Buzzards gotta eat, same as the worms

John Evander Couey, convicted child rapist and murderer has assumed room temperature, depriving Florida and the Lunsford family of seeing Couey’s death sentence carried out.

Mark Lunsford, the victim’s father once said of Couey, that he wouldn’t mind if Couey died at the hands of another inmate, saying “I would be buying a lot of cigarettes for someone.”

Looks like Mr. Lunsford won’t have to buy those cigarettes after all.

Couey died of cancer today in prison.

Update:
More at Tampa Trib

New strain of H1N1 found

from Straits Times

SAO PAULO – BRAZILIAN scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said on Tuesday.

The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California.

The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement.

The mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts, it said.

It was not yet known whether the new strain was more aggressive than the current A(H1N1) virus which has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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Fugate named to run FEMA

craig-fugateFrom all appearances, it looks like the Obama administration has finally made a very good appointment to a key domestic position. Floridian Craig Fugate, “one of the nation’s most experienced hurricane hands” has been named to head up FEMA.

I don’t know much about Mr. Fugate, and perhaps some of our Florida readers would like to weigh in on this appointment. But, in light of the administration’s recent history of foisting nominees on the public who have a poor record of paying their fair share of taxes, Mr. Fugate’s appointment looks like one that they got right. There really is no substitute for BTDT experience, of which Fugate has a boatload.

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Liveblogging the BCS Championship Game

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At the end of the 1st quarter, Florida is 1st and 20 at their own 31 following back to back false-start penalties (both on #75).

Oklahoma punted on their first two possessions, although I’ve got to say that Bradford looks very sharp.

Second quarter: on third and long, Tebow finds Murphy over the middle for a touchdown. Gators 7-0.

OU takes the kickoff out to the 35, and on consecutive runs, the Sooners move the ball to the Florida 35. Another running play takes it to the Gators 20. A Bradford pass over the middle, and it’s first and goal at the 5. The tempo has picked up considerably… On 2nd and goal, Bradford hits Grisham for the score.

No scoring in the first quarter, but 3 minutes into the 2nd, we have two touchdowns scored!

On the next drive, Tebow is intercepted, and OU is in business on the Florida 26. On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Brown takes it inside the 10, 1st and goal OU. Brown takes the ball off the right side for 6 yards, and OU is running at will on the Gators. Third down, OU in the I formation, and Brown is stopped for a one yard loss. Brown is stopped for another one yd loss on 4th down trying to run off left tackle! Florida takes over on their own 3 yard line.

Woo hoo, we got us a game here folks!

On 1st and 10 after the media timeout, Harvin takes it out to midfield on a 45 yard scamper. His left ankle isn’t looking too bad.

OU’s Balogun comes up big and stops Rainey on 1st down for a loss. On 2nd down, Rainey takes a short pass and moves into OU territory. 3rd down Tebow comes up short, and UF punts into the endzone.

At this point, the big surprise to me is the effectiveness of OU’s ground game. The quick strike offense has moved in two plays to midfield. and Bradford is ready to go again. The clock moves under two minutes, and Johnson catches a pass to the UF 40. Iglesias takes a short pass for 4 yds, and the clock moves under one minute. Gresham takes a short pass for a short gain, and OU has to take a timeout.
Two more plays, and two more first downs.
On 1st and 10 from the 22, a blitz forces Bradford to throw it away with 22 seconds on the clock. Another blitz on 2nd down produces the same result. On 3rd, Bradford hits Gresham to the 9, and its 1st and goal with 10 seconds to go before half. Bradford is intercepted on a bobbled pass by Wright. Oh man, what a great half of football. It just don’t get better than this folks.

It’s hard to believe the score is only 7-7.

Each Heisman winning QB has suffered interceptions, and at times both have moved the ball effectively. The long layoff definitely has given the advantage to the defensive side of the ball.

But, I’ve gotta say, the two goal-line stands by the Gators are the only things keeping this game from being a blow-out.

3RD Quarter Florida goes 3 and out, and OU breathes a sigh of relief as Tebow catches OU in single coverage, but his would-be TD pass goes over the fingertips of the Gator receiver. OU takes over at their own 10 yard line.

On 3rd and 3, Bradford hands to Brown for the 1st down. His 1st down bomb to Iglesias is well-thrown, but Iglesias can’t hold on. Incomplete short pass, and 3rd and 10, OU to Gresham for 6, and OU has to punt.

