I’m being optimistic and think that McLaughlin will act in good moral character when he takes his new spot in the county.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I’m being optimistic and think that McLaughlin will act in good moral character when he takes his new spot in the county.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The new stadium will be right across the street from the treatment plant. No one will go to games if the wind from the plant is going to waft through the stadium. The plant needs to be moved before the Pelicans play their first game (if in fact they ever get to do that).
Attracting Tourists and Conferences to Downtown - We need to be competitive with other cities when it comes to attracting business conventions and tourists to downtown Pensacola.
Our close proximity to Pensacola Beach makes downtown an attractive spot for conference attendees. These visitors are willing to spend their money in Pensacola.
Opening Up Downtown to the Water – Pensacola needs to use their waterfront as a tourist attraction by getting rid of spoiled areas on its coastline. Other cities have opened up refurbished industrial areas near their waterfront and they’ve thrived.
Baltimore is one of these cities. The city turned a old dingy port into a major draw for tourists. The area has many hotels, tourist attractions and restaurants. We need these amenities in Pensacola.
The Pensacola City Council should adopt these plans and lead Pensacola towards a better tomorrow.
I was not able to attend and did not hear if Giuliani mentioned 9/11 during the event.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Outzen and The Pensacola Blog agree that Paul should be able to keep his job as superintendent.
Roy is a great guy. Whenever I run into him in Pensacola, I don’t make a scene; I just give him the bachelor nod. You know the gesture, the nod hello. I would see Jones at Dodge’s Chicken on Nine Mile where he was filling up his hummer.
What’s your favorite Roy story? Let’s hear your stories Pensacola.
Well – the State has let it happen again. Archer-Western, the company doing the I-110 construction, has allowed more clay to wash into the bay. The State failed to provide proper oversight of the company’s efforts to prevent erosion at the construction site.
Florida’s Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection told Pensacolians they would make Archer-Western take the proper precautions to prevent clay from eroding into the bay, even during record-breaking rains.
We’ve heard this several times since the heavy October rains, but clay keeps spilling into our waterways. Since the beginning of the I-110 construction, the State has allowed the red clay to make its way into the bay. They say they’ve fined Archer-Western, but this isn’t working. The State is not preventing the clay from ending up in the bay.
Florida has failed to do their job and it’s time for Pensacola to do something about it. It’s time for the city to take action.
The city should sue the state if they fail to make sure that Archer-Western is doing all they can to prevent the clay from ending up in the bay. I’m sure if the state is threatened with paying the city for damages, they would make sure the bay won’t ever be stained red with the clay from the construction project that they are overseeing.
Why should Pensacola sue the state? They should sue because the clay from the I-110 construction project is killing marine life in our beautiful bay.
Do you think this is even a problem for us? Do you care that there’s red clay in they bay? Do you think the city should sue the state if more eroded clay from the I-110 construction is washed into Pensacola Bay?
If you do, you can use the email addresses I have provided below and email the state agencies overseeing the I-110 construction. Let them know how you feel about their lack of oversight. You can also email the city to encourage them to take legal action if the state does not prevent future erosion.
Florida’s Department of Transportation
Tommy Speights – District 3 – Public Information Officer
Florida’s Department of Environment
Sally Cooey – Northwest District – Public Services Officer
City of Pensacola
Tom Bonfield – City Manager
Saturday, January 19, 2008
On Thursday, Mike Suchcicki, the Pensacola News Journal’s multimedia editor sent me an email that asked me to stop using their images on my blog.
Here is the email:
It is the policy of the Pensacola News Journal to never allow the posting of our copyright content, which includes photos, cartoons and articles, on other web sites. Therefore we must request that you no longer post any content obtained from the Pensacola News Journal web site, pnj.com, and that you remove any photos, cartoons or other content from our web site that you have used on pensacolablog.blogspot.com.
You are free to link to our content, and we will be happy to provide you with the proper links.
If you have any questions, please write or call.
