Who is Alico?

Last year when we were trying to get our reservoir to send clean water south to stop salt water intrusion, stop the toxic discharges, save the Everglades, and save the water of South Florida the Everglades Coalition after the yearly meeting hired a PR firm to sell the reservoir.

They hired a woman named Sarah Bascom to this. Sarah also worked as the PR spokesman for Alico. Good gig Sarah if you can get. Working for both’s sides.

I wrote this

PR Firm plays both sides of the road. Makes stupid remarks.

In a few weeks it will the beginning of a new legislative session. Already there are some bad bills being filed. Fracking. Bills to take the sunshine away.
It makes me think what kind of people are these that have so little regard for us the people who elected them.
Even if your complicit and go with leadership because your afraid of the punishment you still complicit.
Last week when I drove to Sarasota there was an office on route 70 just west of 27.  This place was called Alico Chemical. I would have gotten a photo on the way home but I was in dire need of a ladies room.

“Alico believes that its new membership in CNI will allow it to fulfill its chemical requirements on a more independent, sustainable and efficient basis as the company grows.

CNI is a stock held marketing and sales corporation that has been doing business for over 40 years, supplying independently owned agricultural retailers in 21 states. The focus is to be the preferred supplier of agricultural inputs (crop protection products, seed and       , to our dealers/owners which represent over 335 retail locations. Our operations stretch from the East Coast of the US to the West Coast, linking many of these agricultural markets. CNI offers great value to our customers with a consistent, reliable, and strong business model and to suppliers with influence, direction, molecule management, and access to the major US agricultural markets.

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Chem Nut, Inc. markets and sells agricultural inputs, such as agrichemicals (agrichemical refers to the broad range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and nematicides. It may also include synthetic fertilizers, hormones and other chemical growth agents, and concentrated stores of raw animal manure.), micronutrients, seeds, and adjuvants (A pharmacological agent added to a drug, predictably affecting the action of the drug’s active ingredient. ) to farm retail businesses and dealers in the United States. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Leesburg, Georgia. It has locations in Sebring, Florida; Tarboro, North Carolina; Weyers Cave, Virginia; and Lubbock and Dumas, Texas.

Formerly called Chem Nut.”

According it’s own website Alico incorporated is
the Largest Citrus Producer

From the website

“Recently announced acquisitions of three Florida citrus producers will make Alico’s citrus division the largest citrus producer in the United States, with total pro forma 2014 production of 10 million boxes annually.
Alico owns and manages approximately 114,000 acres devoted to citrus, cattle, farming, conservation and natural resources.
We own and manage Ranch and Conservation land in Collier, Hendry and Polk Counties and engage in Cattle Production, Sod and Native Plant Sales, Land Leasing for recreational and grazing purposes and conservation activities. Ranch and Conservation totals approximately 64,500 gross acres. We occasionally lease the same acreage for more than one purpose.
Our Cattle operation is engaged in the production of beef cattle and is located in Hendry and Collier Counties. The breeding herd consisted of approximately 8,600 cows and bulls and we plan to increase the size of our herd in the near future to the extent practicable. We primarily sell our calves to feed yards and yearling grazing operations in the United States. We also sell cattle through local livestock auction markets and to contract cattle buyers in the United States. These buyers provide ready markets for our cattle. We believe that the loss of any one or a few of these buyers would not have a material effect on our Cattle operations. Revenue from ranch and conservation operations was approximately 9.2%, 6.6%, and 5.8% of total operating revenue for each of the years ended September 30, 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

Water Storage Contract Approval
In December 2012, the South Florida Water Management District (“SFWMD”) issued a solicitation request for projects to be considered for the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program.  In March 2013, the Company submitted its response proposing a dispersed water management project on its ranch land.

On December 11, 2014, the SFWMD approved a contract, based on the submitted response, with the Company.  The contract term is eleven years and allows up to one year for implementation (design, permitting, construction and construction completion certification) and ten years of operation whereby the Company will provide water retention services. Payment for these services includes an amount not to exceed $4,000,000 of reimbursement for implementation. In addition it provides for an annual fixed payment of $12,000,000 for operations and maintenance costs as long as the project is in compliance with the contract and subject to annual SFWMD Governing Board (“Board”) approval of funding.  The contract specifies that the Board has to approve the payments annually and there can be no assurance that it will approve the annual fixed payments.

Conservation Easement
In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 we were granted an easement to the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), through its administering agency, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, on approximately 11,600 acres of our Ranch and Conservation land located in Hendry County, Florida.

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http://www.alicoinc.com/interactive-map#all=1

Alico was founded by the Alexander Family which included Former Florida Senator JD Alexander.