This is weird. OU calls time, comes back and has a false-start, then the Gators call time. Florida gets a roughing call on the punt and OU is back in business.

Bonehead play of the game, so far. Two running plays produce nothing, and OU looks at 3rd and 10, Bradford throws incomplete into triple coverage. It looks like UF dodged a bullet. James fields the punt on the 27, and Florida begins their 2nd possession of the half.

(Media timeout: Oh, WILL SOMEONE TELL THE PRODUCER OF THE “G” COMMERCIAL THAT IT IS JUST LAME-O!!)

Tebow to Cooper for 10, Tebow option right for 13 yards to midfield. On 2nd and 8, Tebow keeps to the OU 46, 3rd and 4. Tebow on the QB draw down to the 31. On 1st down, Tebow goes long for Murphy, incomplete, and Murphy is injured on the play. Looks like a knee. On 2nd and long, Tebow throws across the middle into double coverage, incomplete. Third and 10: and Tebow keeps for a first down.

Tebow is doing his best to impose his will on the OU defense.

Tebow carries again on 1st down for 7 yards. Option right, and Demps carries to the 2 yard line, and OU grabs a facemask. 1st and goal from the one. Tebow can’t get in on 1st down. Incomplete pass on 2nd down. Third down, from the wildcat formation, Harvin takes it in over the right side for a Gator TD! Oh man, Dan Mullin is calling a great game. 14-7 Gators!

OU starts their next possession at their 29, and it’s Bradford’s turn. Bradford takes a big hit on a first down sack, but appears unfazed as his 2nd down pass is to midfield, and then another first down.

The pace has quickened. A wide receiver screen on second down is one yard short at the FL 27. Brown is dropped for a 3 yard loss, and it’s 4th and 4, and OU will go for 3 points. The kick is blocked! The TV announcer says it’s the 9th block of the year for the gators. Florida takes over and another Florida player is down. Murphy. It looks like either hammy, or maybe cramps. Yup, the announcer just confirmed it. On 2nd and 7, Tebow hands to Harvin over the left side, and it’s 3rd and 3. OU needs a stop right now to stem the gator momentum. Tebow is stopped for no gain and Florida must punt. That was big, big, big.

4th Quarter: OU takes over on their 22, and Brown carries for 9 yards off right tackle. OU in the I formation, and Brown carries to the 35, 1st down. Bradford under center, and hands to Brown again for 3. Florida is flagged for a Personal foul. Another bonehead play. Bradford takes the snap and lays out a sweet pass to Brown for 25 yards down to the UF 22. OU tries to quicksnap, and UF kicks the ball, reset, handoff to Brown on 1st down for a short gain. The fast break offense is something to watch! Florida gets pressure on 2nd down, and the pass is incompplete. 3rd and 8, Bradford passes to Gresham for the first down at the gator 11. Bradford passes to Gresham on first down, Gresham loses a shoe, but makes it into the endzone, PAT is good, tie game 14-14. Dude!!!!

Florida starts on their own 22. Harvin breaks a big gainer for 50 yards! 1st down at the OU 26. Harvin carries again to the OU 15, and appears to be hurt. He walked off under his own power though. 2nd and 6, Tebow throws it away. Great coverage by OU. 3rd down, Harvin is back in the game, Murphy is back in, and Tebow throws it away again. Phillips tries a 28 yard FG, it is GOOD!! Florida 17, OU 14.

Whew. I need a soda.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 35, and Bradford is in the shotgun, lofts a fade pass, too long, incomplete. Bradford to Brown for 12. A first down carry for short yardage, and 2nd and 7, Bradford on play action throws over the middle—it’s taken away by Black!!! Dude!!!!! First down Gators.

It’s crunch time for the Sooner Defense.

Inside option to the TE is good for a first down. Nine minutes left in the game, Tebow gets the play and option-right, keeps to the 40. Another crunch down for the Sooners. 3rd and 7, OU shows blitz, and good ole’ #75 has his 3rd false start of the game. 3rd and 12 for the gators, OU rushes 3, and his pass to Cooper is good for 15 yards and a first down to the Sooner 49.

Harvin loses a yard on 1st down as the clock goes under 7 minutes. Tebow throws a strike to Nelson. His best pass of the night. 1st down at the OU 20. Can the OU defense step up again???