Thank you for your understanding and for your prompt attention to this matter.
Pensacola News Journal
I could have just not responded to the email and kept using their images because my use of their images is legal and does not break any copyright laws.
Instead of ignoring the email, I sent a reply to Mr. Suchcicki asking if we could work out an arrangement for me to continue to keep using their altered images on my blog.
Instead of pissing off the PNJ, I wanted to work out an agreement where I could legally use some of their content from their site that I would alter for artistic expression and present in a newsworthy manner.
Plus, I don’t make any money from my blog. I am not taking away any ad revenue from www.pensacolanewsjournal.com. I have a full time job in grassroots communication; I do this for fun because I love the community of Pensacola and want my blog to be a complement to their website. I want The Pensacola Blog to be an additional source of news where people can meet, step beyond the headlines and discuss the issues. I will pose questions that will get the discussion going. I will hopefully also offer some insight into the issues of concern in Pensacola, FL.
Here was my response to the Pensacola News Journal:
Hello to Mike and gang,
In order for me to continue posting the Pensacola News Journal's content on my blog, there has to be some kind of arrangement that we can work out. Are you sure that I have to take them down?
My blog is on the up-and-up; I'm legit. Every time I use one of your images on The Pensacola Blog, I make sure to give your paper the credit.
Under the body of each post, I make sure to tell the reader where the image came from. It always looks like this: [Photo Via Pensacola News Journal]. The text of Pensacola News Journal is always hyperlinked to your paper's website. If the credit is too far away from the image, I will move it closer. I could also start linking to the story on your website that corresponds to the image that I am using in my blog.
Also, I'm sorry for linking to Jim Paul cartoon today. I understand that this post crossed the line and I violated the fair use doctrine in the federal copyright laws. In the future, I will never use any of your images on Pensacola Blog that would break US copyright laws.
I will only use your photographed images. From now on, The Pensacola Blog's use of your photographed images will under the legal realm of the fair use doctrine. I will no longer post your cartoons on my blog or any other content from your website that would break the law.
I would love to discuss this further and look forward to working something out so that I can keep using your photographed images on my blog.
As a sign of goodwill, I will not post any more of your images on The Pensacola Blog until we have made an arrangement for me to use them.
Talk to you soon,
Hopefully, the Pensacola News Journal will help out an amateur blogger that just wants facilitate conversation amongst Pensacolians. I’m not sure why this would be a problem when I am not profiting from my blog.
I hope The Pensacola News Journal and The Pensacola Blog can work something out.
“Maybe I did have three drinks”, Paul told the PNJ reporter. He then revealed that he was intoxicated when he was pulled over. “Obviously, I had too much to drink.”
Paul had originally said he was not drunk when he was pulled over and that he only had two glasses of wine on the night of his arrest.
Paul is finally telling the truth.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I guess they are financially sound now and the team wants to buy the building. The county seems receptive to the purchase.
In order for it to happen, the state and city would have to approve the deal.
On Tuesday, the city and county will meet in a joint session to talk about the sale. If you would like to go, the meeting is open to the public.
Do you think the county should sell the civic center to the hockey team?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I hope he doesn’t lie under oath
The Emerald Coastkeepers wants Mike Blanton to cut down on the size of the development and limit the impact on his lands' wetlands, even though he has already cut down on the proposed acreage. The developer has already cut down on 16,000 feet from the planned development, but the Coastkeepers say that this is not enough downsizing.
Now that you have the background information on the proposed wetland development, do you think Blanton should be allowed to build on them? Check out the PNJ article for further analysis.
Some parts of this morning’s broadcast were taped at the show’s New York location where they usually do it. One of the show’s talking heads read the entertainment news and added that “Pensacola is not known for its entertainment.”
Well – he’s kind of right. We can’t even build a simple minor league baseball stadium.
The suspect has a history of criminal activity. Last April, Smith was released from prison after serving a six year sentence.
Assuming that Smith will be convicted of his crime, and given that he is 48 years old, do you think he will die in prison?
