Congress’ New Budget for NASA Is Huge — And Secretly Contains Hated Spying Bill CISA


The bill about to pass through Congress is one small step for NASA, and one giant leap for the surveillance state.

In the newest version of the “omnibus” spending bill, the yearly legislation that passes enormous federal budget guidelines, NASA has been allocated $19.3 billion, a whole $1.27 billion more than the Obama administration asked for. This will allow NASA to fund its missions, ferry people between Earth and the International Space Station, and continue to sever its dependence on Russian funds by shoring up its commercial crew program.

For people who love science and technology, it would be a resounding victory, but Congress is determined to break their hearts and poison their punchbowl. Congress slipped in CISA, a privacy bill that’s been fought and rejected by advocates and legislators for years, into that same budget bill.

“CISA’s not preventing attacks, it’s allowing the government as an excuse to collect more data.”

CISA is meant to be a cybersecurity bill, allowing companies like Facebook, Verizon and Google to work with the government’s security agencies to mitigate damage after a breach. But because the bill offers vast immunities to these companies for handing over user data, the bill is largely seen as not a security bill, but a surveillance bill.

“CISA’s not preventing attacks, it’s allowing the government an excuse to collect more data,” Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, told Mic back when CISA passed through the senate.



Source: Fight For the Future

This version of CISA is even worse for privacy. The CISA that made it into the omnibus bill is even more explicitly surveillance-focused and pervasive than previous versions. They’ve stripped away the parts of the bill that prevent the NSA from using the information handed over for surveillance purposes, and most alarmingly, they’ve removed the language that says companies have to scrub and anonymize the data handed over to protect their users from government overreach.

But at least one piece of anti-open-internet legislation didn’t make the final omnibus. Initially, there were plans to include anti-net neutrality riders that would handicap the FCC’s ability to regulate internet providers, but those riders aren’t included in the omnibus, which is expected to come up for a vote on Friday.

Somehow, the victory for NASA doesn’t seem so sweet.