Harvin carries to the 15 on 1st down. OU needs to hold the gators to a FG. 2nd down pass to Harvin to the 12. 3rd and short, but another false start on bonehead #75. If Florida loses the game, #75 gets the goat horns. Hernandez bails out #75 on the inside option to the TE. First and goal florida as the clock goes under 6 minutes. 2nd and goal, Tebow throws the jump pass to Nelson, TOUCHDOWN GATORS!!! PAT is good, 24-14. Just over five minutes left in the game.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 30, and Sam Bradford takes over. Pressure, pass batted down. Florida has 6 in the box, so the corners are on an island, Bradford throws short to Gresham, and the clock goes under 3 minutes. Third down pass falls incomplete, Bradford looks at 4th and 4. Incomplete……..and with 2:26 to go in the game, the gators appear to have wrapped this one up…..

Sooners must burn their TO’s on defense. One left. Florida players are getting their gatorade ready, but it’s too soon for that. OU can score in a hurry.

Oh well. Tebow just carried off right tackle for 12 yards and a first down. A penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on Tebow? Dang. Oh well, at this point, field position is irrelevant, just the clock matters. OU burns their final TO with a minute and a half to go.

3rd and 2, and the clock slips under a minute. Tebow carries for a first down, and goes over 100 yards rushing on the night. It’s time to kneel and run out the clock. Gatorade time for Urban Mayer. Florida calls a timeout with 22 seconds and prepares to run the final play. Gators in victory formation and Tebow takes a knee.

That’s all folks. Florida 24 Oklahoma 14.

Obama buzzed in Florida

Joe Biden’s most recent gaffe was brought up on the campaign trail by Sarah Palin at a Cedar Rapids rally….

“our opponents, they have some strange ideas about raising taxes. To them, raising taxes – and Joe Biden said it again today — raising taxes is about patriotism.” That line brought a chorus of boos.

“To the rest of America, that’s not patriotism, raising taxes. It is about killing jobs and hurting small business and making things worse,” she continued. “This isn’t about anyone’s patriotism, it’s about Barack Obama’s poor judgment.”

“He wants to raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars. And at a time like this, that will make today’s bad economy seem like the good old days.” source

And, just in case the Anointed One didn’t get the message, a protester at a Jacksonville rally brought it to his attention in a unique way…..
from FoxNews (Bonney Kapp)

Protesters are as common to the campaign trail as supporters – from those waving McCain signs at the entrance of events, to the more subtle passersby who flash the thumbs down gesture (or worse) along the motorcade route, to the occasional group that infiltrates and interrupts an event.

But this afternoon, someone went all out to get his or her message out at Obama’s rally in northern Florida.

A single engine plane pulling a banner behind it – like those you’d see at the shore – circled Obama’s rally, which was held at Metropolitan Park along the St. John’s River in Jacksonville.

The protester’s message: “Raising taxes is not patriotic.”

Disabled Men, Woman Beaten Over Not Paying ‘Fee’ For Being White

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four men in Orlando were charged with a hate crime after they pummeled a 62-year-old woman and her two mentally-challenged companions at a public park after they didn’t pay a “fee” for being white, police said.Investigators said the victims were walking into a Kaley Park when they were confronted by Christopher Colbert, Erick Golden, Willie Pritts and Antoniette Boone.

Police said the victims were told that since they are white, they had to pay a fee to be in the park.

When the three didn’t pay, the men beat them, officers said.

One of the victims was held up with a knife, a police report said.

Deputies stopped the men a few miles from the park and they were taken into custody.

Thugs, protection rackets, and criminal behavior like this has been around forever. The only difference is that in 21st Century America, it has become fashionable to assign special penalties if the crime involves skin pigmentation.

It is absurd.

The perpetrators committed an act which deserves the full weight of the Florida criminal legal system being brought to bear. But to single out a special category of “hate crime” requires a burden of proof on the prosecution that can be manipulated by defense attorneys, and demagogued by politicians. It is not only potentially a divisive issue, but counter-productive as well.

If justice is indeed blind, then to treat criminals and their victims any differently because of their skin color, sexual preference, religion, or sex is just plain wrong.

Thursday Reading List

hillary_book_finesthour.jpgDick Morris provides us with a Hillary Clinton score card of lies … ones she has admitted to and ones she won’t confess to.

