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NFL Player Benjamin Watson’s Ferguson Facebook Post Has Gone Viral

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Mick Dolan:

Here’s football player who gets it—we need more of this!!

Originally posted on Rat Nation:

The last couple weeks have been a difficult one for the nation. It is deeply divided over the state of race relations and whether the decision to not indict Officer Wilson in the death of Michael Brown was the correct one. Nationwide protests continued for days as the citizens of Ferguson MO attempted to put their lives back together after a horrific night of violence rocked their town.

There has been a lot of angry words and illogical screeds posted about the situation by all sides of this controversy. New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the subject as well. They have since gone viral and please share with me in the comment section below what you think of what he had to say.

“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about…

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The Fox Is Guarding The Henhouse

The Fox Is Guarding The Henhouse.

The Fox Is Guarding The Henhouse

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In case you missed it (and you probably did), the U.S. Dept of Agriculture has a new rule regarding how poultry plants can operate and its 400 pages long. 

But don’t worry, my friends at HSI Online will be more than happy to explain why you should be very afraid:

The rule from the USDA that went into effect at the end of October marks the biggest change in how our government intends to keep us “safe” where poultry is concerned in half a century.

It will allow poultry plants to shave down the number of federal USDA inspectors to just one. Any other inspection will be done “in house,” by company employees.

And that one lone government inspector better be superhuman, because those birds will be whizzing by for inspection at the rate of 140 a minute.

That’s almost 3 chickens a second!

To make matters even worse, that single inspector won’t even be seeing those “flying” chickens until they’ve been totally “prepped” with their giblets removed and ready to send to your supermarket.

chicken_farmThere are only two groups that will come out ahead here.

The United States Department of Agriculture and the poultry industry.

The USDA will save over 90 million bucks in the next few years by not having to pay all those federal inspectors. And chicken processors — why they will get everything they always dreamed of.

But as for us consumers, we can look forward to chicken that may contain hidden manure, pus, chemicals, and even more bacteria than it does already.

And it’s all because of what’s called a “modernization” rule just made final by the USDA. But “modern” isn’t really the critical point here.

It was way back in 1906 when Congress passed the first meat inspection law. Before that, poultry processors were allowed to run things exactly as they wanted to. And they did.

And now they will again.

Before, a UDSA inspector was required to be on the line and not just to look at every single chicken, but to look inside it and check for any issues there, too.

With 140 chickens a minute flashing before their eyes, you can bet that won’t be going on.

chickeninspSince federal meat inspectors have the authority to stop that production line if they see a problem, I’m sure the poultry industry is delighted with this rule. Because any time a line stops, it hits their bottom line big time.

So things like pulling out diseased and dirty chickens before they get to the supermarket will now be in the hands of company employees.

Imagine what that means could be landing on our dinner plates!

Now, in case you’re wondering what became of that 1906 inspection law…

Well, so are all those federal inspectors…and their union.


At the end of October, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed a lawsuit against the USDA.

AFGE president, J. David Cox Sr. said that this new rule “flies in the face of reality and will allow potentially contaminated and diseased poultry to be sold to American consumers.”

“It’s ridiculous, dangerous and against the law, and it must be stopped,” he added.

When this rule was proposed two years ago, hundreds of thousands of people wrote to the USDA asking that the agency withdraw it. But that didn’t change anyone’s mind there one bit.

I guess the USDA already knew what the mission was.

And since this rule is “final,” there is only one thing left for us to do. Because it looks like it’s going to take an act of Congress to undo what the USDA has put into action.

So we need to contact members of Congress now, and to let them know that we’ve had it with the USDA “playing chicken with our health.”