Corporate States of American

Preparing for next election, the Parties in bed with the Corporate Monolith

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oval Office
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Oval Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When President Eisenhower gave his farewell address in 1960 he warned the citizenry and future Presidents about the military-industrial complex and their influence. This group has been controlling everything since the end of his term, he saw and knew what they did, and his warnings were not heeded by JFK, who they murdered, and the following Presidents gave them free reign. The military-industrial complex is the ultimate privatization of our government at it’s worst. It has led others to seek to privatize the rest of the government, there can be nothing less dangerous and foreboding to our way of life. What should have been making news here in Citrus County, as well as the Nation is only now occurring, ten years after the fact, and it’s only a secondary topic, because of one brave teacher in the Citrus County School system who actually knows what a Democracy is all about. And it’s not about spreading the propaganda line of the government, that’s what the national, corporate controlled, media, does every day, a government whose fourth branch, a non-elected, hidden, non-representative, branch of government which answers to no one, except it’s Corporate Wall Street bankers, the same bankers the people bailed out after they wheeled and deal with our lives and monies causing the depression that we are trying to survive. There are countless professional groups, including association of Engineers, Airline Pilots, Architects, Senior Military people, Intelligence Officers, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials who question the 9/11 Commission Report, Respected Medical Professionals Launch New 9/11 Truth Group, just recently, and the list is nearly endless. Canadian television has shown documentaries that reveal the lies and deception, these programs have not been able to get licensing here in the states to air. It is imperative that we push forward the Agenda of Accountability to the Obama Administration for the high treasonable crimes committed by the Bush Administration and all the traitors in Congress who went along for the ride. They left us a world that is filled with hatred toward the United States and its people, while corporate America raped and pillage our natural resources for the bottom line. Is Obama part of this cabal? The jury is still out on that, yet, by his adherence to many of the same doctrines of Bush’s Regime it’s not looking good. If you call yourself an American, whatever your political leanings you would not hesitate to investigate for yourself the atrocities of these people. Their false flag operation of 911 and the aftermath has left us and the world far worse off than ever before, it is time to call for action, do not let Obama neglect his duty as the commander and chief of our Nation. He must direct, at once, Eric Holder, the Attorney General to reopen the investigation of 911 and all the misdeeds that led up to it. The truth is unpleasant and not easy to accept, but it doesn’t change the fact of its veracity. Our sons and daughters should have never been sent to war for the benefit of the military-industrial complex and all the people who profit from such enterprises. TO all the brave men and women who marched off to defend this country and the world from the Japanese aggression and Hitler’s Germany during the Second World War, I thank you, even though others now seem to lessen your sacrifices by abandoning the principles for which you fought, it is a disgrace to their memories that we allowed ourselves to be manipulated and overrun by the corporate monolith that is America today. This blatant disregard for life and focus on obtaining the wealth of the world for its own financial gain, letting nothing stand in its way, whether common sense or the truth. The structure that was created out of necessity to win the war, the military-industrial complex, turned its ugly head around and forgot why it was created in the first place, to preserve Democracy and our way of life in the United States. To all the brave men and women today who serve, I thank you, and realize you are putting your lives and bodies on the line to preserve the idea that was America and the promise that it once held. It doesn’t make your scarifies any less than those who served before because your serving with the belief that you are still protecting the same United States of America, as your forebears did, it is not your fault that others have manipulated events for their own personal interests and have dramatically change the fabric of our Nation. There are those in our government who believe that the sacrificing of lives, say 3000, or so, as in the World Trade Center, is for the greater good, or that’s at least, what they would tell you if they were ever to be held accountable. Of course, their greater good, doesn’t necessarily translate into yours and that has been the thinking of despots since the beginning. These people hold the belief that your faith in the government will always protect them from you learning the truth, that how could it possibly be that your government would harm its own people? Yet, the news is filled with family members killing family members, is the government immune to this type of behavior? After all, we blame the government for just about every other possible deficiency, why is it so hard to admit to its greatest betrayal of all? There has been a desensitization of the population for decades through the mass media portrayals of war games, violent video games, and the lack of battlefront real news reporting. Today war is homogenized; the real effects are only dealt with in mundane, analytical statistics resulting in the human element being removed from the equation , when that happens it removes the need to avoid war at all costs. When there was still an iota of real news, as during the Viet Nam War, Americans got to see the body report every night, along with the body bags, and they understood, felt the effects of war, after all, over fifty thousand Americans died, and for what? The world did not come to an end when we pulled out of Viet Nam, in fact, you can go there now for vacation. And like France, which fought in Viet Nam, we had to pull out, it being the first war that the United States ever lost! But wait, war is not a game of winning or losing, although it may seem that way, it is about freedom! And did we lose any by escaping the torture of Viet Nam, of course not, the answer is NO; however, have we lost any freedom from the false flag operation of 911? The overwhelming answer is YES! But it’s not freedom lost by defeat on the battlefield, its freedom lost by those who manipulated the events. The Patriot Act effectively destroyed the Bill of Rights and their insistence on keeping it in effect is testimony to their fear that you might one day discover the truth. Thinking your free and being free are not the same thing and as long as you never cross paths with any governmental agency or law enforcement you may never come to realize that, but when, and if every, you do, rest assured, it will be too late. Now we are off invading Libya, yes it is a no fly zone, remember Iraq and the no fly zone there? Does this make your spine tingle with excitement? Can you hardly wait until our forces go marching in, with their American flags sewn on their sleeves backward so that it looks like it’s blowing in the wind, how proud? Wake up, you’ve been conditioned, it’s called behavioral conditioning, it’s like Pavlov’s dog hearing the bell ring and salivating at the mouth. There are no invasion forces in the United States, how do you think we would respond to foreign invaders across the land? The military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned everybody about is here, has been since the end of the second world war, it murdered a President, to go into Viet Nam and has been controlling things every since, it brought down the towers and going into Iraq was just an added benefit, the towers were destroyed to hide the fact that numerous investigations were coming to a conclusion regarding a slush fund containing hundreds of billions of dollars that was used for covert operations since the end of the second world war. The financial firms that were destroyed in the towers held the evidence, along with the super vault in the basement of one tower, which had to be completely obliterated. On Sept 10, 2001, Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon could not account for 2.3 Trillion dollars, the next day the ACCOUNTING Dept. is the only dept. destroyed in the pentagon! Don’t think that this wasn’t planned a long time in advance; it was in the works for at least two to three years. This was and is privatization at its ugliest and what will result is the Corporate States of America. They have put their people into the Supreme Court and have ruled that Corporations have the same status as you and I. Now they are eliminating corporate taxes, Ric Scott here in Florida, doesn’t want Corporations to pay any taxes! Who do you think will be paying for everything, it’s a war on the Middle Class, that if it’s not stop, will destroy the Middle Class, it is nearly there, and if you don’t realize it, just let things keep going this way, and one day you’ll awaken and wonder what happened, remember you put the Fox in charge of the henhouse? Start connecting the dots and opening your eyes, it’s your money, but more importantly, it’s your sons and daughters lives and our freedom!