He supposedly resigned as CEO.

November 22, 2013

The resignation of Alico CEO JD Alexander on Nov. 6 ends the storied ownership of one of the biggest agribusiness companies in the state.

In October, New York-based Arlon Group and private investors Remy Trafelet and George Brokaw, operating as 734 Agriculture LLC, agreed to pay $37 per share in cash for 50.5% of Alico controlled by Atlantic Blue Group, the heirs to the fortune of the Ben Hill Griffin citrus family.

The deal, worth $137.8 million, closed Nov. 19.

But while Alexander will no longer be the Fort Myers-based company’s chief executive, he won’t be straying too far. In a Nov. 12 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alico says the company will pay Alexander $2 million annually for the next two years as part of a consulting and non-compete agreement.

In an article in the Ledger he said he was forced to resign all due to issues within Alico and Atlantic Blue which seem to be family driven. The sources in the Ledger article did not want to be identified because they were afraid of retribution.

wow.

Clayton Wilson is now the CEO of ALICO

Here is his bio

Mr. Wilson has served as Alico’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since November, 2013 and brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience in the citrus industry. Mr. Wilson is a third generation citrus grower and has been actively involved in the citrus industry for over 28 years. He is the Chief Executive Officer of 734 Citrus Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Silver Nip Citrus. His responsibilities include the oversight of all aspects of the company’s citrus operations. Mr. Wilson is Vice President and Chairman of the Board for Latt Maxcy Corporation and also serves on the board of Citizens Bank and Trust. Mr. Wilson is also a board member of many industry associations, including Ranch One Cooperative, Cooperative Producers, Inc. and Gulf Harvesting, Inc. and is past President of Highlands County Citrus Growers Association. He currently serves as a board member and Vice President of Citrus Marketing Services and is a past board member of the Harvesting Advisory Council for the Florida Department of Citrus. He holds a degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

Source: Alico Inc. on 01/28/2015

SO this ALICO. They like water farming. They like chemicals. They can make a lot of money as our Everglades dies, our aquifers fill up with salt water, the discharges continue and the Florida Bay continues to implode.
For us it’s our Florida. For them it’s just cold hard cash.
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On the snout: Nestle stealing our water again

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On the snout: Nestle stealing our water again.

New bottler shouldn’t get OK to tap aquifer article by Lauren Ritchie

“The request is for more water than the controversial Niagara Bottling plant pumped when it first opened in Groveland. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Florida’s water-management districts can’t say no to anyone. Despite a sloppy application, chances are high that Spring Water Resources of Ocala — doesn’t the clever name sound like it’s a group doing good? — will be getting permission to pump 181 million gallons a year.

The company’s plan is to withdraw water from 10 acres just south of County Road 470 and east of U.S. Highway 301 in Sumter County. Some 144 tanker trucks a day would take the raw water to the Azure Bottling plant in Leesburg, owned by a Fruitland Park couple.

There, plans call for bottling the water and selling it to five retailers, including Niagara Bottling and Nestlé Water, according to a business plan filed with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The proposal is to drill a 10-inch well near Fern Spring, but don’t worry — the application swears that tests show the pumping won’t hurt the spring at all. Never mind that engineers at the water district have never even heard of the process the water company’s consultant used to determine the spring is safe.”

We can’t afford to have our water sucked dry.

Watch this clip from Flow: For the love of water about nestle

Your Florida Government at work protecting big business and stealing yet another resource from its citizens.

Bear Hunt: It’s true. Floridians cannot be trusted to hunt bears.

If you go back and look at the multitude of blogs I have written about the bear hunt you’ll see I was right. Unfortunately being right doesn’t bring back the lactating bears. Does not give young cubs their moms back.

This is what we know right now.

A letter was sent by Chuck O’Neal from Wake up Wekevia

chucks letter

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/bear-hunt-likely-headed-to-an-early-end/2251210

Florida’s first bear hunt in 21 years may become a victim of its own success. Florida’s hunters have killed so many bears that state wildlife officials say they are likely to end what was envisioned as a week-long season after only two days.

The commission had set quotas for each of four areas where hunting was allowed, and Wiley shut down two of them at the end of the first day of the hunt because they exceeded their limit of dead bears. The hunters in one of those regions, the eastern Panhandle, had brought in twice as many dead bears as the limit permitted. Updated figures presented in the 3 p.m. conference call showed the hunters killed even more bears than the official record reflected on Saturday.

In the eastern Panhandle, the new numbers show hunters killed 112 bears, or nearly three times the limit of 40 that the commission had set. The Central Florida region’s limit had been 100, and hunters topped that too, bringing in 139 dead bears by mid-day Sunday. Both of those sections were closed to hunting as of 9 p.m. Saturday, but commission rules say hunters had up to 12 hours to bring in any bears killed before the area was closed. That’s why the numbers were much higher as of Sunday.