Dogan is right; King should just save himself the embarrassment and resign. He should walk away from the CMPA before they are forced to give him the boot for his cocaine charge.
The CMPA hinted in their last meeting that they could be voting to oust King from the board. It is in King’s best interest to resign before he is forced to leave. As Dogan says, “If King has any dignity and self-respect left, he should save the board the trouble and resign.”
In response to the possible ousting, King is embarrassingly playing the race card to save his spot on the board. That’s just sad.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The Escambia County Sheriff's Offiice in the misdt of a man-hunt to find Smith. The last time the fugitive was seen, he was was fleeing the scene on foot.
Is dog fighting really that bad of a problem in Pensacola that there needs to be a local campaign against it?
Patti was arrested for punching Robert Lavett who called Patti an "old man" and called his family “crooks”. Lavett went on the insult tirade after he became irritated that Patti would question him about the credit card which didn’t have Lavett’s name on it. The car was in his mother’s name; she had just dropped him off at the fish market and was waiting in the car.
Patti told police he didn’t punch Lavett because the customer insulted him; He punched the customer because he said Lavett made a threatening motion towards him. Today, the PNJ interviewed Lavett and he flatly denies that he tried to lunge at Patti.
Does everyone think Patti will serve time for violating the terms of his parole?
First of all, politicians need to come out and admit they don't have the power to improve the economy. This is the job of the business community and hard working Americans like us. Of course, Nelson didn't admit this.
I’m not sure how much of the federal government’s budget goes towards veterans’ benefits. I'm not sure whether it has been going up or down. We should increase the spending if we have more service members retiring.
Our whole tax structure needs to be restructured; don’t even get me started on that subject.
As for the percentage of our earnings that should be taxed, the federal government should take in as little as possible, while at the same time, sufficiently fund essential government services.
I wouldn’t expect to see the Amtrak blow through Pensacola any time soon. The route from New Orleans to Jacksonville that stops in Pensacola has been closed since Hurricane Katrina. Amtrak isn’t rushing to open up the hurricane damaged route because the government-funded passenger train company is bleeding money. The train is romantic, but Americans just don’t use it enough to make Amtrak any money.
I’m glad the attendees of the Nelson town hall asked such great questions. More Pensacolians need to get out and become politically active. Future Americans will thank you.
The paper says he is lying about the amount of drinks he had at the casino, the night before he was pulled over by the police for “swerving and speeding” in his car. Paul said he only had two glasses of wine, even though a breathalyzer told cops that he had a blood-alcohol level of 12%. This seems impossible for a man his size. Paul said he drank two glasses of wine in five hours. It would be impossible for Paul to have a blood-alcohol level with that many drinks in his system. Paul is not telling the truth about the amount he drank at the casino in Clearwater, FL. The PNJ is right; Paul is a liar.
They also call him out for lying about not being drunk, the night he was pulled over before a teacher’s conference near the Tampa International Airport. If Paul had that much alcohol in his system, he would have been inebriated. The superintendent did fail a field-sobriety test that night. Paul should have admitted that he was drunk the night of his arrest.
Should Paul resign for lying to the voters of Escambia County? No – I don’t think lying about the details of the night's events, warrants resignation by the superintendent. People get DUI charges everyday, and most of them go back to work the next day. The man didn’t rob a bank.
The PNJ was on point with the lying part, but they’re off target when it comes to the resignation of the superintendent.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Patti questioned Robert Lavett, who was trying to use a credit card with his mother’s name on it. Lavett became irritated by the inquiry and called Patti’s family a bunch of crooks. The customer also called Patti an old man.
The insults set Patti off and he came out from behind the counter, and socked Lavett in the throat. Patti was then arrested by Pensacola Police for assault.
Shortly after he was arrested, Patti was released by the police. There is no word on when Patti will be tried for the crime.
Varona Enterprises was awarded a contract extension because they have already been operating two gift/news shops and two restaurants in the airport.
