I’ve actually joked in past about if someone gets hit by a bus, the authorities will count him as a Covid-19 death. I guess it’s not a joke.
And hey – if you can’t believe State bureaucrats, who can you believe?
from the Blaze:
Florida man in his 20s listed among COVID-19 fatalities — but health officer says he died in motorcycle crash
While Florida listed a man in his 20s as among the state’s COVID-19 fatalities, a county health officer told WOFL-TV that the man died in a motorcycle crash.
The station was looking into records that showed two individuals in their 20s as coronavirus fatalities and asked Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino if either person had any underlying conditions. read more
Ain’t this is a funny old world. I discussed this very topic in my most recent video podcast. You may view it here.
from Conservative Review:
It turns out that keeping waves of illegal immigrants out of our communities is a bipartisan goal
In retrospect, Donald Trump locked up the Republican presidential nomination the day he announced his candidacy. In words that will forever be etched in the minds of voters who were captivated by his boldness, Trump came down the escalator at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, and announced, “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.” He spoke directly to the unspoken concern of millions of Americans when he declared, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” read more
Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach, Florida, was forced to resign by Sunshine State Governor Rick Scott on Friday after her Thursday arrest on three felony charges: campaign finance violations, official misconduct and money laundering. At least four Florida news outlets have run reports failing to tag Cooper, who is accused of accepted illegal campaign finance checks from Russians, as a Democrat. read more
A Florida man was traveling South with his family on the way home from a wedding in New Jersey when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MTAP) began tailing his Ford Expedition. After about 10 minutes, the police pulled him over and told him they knew he owned a gun. They demanded he produce it for them on the spot — even though the firearm was locked away in a safe 1,000 miles away.
John Filippidis of Hudson, Fla., told The Tampa Tribune he wasn’t speeding or doing anything illegal when the cops took an interest in his car. In fact, he’d intentionally left his Kel-Tec .38 pistol locked up at home precisely because he understood the potential legal headaches that can arise when traveling through multiple State jurisdictions with a firearm. read more
The gift of a gun may be high on many Floridians’ holiday shopping lists.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season.
We have definitely seen an increase in the number of background checks over the past several years,” FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews said Monday.
“You can see November and December are relatively larger” for sales. read more
Stunning photographs capture the creation of Walt’s cartoon Kingdom in Florida
It’s the sort of fantasy world that children’s dreams are made of.
But as these wonderful pictures show just how Disney world was built, the dream is definitely a reality.
These archive photographs show the incredible amount of work that went into building Walt Disney’s sprawling Florida playground.
Today’s Kingdom counts four major Disney theme parks, two water parks, six golf courses and a shopping and dining complex.
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The Magic Kingdom is pictured slowly starting to take shape – with the famous castle and its turrets clearly seen as the avenues are built around it
Some 9,000 workers were involved in the two-year construction effort. They produced an entertainment paradise around lakes, forests and meadows
Walt Disney wanted a much larger area than Disneyland’s 450 acres to develop a total resort – and in 1964 the team purchased nearly 28,000 acres from more than 100 property owners
In 1967 a flurry of work began, including the development of a 45-mile network of water-control channels
And it all began with the Disney founder’s dream in the early 1960s to provide a kingdom for those is east of the United States to come and be entertained.
By 1963 the Disney planning team had chosen Florida because of its clement weather conditions, which meant that the park could open all-year-round and the state had already been ranked first in tourism among all states.
Orlando was chosen because of available land and its prime location at the crossroads of major traffic arteries and dynamic growth.
Walt Disney wanted a much larger area than Disneyland’s 450 acres to develop a total resort – and in 1964 the team purchased nearly 28,000 acres from more than 100 property owners – costing nearly $5.5 million. Another 2,000 acres have been added since, according to the brand.
In 1965 Walt publicly announced his ambition to build the unique entertainment and vacation centre and eventually a way of life found nowhere else in the world – this was embodied in his EPCOT centre – Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
Choo choo! Workers created fantasy lands and even built an internal infrastructure that meant visitors could travel round the extensive entertainment complex
Walt Disney envisioned a sprawling entertainment complex, and a community that would change the way people lived
Orlando and its clement weather was picked for the destination so that visitors could visit the magical place throughout the year
More than 700 million visitors have visited the four theme parks and huge Disney complex – and for many children, it’s a dream come true once they visit
Up until his death in December 1966, Walt developed his ideas, directed planning outlined his philosophies for the new complex.
In 1967 a flurry of work began, including the development of a 45-mile network of water-control channels.
Construction for the ambitious project began in April 1969 after an opening date was set for October 1, 1971.
Some 9,000 workers were involved in the two-year construction effort producing an entertainment paradise around lakes, forests and meadows.