The realm of reality goes way beyond the public consciousness which is controlled by the worldwide corporate monolith and those individuals who can see beyond this manipulation are the last vestige of hope for an enslaved world. UFO cover-ups are just one symptom of the cancer that manipulates the human mind reference Pavlov’s classical behavioral conditioning and our “Skinner Box”, the electronic media.

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The Reasons We’re All Here

Bernie Sanders summed it all up, succinctly and to the point, "This Country does in fact have a serious deficit problem. But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars—upaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street.

Bernie Sanders summed it all up, succinctly and to the point, “This Country does in fact have a serious deficit problem. But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars—upaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street.

And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children and the poor. That’s wrong." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senate Budget Committee, 11-18-2011.

"Nuff said." Ed.

Renee Is For The People!

Renee Christopher McPheeters-The People's candidate, you can vote today, Aug. 9, 2012 through Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 and the polls will be opened on Tuesday Aug 14, 2012   EYEONCITRUS.COM

Even though I appreciate the many times the Citrus County Chronicle has published my letters, and the political coverage they have provided me, including the Chronicle Forum, I was still not expecting the Chronicle’s endorsement.  And of course, I was not disappointed when they did not endorse me.

However, they failed to mention that in 2008, I received 46.09% of the votes from the Citizens’ of Citrus County.  Many have told me in no uncertain terms that they shall be voting for me again.  To them I say thank you for your vote of confidence.

The Chronicle Editorial Board referred to me as a "political activist" but they failed to explain why they have done so.  I want the readers to know that I am the only candidate running in District 1 that publicly opposed the Ottawa and Meadowcrest multi-million dollar BOCC giveaways while one of my opponents pushed and voted for it.  No other candidate stepped up to the plate as I did to fight for the citizens in our community.

I also publicly opposed the unconstitutional Crystal River ordinance that restricts the Flying of U.S. Flags which reached the national media including FOX News.  This was supported by  my other opponent who is a member of the Crystal River Council that voted for this flag ordinance.

I have also stood firm and spoken successfully before local governmental entities to protect children from pornography and for a 9/11/01 Memorial, the Public Service Commission and the BOCC -  specifically against Progress Energy rate hikes and for a Resolution stating just that.

My political activities are not new, nor where they undertaken because I was part of a political circle.   I participated because there was a need to push back against unwarranted government dictates.  And, I have no intention on remaining silent in support of the status quo if elected either.  Governments are instituted to protect your rights, and I promise to do that.

The Chronicle also failed to mention my political platform regarding being on  BOCC Agendas for a Conservation Land Acquisition Fund, an Ethics Commission, and for providing a Senior Homestead Exemption for seniors whose property values and earnings are below the average.  Additionally, they did not mention either that I have been against the Interlocal Centralized Sewer Agreement that both of my opponents voted for.  Regardless, of how it is presented, the project will negatively affect many seniors to the extent that many could lose their homes.