The Paradies Shop is also a contract recipient because they plan to open up three retail shops in PNS. The company's new shops will feature items from Pensacola’s major tourist destinations, as well as vacation gear.
Does everyone like the existing shops and restaurants? Are you excited about the items the new retailer will be offering?
After the paper asked for a comment, King admonished the paper for the news of his arrest and trial, that they have been printing. “You’re still trying to lynch me. Print that.”
Whoa – settle down buddy. You’re a public figure and preacher in Pensacola that was caught with an illegal drug. You’re lucky you just got off with probation. Did you expect the paper to not follow your case?
Do you think King is trying to play the race card by using the word “lynch”?
According to a WEAR3 report, the loss of Baptist Hospital as a customer will mean the Northwest Florida Blood Center will “lose up to ten percent of its revenue.”
Baptist Hospital has decided to go with the Red Cross as their blood provider because they’re cheaper and more efficient. The PNJ cites a Baptist Hospital press release that says they are going with the Red Cross as their provider because of “significant cost savings.” The national provider can also provide services that the Northwest Florida Blood Center is just not capable of doing.
This means that if the Northwest Florida Blood Center doesn’t want to lose its contracts with other local hospitals, they will need to step up their game if they want to compete with the big boys.
According to the county’s website, the parks and recreation department “will assist you in scheduling and reserving the best facility to meet your needs.” It does sound like the county has entered the tourism industry.
Rental fees for the parks vary according to their size.
You can call 850-475-5220 to get more information about renting an Escambia County park.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I received an email from the Giuliani campaign that said the 6 p.m. rally is free and open to the public.
The campaign wants everyone that is planning on attending to be at the Fish House before six and the 9/11 mayor “will speak shortly thereafter”.
Hey Giuliani fans - get your butts down to the Fish House if you want to support his campaign.
Nelson is talking to constituents to find out what they would like him to do in Washington.
You might not think that talking to the senator would actually do anything, but it does. Surprisingly, politicians actually listen to their constituents and do what they say.
Yesterday, I reported that Rudy Guiliani will be campaigning in Pensacola this week and I've just learned that on Wednesday night, the former New York mayor will be stopping at the Fish House at 6:00 p.m.
No word on what will happen at the event or if it's by invitation only, but I've emailed the Giuliani campaign and I'll release the details when they send them to me.
Rudy is campaigning heavily in Florida before our state's January 29th primary in hopes that a win here will catapult him to Republican front-runner status before the "super Tuesday" primaries. The multiple state primary on February 5th will most likely pick the party's nominee.
King will also have to undergo an evaluation to see if he has a substance abuse problem. If evaluators determine that King likes the booger sugar a little too much, he will need to enter a treatment program.
King's attorney, Ted Stokes, must think the ex-reverend won't be kicked off the CMPA board because he asked the judge to delay sentencing so that King can continue to perform his duties on the board which includes some travel. Don't worry Stokes, King won't be on the board for much longer and will be able to adhere to the terms of his probation.
King's attorney is going to appeal the sentence.
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The Republican presidential candidate's tenacious backers in Pensacola are willing to knock on doors and donate money to help spread the Republican congressman's libertarian message.
You don't even need to read the PNJ piece to understand the type of following that Paul has in this area. Just look at all the homemade "Ron Paul for President" signs you see around town. I have yet to see any homemade signs for the other candidates that are running for president.
Like other Paul supporters, Pensacola's backers have harnessed the organizing power of the Internet to spread his message.
Recently, 230 Paul supporters gathered in Pensacola to rally support for the presidential candidate after they organized on the website, Meetup.com. The backers in this area have also donated money via the Internet. Paul's campaign contributions have been pouring in from supporters who have donated money using the candidate's website.
In November, his campaign's website raised 4 million dollars in just one day. This is amazing if you consider the amount of media attention that Paul has recieved; they really haven't been paying attention to the candidate.
