is a radio host who speaks his mind, based on his own experience and claims no special expertise.

(2) The people who call him “out of his mind” also have the same level of non-expertise and access to the same data as Rush Limbaugh, yet Rush’s conclusions fit the forecast better than theirs.

Irma is a dangerous storm. The best advice is to go to the NHC website and look at what the NOAA professionals, who do this day-in-day-out for a living, think will happen. Actually read the forecasts. Then prepare based on fact, not hysteria.

Also realize that most people know jack squat about how hurricanes form, and what causes ocean temperatures to be 1.7 degrees higher on a certain spot than “normal.” If you think that it’s very simple to find a “science paper” linking your F-150, or cow flatulence, to deep ocean temperatures, you are woefully gullible.

The faces you see on television are paid to entertain you and make you feel like they should be trusted. They are reading a script, and most of the time, they don’t know any more than you do.

In fact, you may know more than they do.

This post is also published at The New Americana.

BREAKING: Now Cat 5, Irma Headed for Florida

As of this morning, Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 storm, with winds far stronger than Harvey, which hit the Texas coast less than two weeks ago.

Still moving westward, 150 miles east of Antigua in the western Atlantic, the storm now boasts sustained winds of 185 mph, and gusts surpassing 220. Meteorologists measure 190-195 as the strongest storms on earth, and Irma has already taken the mantle of the strongest storm to ever hit the Atlantic. The islands of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Cuba are on the path’s horizon. It is expected to hit Puerto Rico sometime tomorrow afternoon.

In response, Florida governor Rick Scott has already called for a state of emergency.

To stay tuned to the latest data and tracking on Hurricane Irma, watch NBC 2, or NOAA, and check here for updates.

It’s “Made in America Week,” But Not So Fast…





This week was deemed “Made in America Week” by President Trump, and was meant to celebrate American-made products, and the American worker.

I can absolutely get behind that. The craftsmen and innovators are the backbone of this nation, so they deserve at least a week to have their wares highlighted and promoted.

During the campaign, Trump promoted himself as the America First president, and it has been a running theme with the nationalists who make up his core support.

Given all that, and Trump’s oath to bring jobs back to Americans, somebody may want to question why his properties are seeking Visas from the government, in order to hire more foreign workers to staff his clubs and restaurants.

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida filed requests with the government on Thursday to hire 70 temporary foreign workers as cooks, housekeepers and servers at the private club, according to records posted by the Labor Department.

The jobs would begin on Oct. 1 and end in May 2018, according to the filings. Those positions would take advantage of the H-2B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nations to the country for temporary, non-agricultural work.

So as the liberals have alluded to for so long, are these the jobs Americans won’t do?

It wasn’t just Mar-a-Lago. The Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida was in need of help, as well. Americans need not apply.

Employers must establish that there are not enough American workers able or willing to fill the temporary positions in order to qualify for H-2B classification.

The cook positions at both Mar-a-Lago and the golf course pay $13.34 per hour, according to the filings. The server jobs pay $11.88 per hour, while the housekeeping positions pay $10.33 per hour.

I seriously have a problem with the notion that there aren’t enough American workers to apply for those jobs, especially given the pay. How much effort was put into locating American workers? Did they put ads in the classified section of the papers? Post with local Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)?

American workers are hurting. Minimum wage is not a living wage (nor was it meant to be), so I’m pretty sure that if a single mom could get over $10 an hour to do housekeeping, or an older gentleman who was a victim of cutbacks on the job could wait tables for almost $12 an hour, they would fill those positions.

Still, Trump has previously defended his hiring of foreign workers by saying the American help just isn’t out there.

The president signed an executive order in April promoting what he has dubbed a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda. The order also tightened rules on granting H-1B visas to skilled foreign workers.

But the Trump administration moved to expand the H-2B program on Monday, saying it would offer an additional 15,000 visas because not enough American workers are willing or able to fill the country’s employment needs for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.

Monday. Just in time to put the call out to anybody except Americans in need.

I don’t want to say this looks amazingly self-serving and hypocritical, but, can we at least agree that the “Buy American, Hire American” is little more than political sloganeering?

FL Man Kills Roommates in Bizarre Islam/Neo-Nazi Twist

A Florida man was arrested for murdering his two roommates after holding up a smoke shop and admitting his crime to three hostages. While the murders themselves are shocking it is the motivation that provides a bizarre, stunning twist.

Devon Arthurs, 18 told police he shot and killed Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18 because he was angry about Islamophobia. Arthurs had originally moved in with Himmelman and Oneschuk because he shared their neo-Nazi views. At some point, Arthurs converted to Islam and decided his roommates were too disrespectful of his faith.

In an interview with investigators, Arthurs provided specific details about the shooting, including the rifle he used, the order in which he killed the men and which part of their bodies he targeted.

 

Arthurs stated that, prior to the killings, “he had been privy to neo-Nazi internet sites threatening to kill people, and he had developed a thinking that he should take some of the neo-Nazis with him.”

 

The police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times says after the murders Arthurs held up a local smoke shop. He threatened 2 employees and a customer with a semiautomatic pistol.

Arthurs, 18, entered the smoke shop at 15325 Amberly Drive about 5:30 p.m. and removed a semiautomatic pistol from his waistband.

 

“Do me a favor and get the f— on the ground!” he yelled to a female employee and male customer, the report states. Arthurs asked the customer, “Why shouldn’t I kill you?”

 

A few minutes later, another customer entered the store and Arthurs ordered him to get on the ground. He told all three people in the store that he had already killed someone.

 

“He further informed all three victims that he was upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries,” the report by police Detective Kenneth Nightlinger.

 

Two Tampa police officers arrived about five minutes after the second customer entered the store. One of the hostages ran out of the store, and the officers were able to persuade Arthurs to let the other two leave. After several more minutes of negotiating, he surrendered and allowed the officers to place him in handcuffs.

 

Radical Islam and neo-Nazism are definitely kissin’ cousins but it truly a bizarre twist to see a nazi convert to Islam only to murder his former compatriots. It seems doubtful many tears will be shed for either the alleged murderer or his victims.