My work in the community includes the First Official 9/11/01 Memorial in Citrus County with a part from the World Trade Center and laser art of the three tragic scenes – now on display in the Citrus County School System for the education of all of the youth of our county. Also, out of concern for Children of Citrus County and outside of Citrus, I have obtained Nine Original Proclamations Against Child Pornography from two Counties, Marion and Citrus and Seven Cities.

I would also like to remind the women voters of our county that Citrus County is comprised of approximately 54% women, but we do not have comparable representation in our government.   We need to break up the "little boys club" and balance the equation.

Lastly, I want to reiterate again that contrary to what the Chronicle said, and in addition to the aforementioned information for which I have been labeled a "political activist," I do have a very serious platform. I consider myself to be a concerned citizen  motivated from the heart – because I care about the Citizens of Citrus County.  I am against unnecessary spending, borrowing and tax increases which seems to be the new norm in our county government.  We need to lower our debt, stick to a reasonable budget, and tighten our belts the same way the taxpayers of our community have been forced to do during these difficult economic times. I am for BOCC funding of the Small Business Development Center, contrary to the incumbent – who prefers hiring a lobbyist for Port Citrus instead. I support existing businesses and will work to attract others to our community to provide more jobs.

Government must set an example and not bury their heads in the sand while kicking the can down the road for others to address.  That is not proper government representation.

If you agree and believe that we must put our financial house in order, and that the people must have a voice – then I ask for your vote.  I do solemnly promise you that I will take my oath of office seriously, and to do my very best to represent all the Citizens of our County and not just a chosen few.  I think it is also important to mention that I have recently won the tea party straw poll.

My door will always remain open to all because I will never forget who elected me and who I represent. 

I respectfully request your vote.

Renee Christopher-McPheeters

Candidate For Citrus County Commissioner, District 1

For The People

Endorsement please call your friends and neighbors and urge them to vote for Renee!

Out with the old, in with the NEW, VOTE RENEE CHRISTOPHER MCPHEETERS

Jesse Ventura’s Democrips and reBloodlicans


Jesse Ventura’s newest book available here at Jesse talks about how the parties are one and the same and their similarity to pro wrestlers, where they pretend to be at each other’s throats while entertaining, but behind the curtains, they are all on the same page, own and operated by the Corporate Monolith.

Jesse Ventura’s Democrips and reBloodlicans


Letter to Editor-CUTS

Editor’s Note: It is apparent from the news around the Nation that there is a great deal of greed and a blatant disregard for those who are in need, the elitists have a strangle hold on this Nation and their only concern is the bottom line. It should be noted that their wealth was not built in a vacuum, government services protected them from invading armies, unfair business practices, and created the necessary infrastructure so their enterprise would thrive and do not forget the major bail-out from the government for those who squandered their assets away, yet their hostility toward programs that have protected people over many years, in the same manner as they have been protected, are now scorned upon by them with their intent being the dismantling of such programs. They have an unfair advantage in that they have unlimited financial support from their Corporate structure to wage a one-sided campaign against these programs, while the least amongst us are at their mercy, of which, there is none.

Stand with Democratic Govs. Tell the Super Committee: Don't Touch Medicaid & Medicare. Add your name.

Cut $500 billion from Medicare. Cut $185 billion from Medicaid. Cut $100 billion from other health programs. And – even though it makes no sense – give the super-rich $670 billion in tax cuts.

That’s how congressional Republicans want the "super committee" to reach the $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts required by the debt ceiling deal last summer. The only shared sacrifice they seem to believe in is sacrifice by seniors and the poor.

It’s absolutely disgusting.

The super committee’s deadline is only eight days away. They need to know that Americans will not accept deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. We’re telling the super committee NO on deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare – and we need you to stand with us.

Click here to tell the super committee to reject deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. The deadline is eight days away and YOUR voice must be heard!

I’m against it, you’re against it, and the latest polls show that more than 80% of Americans are against it. But these Tea Party Republicans aren’t going to listen unless they start hearing from us loud and clear.