If you'd like to know more about Ron Paul and you're unsure of where he stands on the issues, ask one of his supporters to explain them to you. In order to spread his message, Paul's fervent backers are willing to talk your ear off in an attempt to gain more support for the candidate. I've seen it happen several times.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
On January 5th, landowner Phyllis Blazier found thousands of dead mullet floating in ward basin near her property. The cause of the fish kill was the previous days’ cold weather.
Right after the discovery of the fish kill, state and county officials said that they would work together to clean up the mess. Since then, they have slowly backed off of their original promises.
The officials have come to the conclusion that the fish kill is an act of god and does not pose a health risk to residents in the area. Therefore, it’s not their responsibility to clean it up.
I applaud the state and county’s decision to not clean up the fish kill.
It was a smart decision, but they shouldn’t have originally told the landowners like Blazier that they were going to clean it up the fish kill, if they didn’t think they were going to have to clean it up. The elected officials did a poor job of managing their constituent’s expectations of them.
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After the students began yelling at the bus driver that Brady was whipping out his penis in his truck, a Pensacola police officer sitting in her cruiser at the intersection of 12th and Bayou, saw the alarmed children and recorded the license plate number on Brady’s truck. After the police ran his plates, the officer who saw the incident later tracked down the 31 year old exhibitionist at his home near Summit Boulevard.
Ironically, Hardy just happens to be a corrections officer at the state prison in nearby Santa Rosa County. The guard will soon become the guarded.
The future prisoner is out on bail right now and is getting paid by the state to sit at home until he is brought to justice and fired from his job.
Hey buddy, enjoy the freedom while it lasts because you’ll soon spend your days staring at the pale walls of your jail cell. Maybe you can get your cellie to stare at your junk.
The 2nd district’s representative will be at Finnegan’s Wake this Monday, Kooter Brown’s West on Tuesday and Sidelines on Friday. The discussions will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on all three days.
Get out there and let Murzin know how you feel so that your voice is heard in Tallahassee. Even if you don’t have anything to gripe about, go to the lunches to meet Murzin. You should know your elected officials.
The PNJ explains the Holy Spirit’s symbolic return in a story in today’s paper about the dedication of the church on La Rua and Rues.
“The rededication service Saturday morning symbolized the Holy Spirit's return to the building and the consecration of the building as the house of the Lord.”
When Ivan blew through the area, the church’s roof and floors were heavily damaged with much of the church sustaining water damage which led to a mold infestation.
The $800,000 dollar renovation was delayed by quarrels with the church’s insurance company. While Talbot Chapel was being repaired, the church’s parishioners worshipped in an annex on its property.
It’s great that Pensacola’s religious establishments are bouncing back after Ivan.
Police don’t know why the man was stabbed or who did it. They also don't know if he was actually stabbed near the high school.
The victim is being treated at Baptist Hospital. Their staff has not disclosed his condition to the public.
No word on the entrance fee to get into the event. If you want to meet other Obama supporters, you can call 850-944-1884 for more information.
Get involved Pensacola! If you don’t like Obama, find other local events in the area for other presidential candidates.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Investegators say the children broke into the building, found matches and lit some papers on fire. The children let the paper fire get out of control and the building caught on fire. The building is a complete loss after sustaining $150,000 worth of damage.
The fire took place on January 3rd. No firefighters or civilians were injured in the blaze.
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Paul told reporters that on Wednesday night, he did not go out to dinner with colleagues from the conference because he was tired and wanted to go back to his room and sleep.
But when Paul got back to his room, he couldn't sleep and drove to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa to play nickel slots. Who does that?
I usually just drink some water or watch some TV.
And if he was too tired to go out with colleagues, why did he later go to the casino? It sounds like he was blowing off the people that were going out.
So when Paul couldn't sleep, he drove twenty-six miles to the casino, played the slots and drank two glasses of wine. Yes – because when you’re restless and want to sleep, playing slots in a noisy casino is the perfect sleep remedy.