The commission’s top bear expert, Thomas Eason, said the high number of bears killed showed that hundreds of eager hunters spent weeks scouting locations to guarantee a shot at a bear. He also credited the high number of bears killed to the fact that the last Florida bear hunt was in 1994.

“The bears haven’t been hunted in 21 years, so they’re relatively naive,” Eason said.

Opponents of the hunt, including the Sierra Club and Speak Up Wekiva, called for the statewide hunt to be shut down Saturday, warning that killing too many bears would be a disaster for a population that until 2012 was on the state’s imperiled species list. But Wiley only closed the areas that had exceeded their quota.

The Sierra Club’s Frank Jackalone, in a Saturday e-mail to Wiley, contended that the over-the-limit bear killing showed that the state’s “predictions that hunters would find it difficult to track and kill Florida black bears were dead wrong, leaving science trumped by sloppy guesswork.”

The Sierra Club’s Frank Jackalone, in a Saturday e-mail to Wiley, contended that the over-the-limit bear killing showed that the state’s “predictions that hunters would find it difficult to track and kill Florida black bears were dead wrong, leaving science trumped by sloppy guesswork.”

Jackalone, in a Sunday interview, criticized the wildlife commission for not limiting the number of hunting permits that were sold, which he said guaranteed there would be too many hunters killing bears. He also contended that the wildlife agency’s actions had “set back the recovery of the bears for years, if not decades.”

Decades. Sloppy. Hunter’s would it difficult to track. Science trumped sloppy guesswork.

Welcome to Florida.

It’s been a weekend and I have to say from both sides. Some nasty woman who was busy having a twitter war with the FWC got mad at me and accused me of all kinds of nasty things. People were terrible. To me. This person is telling me  I’m for the hunt and for Rick Scott. I’m not writing this to complain. I’ve seen this kind of stuff for years. Read my hate circuit blog. People get so uncontrolled hate their brain changes. The circuit goes off. It doesn’t matter what side of the issue your own. People start threatening each other,  name calling. Like the PETA witch that called me a dog killer at a hearing in Palm Beach County. (Look how well that turned out more dogs and cats are being euthanized)

They honestly think that calling rick scott’s office and being angry voter is going to make a difference. He is probably dancing on the table.

They think that calling their legislator will make a difference.’

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/florida-bear-hunt-207-killed-on-first-day-7351694

Robert Ruderman, of the group Animal Hero Kids, said, “The Florida black bear hunt is a well-calculated, thinly disguised power play by right-wing Governor Rick Scott and his faithful servants on the FWC Commission at the behest of powerful special interests; namely, the gun and hunting industries and lobbies, influential land developers, and wealthy trophy hunters..” 

This is correct. Florida bought and Paid for. Mission Accomplished!

Here is some video. its terrible. I’m warning you now.

On this one they got most of the story wrong.

Here is one of our hero’s Chuck O Neal

Listen to his words. We are suppose to protect the bears. The hunt was picked on cherry picked data.

Here is an excellent article from Psychology Today

Florida Bear Hunt Ignores Conservation Psychology & Science

Florida’s decision to reinstate bear hunting after a 21-year hiatus (link is external) ignores well-established science on human-bear conflicts and constitutes an appalling magnification of the ethical defects afflicting the killing of grizzly mother Blaze by officials at Yellowstone National Park and, more recently, the killing of Boulder Bear 317 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 320 black bears – 10% of the estimated statewide population – have been targeted by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for killing by recreational hunters (you can see the hunt plan here), a lethal response that is massively disproportionate to the concerns that have been articulated by human stakeholders about property damage and a handful of relatively minor attacks on humans. The hunt’s quota is in addition to the increasingly routine practice of killing bears who have been deemed a nuisance and to high road kill rates (282 in 2012 alone (link is external)). A combined mortality rate of 20% of the entire bear population has become Florida’s ghastly new definition of sustainability, while the human population of the state increases by more than the entire bear population every single week, a fact that human policy-makers regard as a source of pride (link is external), not a cause for grave concern.