GOP governors even wrote to the super committee, urging them to cut Medicaid for our most vulnerable citizens. It’s outrageous.

If states have to take on more of the burden for Medicaid, that means deeper cuts in education and other services people rely on.

And let me repeat – they want to make the cuts while giving another handout to billionaires.

That’s why we need you to send a message to the Republicans on the super committee immediately.

Don’t let them get away with it. Click here to tell the super committee to reject deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. Hurry – the deadline is just eight days away!

Thank you,

Mark Giangreco
Democratic Governors Association

Gov. Scott’s heartless move

Gov. Scott’s budget proposals have been nothing short of devastating, including massive cuts to public schools, health care, and environmental protection. But Scott’s most heartless budget cut came last week. He ordered an immediate 15% cut to care for Floridians with disabilities…on the same day he posed for photos at a Special Olympics event. 1
Send a message to your legislators right now – restore lost funding to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) in the next budget.disabled-callout.jpg

This is an emergency. Since 2003, legislators have cut and capped various portions of funding for the disabled despite a rising number of Floridians needing care. Today, an unprecedented 19,000-disabled Floridians are on a waiting list and can’t get access to the care they need. The situation has become so dire that aclass action lawsuit was recently filed against Gov. Scott.2
The result of consistent budget cuts and greater need for care has caused APD to run a deficit. Instead of working to shore up funding for some of Florida’s most needy, Gov. Scott chose to simply slash their budget by an amount care providers have said “may break our backs.”3
This isn’t leadership – it’s a gutless retreat from responsibility.
Florida’s disabled deserve better than this. Write your legislators and urge them to restore lost funding to health care for disabled Floridians.

The debate in Tallahassee over how best to balance our budget has wrongly centered on numbers, statistics, and the size of government, instead of the people government is supposed to serve. For many legislators, their goal has become providing corporate campaign contributors with yet another tax giveaway, instead of providing adequate care to Floridians with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, andautism.
Tell your legislators to get their priorities straight and demand they restore funding for health care to disabled Floridians.

We have an obligation to speak for those who often can’t speak for themselves. Thanks for all you’re doing to provide a voice for Floridians who need it the most.
For progress,
Mark, Ray, and the rest of the Progress Florida team


Posted by Ted McLaughlin

Over at they have printed a list of the defining characteristics of a fascist state.   The list was compiled by Dr. Lawrence Britt, who studied the fascist states of Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini‘s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Suharto‘s Indonesia and several Latin American fascist regimes.   He found that all of them had the same 14 characteristics, which are listed below.

Every freedom-loving American should read and study this list carefully because we are currently treading the same path.   Frankly, this list scares the hell out of me and it should scare you.   There is still time to head off our march toward a true fascist state, but not a lot of time.   We must choose now and act, and that action must not to be to further limit the freedom of any American — even those we disagree with.   Freedom does not reside in eliminating our differences, but in celebrating them.

Each time we demonize our opponents or engage in intolerant actions we lose some freedom and grow closer to fascism.   There are those who believe we must give up some of our differences and some of our freedoms to live in safety.   They are wrong.   That is the path to totalitarianism and a fascist state — which as has been said will come wrapped in the flag and preaching patriotism.   Here are the 14 characteristics of fascism:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


Guide for Voters on the Six Amendments

Click here for Citrus County Sample ballot, (all precincts except 105, 409, 410)

Amendment 1: Repeal of public financing requirement

–What it would do: End the constitutional requirement of public financing for political campaigns. The Legislature created public financing for statewide campaigns in 1987, arguing it was becoming too expensive to run for public office. In 1988, voters added the requirement to the state Constitution. This year, the Legislature voted to place the proposed amendment on the ballot to remove the public financing system.

–Proponents say: Public financing for candidates is akin to “welfare for politicians.”