Paul said he arrived at the casino around 10:30 p.m. and was arrested at 3:30 a.m. This means he had two glasses of wine in five hours. How can you have a blood alcohol level of 0.12 when you’ve had two glasses of wine in five hours? That doesn’t seem right; it flies in the face of what medical knowledge tells us about alcohol’s effects on the body.
The PNJ talked to a drug and alcohol counselor about the Paul incident and they said a person that drinks that amount in five hours “should have a blood a blood alcohol level of approximately zero.”
I don’t think Paul has a drinking problem, but I don’t think he’s telling the truth about how much he drank at the casino.
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Friday, January 11, 2008
The CMPA is the association that is guiding the development of the land on which the Pensacola Pelicans are going to hopefully have a stadium to play baseball.
Last April, King was busted for having a bag of cocaine in his pocket when the car he was traveling in, was pulled over. On Monday, King is expected to plead guilty to the charges of possessing cocaine.
After today’s meeting, King said he was “a little surprised” when Collier talked about the potential vote to oust him.
It would take a two-thirds majority of the board to kick King off of it.
I hope the reverend is not trying to play the race card. Responding to the call to oust him, King said he hopes it “wasn’t because I made a strong case for the funding of the Contractor’s Academy.”
The Contractor’s Academy is a committee in the CMPA that was set up to help minorities secure contracting jobs at the maritime park project.
At this point, I think pulling the race card is the only hope that King has to save his spot on the CMPA board.
Paul knows what he did is wrong, but he doesn’t think it means he should leave his job.
The superintendent tries to make it sound like he was “accidentally” driving drunk while he was behind the wheel of his car. He blames his actions on a patron of a casino where he was hanging out, the night he was arrested.
After playing the nickel slots (cheap skate) and consuming a couple glasses of wine, Paul says he was startled by a drunk guy that tapped on his window while he was sleeping in his car which was parked in a garage at the Hard Rock casino in Clearwater, FL.
The PNJ account of the Paul incident infers that the superintendent was frightened and left the parking garage.
On an empty stomach, Paul drove back to his hotel in Tampa and police reports say he became lost and was pulled over by a Pinellas County deputy who stopped him for “speeding and swerving.”
The superintendent should quit blaming the drunken guy; it’s not his fault that Paul drove drunk. OK – so Jim thought he was unsafe in the parking lot, but he should have woken himself, walked into casino and sobered up.
Paul showed poor judgment when he drove while he was still inebriated, but I don’t know if this reflects upon his duties as superintendent. I’m sure many successful people in America can do a good job at work, even if they happened to have been arrested for DUI in their off time.
Should Paul be fired? I don’t know.
I guess we should look at how the private sector employers treat their employees when they get charged with a DUI. We should also look at how other elected officials across the country are treated when it comes to being arrested for drinking at the wheel.
On Wednesday night, Social Security Administration Judge Robert Goosens and teacher James Hurley were charged with misdeameanors after they were arrested by police in an undercover prostitution sting in Brownsville. Both men are free on bail, but it's still unclear as to whether they will be able to return to their jobs.
Hurley was not allowed to lead his class when he returned to work on Thursday. Judge Goosens future employment with the Social Security Administration is unknown.
Haven't Johns learned that Craigslist is the place to go when you have to pay for sex?
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The Associated Press has published a story about his arrest.
Today, Paul will release a statement about his arrest. Is he going to announce his resignation?
FEMA is spending twenty-million dollars to install hurricane shutters, wind-resistant doors and hurricane straps on the roofs of 3000 homes.
The piece concludes that the spending will save the federal government money in the long run by preventing extensive hurricane damage that would be sustantially more expensive than the twenty-million dollars spent on the preventative measures.
This is a great point.
Friday, Paul will release his first statement to the media since being arrested for DUI on Wednesday night after attending an education conference near Tampa.
The Escambia County School District Superintendent will respond to charges by the Clearwater police that he was speeding with a blood alcohol level of 0.12 when he was pulled over.
I don't think the next few day are going to be good for Paul.
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