Chelsea Clinton says that this college student was the first person to ever ask her about Hillary’s handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal … yeah right.

Of course a socialist, anti-American dictator would not want John McCain to be the next US president.

This list of recent Bush pardons should show you how completely asinine some of our laws are in this country.

Here’s a global warming movement I can get into … just deal with it.

When your city gets sued by the ACLU and costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the logical solution is to declare an official “American Civil Liberties Union Day.”

In Central Florida and cities around the country, Real estate agents are starting to set up Foreclosure Bus Tours.

When the government feels it is necessary to track “adult material” in the state … something tells me that paying a $250 fee and registering with the secretary of state is going to be met with some resistance.

The IRS finally realizes there is such a thing as YouTube and dedicates it first video to sending you money.

Government at its finest … a soldier who served more than four years in the British Army has been told that he can’t become a citizen because he applied on the wrong date.

Can somebody please tell me what is wrong with this story? The building is being demolished. It catches on fire. Shouldn’t someone thank Mother Nature?

What happened when Chicago imposed a tax on bottled water? Well one thing is for sure, the politicians are upset that their constituents have outsmarted them.

A local barber shop in Michigan has been told that it can no longer serve a free beer with a cut … because the government said so.

This is absolutely the most useless information you will ever need to know about the current presidential candidates.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster displays its noodley appendages at Crossville courthouse.

(source: Boortz)


Fiscon Identity Politics

images3.jpg“I would also suggest that one needs to look very carefully at exactly what the business record is,” Huckabee said.”If it’s taking companies that are in serious trouble, buying them when they are in pain, selling off their assets, then making huge profit off of it then that’s not something a lot of Americans can relate to, except those that have lost their jobs because of those kind of transactions.If that’s the turnaround then there are a lot of Americans who do not want to see their lives turned around like that.” source

Before taking a morning jog in Ft. Lauderdale, Mike Huckabee’s remarks regarding Mitt Romney’s business record drew a very sharp distinction between the vision of conservatism espoused by Wall Street Republicans and Main Street Republicans. It is a distinction drawn previously by both Huckabee and Duncan Hunter, and one that has come into increasing focus as the economy emerges as the top issue in the campaign.

Ironically, it is the success of the Bush national security policy, and the counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq that has diminished the war and national security as the primary focus of the campaign. But, if the economy is Romney’s supposed strong suit, a closer look at his record in the private equity business is warranted.

romney3.jpg …as the leader of private equity firm Bain Capital from 1984 to 1999, Romney’s record shows that while some of the firm’s investments helped companies grow, others ended in thousands of layoffs, and in some cases, bankruptcy.

Layoffs are a common result of private equity takeovers, with Bain Capital no exception….

Companies such as office supplier Staples Inc. and pizza company Domino’s were successful Bain investments under Romney.

But medical test maker Dade Behring, circuit board maker DDi, American Pad & Paper and auto parts company Cambridge Industries are among the companies that went bankrupt after Bain invested in them with Romney at the helm….

The private equity model is built on loading companies up with debt — which can ultimately prove too heavy a load for the business, as was the case with DDi.

Bain invested $46 million in DDi in October 1997 and later sold shares worth at least $93 million, according to a report by the Orange County Register newspaper. The Anaheim, California, company ultimately went bankrupt, laying off 2,100 employees. source

“It always makes sense to fight for every single good job.”

This was Mitt’s campaign rhetoric in Michigan and SC. It makes perfect sense for a candidate for President to say this.

But, if this had been his attitude as a businessman, this is certain: He would not have amassed the personal fortune that is financing his run for the Presidency, and thousands of “good jobs” at DDI, American Pad and Paper, Cambridge Industries, and others might still be around.

It does help to explain, however the club for growth’s enthusiastic support for Romney, despite his less than sterling fiscal record as governor of Massachusetts — he’s one of their own.

“his support for broad-based tax cuts in liberal Massachusetts together with his enthusiastic embrace of the Bush tax cuts on the campaign trail offers hope that Governor Romney’s previous ambivalence on tax policy is more a function of Massachusetts politics than his core beliefs.”

Ah yes. hope!

The fiscal record of Romney is somewhat similar to Huckabee. They both governed Democrat majority states as pragmatic conservatives. But Romney comports himself as a fiscon, so establishment Republicans give him a pass, and praise his record as offering hope.

He’s one of their own. More “identity politics?”

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