We can’t allow poultry plants to cut the number of federal USDA inspectors to just one. The function of government is to serve and protect the people. Allowing big companies to police themselves without government oversight is never a good thing.  Now is the time to contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to take action to protect us. To find out how to reach your representatives in Washington, click on the link below:


#chicken, #health, #meatinspectors, #USDA, #WeNeedMoreMeatInspectors

The Fat Lady Hasn’t Sang Yet But She’s Stepping Up To The Mic

Tinker Field

There are so many things to love about living here in paradise but unfortunately history is not on that list much. Historic Tinker field, a minor baseball park that dates back 100 years has welcomed some of baseball’s greats (and not so greats) as well as famous celebrities and leaders over the years. It was even the scene of Martin Luther King’s only Orlando appearance. But in recent years the park has fallen into disrepair and is rarely used, mostly for its field space. Now the city is ready to tear it down to make way for parking for the newly renovated Citrus Bowl stadium right next door. This is being done in spite of an ongoing public outcry.
Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
Please check out his recent post below and follow his blog, I Like Mike at:

Orlando’s Mike Cantone has stepped up for the cause. Mike is an advocate, a leader and a blogger whose passion for politics stems from a yearning to create a better community. Mike wants to empower and inspire his community and those around him.
Please check out his recent post below and follow his blog, I Like Mike at:

TINKERFIELDBuddy Dyer Says City Will Demolish Historic Tinker Field

Tinker Demolition Moves ForwardHistoric Tinker Field is still in big trouble.

Earlier tonight, WFTV Channel 9 News aired an interview where Mayor Dyer admitted the Tinker Field demolition will move forward as planned. Dyer said the demolition was just delayed, not prevented.

Tinker Field has been a part of Orlando history for 100 years – and this was year was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech from the pitcher’s mound at Tinker Field. In August, Tinker Field survived an attempt by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Community Venues to destroy and redevelop the site when the City Council deferred action.

“At some point, we’ll do something to honor the history and heritage there,” Dyer told WFTV this evening. “I don’t think we are going to save that structure though. It’s of no use and would cost millions and millions of dollars to do anything with.”

Dyer’s claims of a possible $10 million price tag are not only disingenuous, they are clearly being fabricated. Several other cities are investing in preservation and renovation of local baseball fields while launching Urban Youth programs and other community efforts – all for much less money than Dyer is talking for grandstand repairs. There are also factors that show Dyer’s plan to “move” Tinker Field across the street is problematic. Not to mention, Dyer has already spent more than a billion dollars on other Community Venues in recent years through the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Orlando and Orange County.

None of this has to happen. Former Orlando Monarchs General Manager Mark Popkin testified to the Orange County Commission that baseball still had a future at Tinker Field despite the recent Citrus Bowl construction. County Commissioner Pete Clarke has been the most vocal in previously supporting action to save Tinker Field. At the beginning of the year, Commissioner Clarke urged a County role in preserving the historic field.

Many residents have spoken out on the issue to both the Orange County Commission as well as the Orlando City Council.  But Mayor Dyer and City Commissioner Robert Stuart want a VIP parking lot for the new Citrus Bowl, and that means historic Tinker Field has to go.

The history and culture of Tinker Field is worth preserving. So will anyone stop Buddy Dyer’s wrecking ball?

The Haircut

The Haircut.

The Haircut

Another little gem from my buddy, Hector!
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.  After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cant accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’  The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there
was a
thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from
you , I’m
doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and
left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a
you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to
pay his
bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you.
I’m doing community service this week.’

The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were
a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference
between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.




Gotta Watch Em Like A Hawk!

cheap_gas1.jpgIt took awhile but we are finally catching a break on gas prices.

So I heard about this gas station here in paradise that had regular for $2.95.  I know gas is going down but that’s a damn good price for Central Florida!  Being curious and cheap I dropped by to check it out this past Thursday after work. I figured there had to be a catch since no other nearby stations had anything cheaper than $3.09 a gallon.  Maybe it was cash price only but there had to be a catch.

I pulled up to the pump and it was cash/credit same price so I used a credit card, pushed what I thought was the regular button and filled it up.  But when I looked at the total it was obviously much more than $2.95.  I always get a receipt so I took it into the cashier and he checked his machine and laughed and told me I had selected premium at $3.58!!  Sure enough my receipt confirmed premium but folks, that is not the kind of mistake I would ever make!  I know what button I pushed and though I couldn’t prove it, I smelled a skunk.

So I went back the following day after work loaded for bear.  This time I would take a video of the transaction.

But guess what? Their price had jumped back to $3.09!!

Probably just a coincidence but what do you think?!


#CheapGas #ISmellASkunk


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