During the final 18 months before opening, one million guests visited the Walt Disney World Preview Center where models, drawings and motion pictures explained details of the vast development. Total cost of the project by opening was $400 million.
Clearly the hard work was worth it, as today the four Disney theme parks have welcomed more than 700 million guests.
The Magic Kingdom as it is today: Years of hard toil and a huge vision produced the well-known theme park, which is known the world over
Democrats Get Caught ‘Fixing’ Redistricting Maps in Florida
The proverbial political cat is out of the bag for the Democratic Party, as emails obtained by our friends over at the Washington Free Beacon expose egregious gerrymandering of Florida’s congressional districts between Congresswoman Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee, Democratic consultants, and the Florida Democratic Party during the 2012 redistricting process.
The Shark Tank broke the story that Congressman Allen West was going to be “screwed” during redistricting, because of a deal the Republican controlled Florida Legislature had struck with Democrats. While Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin pounced on the redistricting “fix” that was taking place against Allen West, the GOP establishment moved quickly to cover its own hind, as several high-ranking legislators directly pointed the finger at two legislators as being the responsible parties of the controversy, former Senate President Mike Haridopolos and current Senate President Don Gaetz.(Rush Limbaugh discussed Shark Tank story of Allen West)
The legislators in question told the Shark Tank that Haridopolos personally asked to let the state Senate redistrict West’s congressional district. Again, desperate politicians looking to save their careers will say anything to stay out of hot water, perhaps even lie about Haridopolos’ direct involvement.
Mega-mosquitoes which are the size of quarters are expected to take over areas of Florida ‘in large numbers’ this summer, scientists have warned.
The special breed of the nuisance bug, which can be 20 times bigger than common menacing Asian tiger mosquitoes, are described as ‘notoriously aggressive’.
They were handed the perfect breeding ground by last year’s tropical storms, according to scientists at the University of Florida, so are coming to a town near you.
Scientist says mega mosquitoes also known as gallinippers, left, could be common in central Florida this summer. They can be 20 times bigger than typical Asian tiger mosquitoes
‘Because of the events last year, and the eggs laid, we can expect large numbers of these mosquitoes again,’ Entomologist Phil Kaufman, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, told the Gainsville Sun.
‘It is quite capable of biting through my shirt.
‘We suggest people wear long-sleeve pants and shirts. Just doing that may not be enough for this type of mosquito; you’re going to have use one of the insect repellants to dissuade them from landing.’
‘The bite really hurts, I can attest to that,’ he told science site phys.org.
Psorophora ciliata, or Gallinipper mosquitoes as they are commonly known, have half inch long bodies and the same black-white color pattern of the more common Asian Tiger Mosquito with a wingspan of 6-7 millimeters.
Mega-mosquito bites hurt much more than usual mosquito bites according to the experts, who say the insects can even bite through clothing
Gallinippers tend to be the size of a quarter and could be seen in large numbers in Central Florida this Summer, according to scientists
Because of their size they are often able to withstand common repellants.
The hurricanes of last year brought large numbers of the insects to the Central and South Florida area which laid dormant eggs in the soil near ponds and streams.
Now scientists are predicting heavy rainfall will come again and cause the eggs to hatch – releasing the super-sized bugs in large numbers.
THE ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO
Size: 2 – 10mm but males are much smaller than females
Bite: Only the bigger females feed on blood. Bites are itchy and can be serious in people who suffer a reaction but can also be fairly minor. They can carry serious diseases such as Dengue Fever
Appearance: Black and white shiny striped bodies
Location: In 866 counties in 26 states. Mostly in the Southeast but also Texas.
THE AMERICAN GALLINIPPER
Size: Body alone is half an inch long with a wingspan of 6-7 millimeters
Bite: ‘Persistent biting behavior’ and their bite is much more painful. They can also bite through light material but like other mosquitoes only the females bite
Appearance: Also black and white striped
Location: The east of the U.S. but they are predicted to be highly prevalent in central Florida this summer.
One plus point to the bugs, which are native to the eastern half of North America, is they don’t carry diseases dangerous to humans like some of their smaller counterparts.
Like Asian tiger mosquitoes they are less common in urban areas and tend to be found near floodwater where they hatch.
‘Down near Paynes Prairie, you are more likely to have more numbers than Main Street Gainesville,’ Professor Kaufman added.
It is only females that bite with male Gallinippers feeding on flower nectar.
They also feed on other mosquito larvae and even tadpoles and are most active at dusk and dawn.
‘When you read the historical accounts of the first European settlers in the Southeast and they talked about gigantic mosquitoes, this was one they were talking about,’ Professor Kaufman added