Archive for May 30, 2008

Governor Crist’s New Girlfriend

Read all about her here, if you’re interested.

She’s a philanthropist, patron of the arts, Georgetown honors grad and a Manhattan socialite.

An attractive, photogenic divorcee with a ton of money, two school age children, and did I mention the money? She would appear to be the perfect woman for an unmarried politician with national aspirations.

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House Cats on the Menu for Coyotes

Owners can help protect their pets from facing the same fate with a few precautions, Sillars said. Coyotes are typically more active at dawn and dusk, so pets should be kept inside especially at those times. Dog owners should walk their small canines with a leash and during daylight.

If people see a coyote while with their pets, they should pick up their furry loved ones and walk in the opposite direction, Sillars said. It’s unlikely for coyotes to attack humans because they prefer smaller meals, but humans won’t stop the wildlife from coming after Fido or Fluffy.

With development forcing wildlife to adapt to humans, people will have to adjust to the nature that surrounds them, Sillars said.

People are going to have to learn to change their behaviors,” she said.

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Yes, people are going to have to learn to change their behavior. Coyotes are new arrivals in Florida. Shoot the bastards.

Legal means of coyote control include shooting
and trapping. Both measures may be conducted
throughout the year because of the coyote’s
non-protected status. The use of guns and bows are
allowed during daylight hours and at night with a
special permit from the Florida Game and Freshwater
Fish Commission (FGC).

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In Miami, Spanish is Becoming Primary Language?

In a story by the AP, they note:

In many areas of Miami, Spanish has become the predominant language, replacing English in everyday life. Anyone from Latin America could feel at home on the streets, without having to pronounce a single word in English.

In stores, shopkeepers wait on their clients in Spanish. Universities offer programs for Spanish speakers. And in supermarkets, banks, restaurants — even at the post office and government offices — information is given and assistance is offered in Spanish. In Miami, doctors and nurses speak Spanish with their patients and a large portion of advertising is in Spanish. Daily newspapers and radio and television stations cater to the Hispanic public.

But this situation, so pleasing to Latin American immigrants, makes some English speakers feel marginalized. In the 1950s, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of Miami-Dade County residents were non-Hispanic whites. But in 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that number was only 18.5 percent, and in 2015 it is forecast to be 14 percent. Hispanics now make up about 60 percent.

Hellloooooo, Associated Press. Where have y’all been? Certainly not in Miami. This has been an ongoing problem and the majority of residents there were not born in this country.

You haven’t been in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona….or small farming towns in Georgia, either, apparently.

The tense is clearly wrong in the article. Spanish isn’t becoming the primary language, it IS the primary language.

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Best Shuttle Launch Viewing Sites

Here.

I’m going to have to skip the Saturday launch (working) but hoped that there would be one in the summer but alas, none are scheduled.

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Teen, Mom Arrested After Gunfire at BBQ

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 19-year-old accused of firing several shots a people gathered for a Memorial Day cookout is charged with aggravated assault, and so is his mother, who police say told her son to fire the shots.

According to the police report, Kabibi Ngombe, 38, got in an argument with people in the 2000 block of Lambert Street on Monday evening, then told them she was going to get her son, who “would get his gun and come up on you all.”

Ngombe returned a few minutes later, with her son, Patient Lukohde. Witnesses told police that Lukohde walked toward them and fired several shots at the group of people.

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*Sigh*

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Jacksonville’s Infant Mortality Rate Highest in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL — The city’s infant mortality rate continues to be the highest in Florida with the rate in the black community nearly twice that of whites.

Those findings are found in a a study on infant mortality just completed by Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

In 2006, 130 infants died before their first birthday in Jacksonville.

The mortality rate overall in the city is 9.5% with the rate for whites 7.2% and for blacks 12.7% in 2006.

“Jacksonville has the highest rate in the state,” said Helen Jackson who is the JCCI Board of Directors President. “This is not something we want to be known for.”

Poor nutrition is cited as one reason for city’s high rate of infant mortality.

Other reasons to come into play says Joy Burgess who was a member of the study team.

“Racism, poverty, poor housing, crime, poor education, access to medical care and joblessness is killing our babies,” said Burgess.

Recommendations are being offered to help turn the infant mortality rate around. One idea is creating an Ombudsperson program so there is someone to represent and be an advocate for expectant mothers.

Another suggestion made was to bring more well stocked grocery stores into neighborhoods so expectant mothers have access to a well-balanced diet.

Source: First Coast News

A lot of those things listed are called “lifestyle choices”. Poor education? Schools bend over backwards trying to help students to graduate. The teachers, however, cannot make a student learn that refuses to put forth any effort. Poverty and joblessness? This is the 21st century, and most jobs require some type of training and at least a high school education. Access to medical care? Please. Every poor person has state-funded coverage. All they have to do is make an appointment and actually show up on time. Poor housing? I helped build some of the government low income housing. It’s newer than the house I live in. My house, however, is taken care of and not routinely torn apart. Crime? Well, that’s one of the reasons that there aren’t as many well-stocked grocery stores as people may want. It’s dangerous for the workers and managers, and the stores lose too much money.

It would be much more productive to quit saying that the causes of high infant mortality are “racism” and take a good, hard look at where the blame lies.

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