Here is a commercial I would like to see! Florida Governor DeSantis expanded his"I can't mind my own business" program by fully paying for the costs of transporting pets from Puerto Rico left homeless by Hurrican Fiona. Despite Florida residents facing a high cost of housing crisis, and getting no relief from Governor DeSantis, funds were somehow located to assist those whom the Governor really cares about! Pets. Costs include air transporation, food and housing costs in already overcrowded Florida Animal shelters. As his commercials say, "Thanks Governor DeSantis!
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Exterior view of restaurant with "we are hiring signs". Exterior view of other stores and business with "we are hiring signs".)
Business Owner: "Thanks Governor DeSantis for chartering a plane on Florida taxpayer money and sending low skill immigrant workers to Marthas Vineyard in Massachusetts. Those immigrants could have filled our hard to fill low skill Florida jobs and kept our services going, so we can continue to serve Florida residents. But instead we will just continue with shorter hours, and long waits for customers to get service. Next I might just go ahead and file bankruptcy. Are you going to fly me to Massachusetts too?"
Monday, September 12, 2022
(View of white, unsmiling family of four). Thank you, Governor Desantis! With the rising cost of housing in Florida, me and my family now are living in our car. (View of small SUV filled with clothes and empty food containers)
(Female woman in her 30’s) Thank you Governor Desantis! The restaurant I work for is building me a place to live so I can serve all those who can afford to pay $400,000 plus for a starter home in Florida. My family visits me every Wednesday for family time. (Show a series of shacks, and tiny prefabricated housing units crowded together).
(View of teacher in the classroom). Thank you, Governor Desantis! Thanks to you, I don’t have to worry about teaching my students to think for themselves. You’ve told us what we can teach and what we cannot teach. Now I am teaching kids to be Florida robots!
(View of un smiling citizens in a community) Thank you, Governor Desantis. You fired the person we elected to serve us. Thanks for making our vote not mean a thing.
(Voice over) Governor Ron Desantis. Is he good for Florida? Is he good for the country?
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Governor Ron DeSantis wants to be a history teacher. He wants to rewrite history into a fantasy history version that he loves and believes you will love to. DeSantis thinks the truth is too much for you to handle. Is that viewpoint good for Florida? And is that viewpoint good for America? Under DeSantis fantasy history, the Confederate war never happened. Under DeSantis fantasy history, slavery never happened? Under DeSantis, you think and do what he says you should do and think. Because DeSantis does not back down from his truth. Wasn’t there someone in Germany in the 1930s who also would not back down? How did that person turn out? In Ron Santis fantasy history land a Minnesota police man tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and landed on the neck of an innocent bystander. In DeSantis fantasy history, the policeman then caught a cramp in his foot and couldn’t get up for eight minutes. Let’s send DeSantis back to school to become a real history teacher. Let’s give him time out, for at least 4 years. Until he learns to teach the facts.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Four years ago I wrote the original "Dear Police Chief" blog article. In 2018, I suggested that a "stand down" of police departments occur nationwide. The idea being the Chief of Police of each department would gather officers together and review the use of force policies in their department. Talk about the situations where use of force could result in the death of a suspect. Talk about what police behaviors and actions to self control.
I ask you the same question I asked in 2018. Has your office reviewed your use of force policy with your police officers? If not, why not? Are you okay when violent police behavior or the death of a suspect occurs during a police stop or when a suspect is in the custody of your officer? What has improved for your department since 2018?
Recently two Indiana small town police officers were shot during a traffic stop. One officer in Elwood, Indiana died from the gunfire. Another in Richmond, Indiana as of this writing remains in critical condition. In each instance the police officer stopped the suspect without having the benefit of a backup officer being there. These one-on-one encounters are dangerous for both the police officer and the suspect. In these one-on-one encounters there is a high probability that the officer or suspect will be killed. The officer who fears for their life may shoot and kill the suspect. The suspect may be someone who has made a decision that they will never be returned to prison again. A lifetime criminal's "nothing to lose mentality" is dangerous to the officer and has fatal consequences to the family of the police officer.
I suggest police departments change your policies to always require a second officer be present when a suspect is stopped and approached. If you currently do not have the resources, then request funds for the resources for a second back up officer policy. Isn't the life of the officer and the livelihood of the wife, husband, and children of the officer worth the investment? Isn't the officers life worth the additional funds?
The job of a police officer is likely among the top ten toughest jobs in the United States. Your officer deserves your 100% support. Take action now.
Friday, August 12, 2022
I saw a "news" report several weeks ago. It touted the current inflation rate being the highest it has ever been in the past 40 years. I thought to myself, well, I am 65 years old so I lived through that last inflation milestone. The lesson being, this too will pass. Since I am typing this post now, you may rightly assume that I survived those turbulent inflationary economic times. Yes, I did and I am doing well in today's environment, thank you, and mainly thank God!
My message is this. Do not let the economic experts, pundits, and commentators scare you into any abnormal behavior. Don't let them petrify you with fear on how you spend every cent of your income. Just use common sense and reduce discretionary expenses. Or if all your expenses are necessary rather than discretionary, just creat a plan on how to manage your income so all expenses can continue to be paid, on time. Reprioritze the order in which you pay bills. Don't pay your bills right away, but do pay them before the bill is due for payment. Examine your current spending to see what you can eliminate as truly being a discretionary item. Streaming services are one candidate. You will not go into a coma if you cut back on 1-2 monthly streaming bills. You can always catch up on watching episodes of a TV show or series.
Forty years ago, I was still a newcomer to the workforce with a 2 year old child and wife to support. I don't recall doing anything extra ordinary back then to survive the high inflation rate in those days. I just managed my spending wisely. In 40 more years I likely will not be around to look back at the high inflation days of 2022. But you will. Then you will say, "what was the big deal?"
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
An ex President of the United States. Senators and Congressmembers. Governors of states. Who would think that people in this category would be traitors to the Constitution and government of the United States of America. But such is the apparent case in the year 2022. We all saw on January 6, 2021 when citizens of the United States marched on the capitol in Washington D.C. and violently threatened the government of the United States.
Now when the FBI attempts to retrieve documents under the pervue of its mission, the former category of people claim that the FBI is being misused to threaten innocent Americans! These Senators, Governors, and Congressmembers are the people we need to fear. Elected and former elected officials who support misbehavior of citizens. Former elected officials who now seem to find themselves above the coverage of the law. The law they swore to uphold.
As events move forward, be aware of people who support tyrants such as these. They are not patriots. Instead they are a threat to the rule of law and order. They only want to abide by laws and rules that benefit them. Through your verbal tirade, they support the attack on the capitol building. They support the attack on the capitol police. And now they support an ex President being held above the law.
Let's not mistake who they are. They are far from being Patriots. They are the latest internal threat to the government of the United States of America.