Saturday, March 12, 2005

Weekly Blogwalk

Our own John Gunn has a soul mate at Sticks of Fire where 'Tommy' recounts recent incidents of bizarre road rage in Tampa.

The "specious science" of Chiropracty has been occupying the attention FSUBlius of late. The reason? Some well-heeled lobbyists from the Florida Chiropractors' Association want a "stand-alone chiropractic college" at FSU. Apparently, they've already insinuated several chiropractors onto the university's payroll, so maybe it's time for a compromise. How about making the Chiropractor Department part of an F.S.U. Tarot Card College and Astrology Institute?

Dred has stumbled across The Naked Repairman, a real South Florida business. By the way, for everyone in the Panhandle who's been having trouble finding licensed contractors, you may want to know that he's willing to travel if the price is right.

With the annual state legislative session about to open, a number of Florida blogs are turning their attention toward Tallahasse.

"Why does the Florida legislature hate America?" asks The Gainsville Report.
"Proposals to reduce our ability to get constitutional amendments passed [are] gaining steam. This is simply a power grab by the elected officials beholden to wealthy special interest groups that want to ensure state dollars are spent on their needs, not ours."
Which raises this question, as we see it: Why not allow ballot initiatives by the people to pass new statutes, thus saving the state's Constitution for matters a little more empyrean than pregnant pigs and high speed railroads?

The legislature is considering a two cent tax on toilet paper rolls in the Panhandle. You can read all about it on Florida News.

South of the Suwanee has spotted a "new scam" by Representatives Allan Bense (R-Panama City) and Joe Negron (R- Stuart) "to cut taxes and make ends meet by smashing into long-protected piggy banks dedicated to such things as environmental-land purchases, affordable housing and health care."

Interstate4 Jamming is all over the breaking story of upheavals and indictments of Orlando's mayor and prominent political figures. Jeb Bush suspended Mayor Buddy Dyer, a Democrat, thus elevating Republican Ernest Page as "pro tem" mayor. Page "himself served eight months in jail for grand theft while a member of the City Council in 1983... ."

Blogwood reports that newly elected Florida U.S. Senator Mel Martinez is leading the Christian Right's charge in Washington D.C. to "fastrack a bill that could lead to a federal court review" of the Terri Schivo case. If you'd like to know more about this sad, interminable case check out the archives at Abstract Appeal.

Gordon, a Florida surfer at Anger Management Course is inspired by news of a bank shoot-out in Costa Rica to reflect on the declining quality of life he's witnessed in San Jose the past seven years. "Crime, including rape, disappearances of young women, and muggings are common in the capital."

Read more to find out where he recommends you can capture the same flavor of old Costa Rica "15-20 years ago." It's cheaper and safer than today's Costa Rica, he says.

Bark-Bark, Woof-Woof seems to be speculating on a Hillary vs. Condi presidential race in '08. As the Church Lady might say, "Now, wouldn't that heal a divided nation!"

A planned high-rise condo got cropped in Tampa out of concern for airport safety, BayCiti reports.

Florida Land Use Law provides links to the important details of the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of Kelo v. City of New London. The central issue is, "Can a municipality constitutionally use its eminent domain powers to seize one person's private property only to hand it over to a private developer as part of an urban renewal project?"

Have an opinion on this? Unless you're going to be a guest on some cable TV news show, you might want to know what your talking about. So read the links.

On a related legal issue, Florida Musings observes that the state's community development planning process is intended "to open the comprehensive planning process to the fullest possible public participation." But he has identified two state administrative rulings that apparently decided only "for proft" buisenesses are qualified to challenge a local Comprehensive Plan amendment in Department of Community Affairs administrative proceedings. If Jeb Bush's cabinet lets the rulings stand, non-profit citizens groups could be shut out of the process altogether.

Which makes us wonder. What about "for profit" businesses that tell the tax man they're losing money?

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