–Opponents say: Removing public financing increases the impact of special-interest money in politics.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION:  VOTE NO Politics are controlled by big money, the only chance an independent can hope to have in running against such a backdrop of  Big Money is for this to remain in effect.  In fact, all private funding of elections should be outlawed. The politicians who receive these monies hold no allegiance to the people, who they are suppose to represent. If there were equally funded candidates (which could be accomplished with only public funding) the issues would be the deciding factor in a election, rather than who can bombard the citizenry with untold advertisements, which dull the mind and blur the issues.

Amendment 2: Tax break for deployed military personnel

–What it would do: Provides a property tax reduction to every Floridian serving in the military outside the United States. The amount of the tax break would depend on the number of days the resident serves overseas. The amendment would affect about 25,525 military personnel who call Florida their home.

–Proponents say: The proposed amendment received unanimous support in 2009 from both the House and Senate.

–Opponents say: There is no organized opposition.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES It goes without saying, our military it too often abandoned after they have served our country. It has happen countless of times.

Amendment 4: Control over changes to growth plans

–What it would do: Would require voter approval of changes to comprehensive growth-management plans. An organization called “Hometown Democracy” gathered petition signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Right now county commissions and city councils approve comprehensive plan amendments, which then are reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs for consistency to the state’s growth management law. The amendment would require final approval by voters before the plans are changed.

–Proponents say: Elected officials are too eager to change growth-management plans to accommodate growth at the expense of local taxpayers and the environment. They ignore the wishes of voters, whose only recourse is to remove elected officials at the polls.

–Opponents say: Requiring voter approval of comprehensive plan changes would cripple the economy and lead to massive job loss. Developers would not want to risk the expense of proposing comprehensive plan changes to see them approved by a county commission and rejected by voters. Comprehensive plan changes in and of themselves are complex documents that require extensive study by county and city officials, something that voters likely would not bother with before voting against plan changes.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES Putting the power into the People’s hands is always the wise decision.

Amendments 5 & 6: Changes in redistricting process

–What it would do: Prohibit the drawing of state legislative or congressional boundary lines in order to favor or disfavor any incumbent or political party. The districts would have to be compact and utilize existing geographical boundaries. The rules would protect minority representation rights. Amendment 5 is state legislative redistricting and Amendment 6 is congressional redistricting.

–Proponents say: Establish easily understood, nonpartisan guidelines in drawing legislative boundaries.

–Opponents say: Impossible to draw lines solely along geographical boundaries and prevent legislators from creating minority-balanced districts.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES This would prevent the politicians from manipulating the district lines in order to gain an unfair advantage in their elections. This occurred on the redistricting of Karen Thurman‘s district (several years ago) resulting in a exceptional office holder losing her reelection bid due to the redrawing of her district lines!

Amendment 8: Relaxation of class-size requirements

–What it would do: Changes the calculation for class-size maximums from per-class to schoolwide averages. Voters in 2002 passed the class-size amendment that set the maximum number of students per classroom in public schools across the state. The amendment would allow districts to set class-size numbers based on the average students per school rather than class-specific.

–Proponents say: The 2002 amendment is costing millions of dollars to implement; it is rigid and unmanageable. The amendment would still reduce class sizes while giving flexibility to school districts.

–Opponents say: Amendment waters down the 2002 version, where voters wanted to limit specific class sizes. Students and teachers benefit from small class sizes.

EYEONCITRUS POSITION: VOTE YES It would help reduce costs and still maintain smaller class sizes based upon individual schools and their capabilities.

Monster Car Show Brooksville FL Oct 2, 2010 – CNN iReport

Hernando County Marker
Image by POsrUs via Flickr

One of our Contributors went to the Monster Car Show in Hernando County this past weekend and here’s his story:

The Monster Auto Show (Brooksville, Fl. Fair Grounds Oct. 2, 2010)This past Saturday was a great day of fun in the sun on a very beautiful autumn day in B-ville. An awesome day featuring the SPEED Channels Two Guys Garage, tons of cool cars & trucks, rocking bands and a killer event ending fireworks display. Hope you got to go, but if you didn’t here is some pictures of what you missed.

B.K. Bear