Instead, Dr. Eason, for one, seems to be perfectly comfortable with Floridians repeating their familiar role as super-predators, killing adult bears in their prime reproductive years, imposing far-reaching collateral damage on family units and the bear population as a whole. Although Florida’s bear hunt forbids the “harvesting” — read, killing — of mother bears with cubs, this will inevitably happen, since mothers commonly “tree” their cubs up to 200 yards away, out of sight from hunters. Black bear cubs stay with their mother for up to two years, learning essential survival skills and enjoying her protection from male bears and other animals who may harm them. As orphans, their prospects for survival are grim. And, since we know that animals experience a wide range of emotions, including joy, love, empathy, and grief, it is beyond dispute that these cubs will suffer immense emotional, as well as physical, distress. Equally repugnant is the fact that the FWC knows that some female bears will be pregnant at this time of year (just prior to denning), and there is no way for hunters to discern the gender of their target until they’re killed. Far from apologizing for these horrific effects, Dr. Eason has matter-of-factly stated that this is all part of the plan.

please read this from our friend at the Daily Kumquat.

The Lingering Stench of Death: Witnessing the Developers’ War on Florida’s Black Bears, October 24-25, 2015

These images document the death of 18 beautiful, innocent, sentient creatures who were denied the right to follow their unique paths through life in an environment that was ideally suited to their wants and needs. Every drop of blood symbolizes not merely a loss of life but a loss of decency, a perversion of science, an affront to democracy, and an indelible stain on the character of the State of Florida

http://www.dailykumquat.com/florida-developers-war-on-black-bears-october-24-25-2015/

and lastly from my friend Debbie Culp over on the west coast of Florida. We must must find a way to come together and talk. Because while we’re fighting over this who knows what is being plotted and planned.

In regard to the bear hunt:
When controversy strikes, I strive to hear and understand the position and feelings of the perceived opposition. Tho very defensive at first, and rightfully so given the numerous arguments and personal attacks on individuals, generational families, and hunting culture at large, I found some very genuine hunters willing to speak openly and honestly about the hunt, existing law, and FWC. While they strongly defended their rights to traditional hunting, the need for FWC reform in policy making was expressed. They openly admitted that the FWC based their policy on the bear hunt on old data of bear population. They felt that had updated data been presented prior to the hunt that it would reflect even higher numbers of population based on what they had observed in certain locations. This of course is only speculative because FWC did not bother to do this when making such an important decision. They also suggested a need for reform in laws on fining the practices of unethical hunters with fines as low as 50 dollars for killing a Mother bear with cub under 70lbs.
They also adamantly expressed the need for human population control in the state of Florida and openly expressed that much bear and other wildlife’s habitat has been consumed by development and particularly sited developments next to wetlands critical to the survival of wildlife. In defense of the attacks on trophy hunting, they explained that the traditional hunter does eat the meat. Although I do not prefer bear meat, I have been to plenty of wildlife dinners where bear was served. While this may be revolting so some, we have many families in Florida, many going back many generations in Florida living sustainant lives, where hunting, fishing, , raising their animals and growing their food is an integral part of their lives as they pass down traditions to their children.
I saw much arguing, name calling, viscous attacks on people, families and businesses by environmentalist. As an environmentalist I was deeply dismayed by some of this behavior. This is not the way to communicate. The focus should be on reform of policy and we all can contribute to this if we communicate appropriately and not alienate, polarize and burn bridges. The powers that be would like nothing better than for there to be abyss of division. Attack the policies and policy makers, not the people. Just my opinion.”

Thank you Debbie. Your opinion is very much appreciated.

TBT: Anthrax in Boca Raton, Florida evening post of todays blog

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This is photo of the American Media Building after it was attacked by Anthrax.

In October 2001, after the 911 attacks, we were all working and there was a news report about someone local at American Media dying from Anthrax. The news at the time reports that Bob Stevens died from drinking water in the Carolina’s where he had been vacationing. The person that was saying this was the head of the Palm Beach County Health Department.

I was driving down Okeechobee Blvd when I got the call to come home because someone died from Anthax. I knew this wasn’t true because I had been reading about Anthrax at the DOD website. After 911 we were all so hypervigilent. I think we never thought our lives would get back to normal.

I did know this. You can’t get anthrax from drinking it in the water.

We contacted Governor Jeb Bush and he contacted who ever the head public health doctor was.

The pharmacy I worked at sold out of cipro instantly. We then sold out of doxycycline. So did everyone else. The entire area sold out of antibiotics.

At the time health department of palm beach county did not want to check for spores in the noses of other people that worked at American Media but the people who worked there insisted. I can’t remember how many but there were spores found in the noses of a few people.

I may be wrong but I believe this was the first. I do not think they ever figured out who did this but they did think it was from someone who access to weaponized anthrax. As I did my research this morning I see a lot of history has been rewritten but I have to work so I’ll save that for another day.

I can tell you this for sure. If you look closely at the photo the company name was Bio One. Bio  One was owned by Rudy Giuliani. I guess it’s a smart move to benefit financially  from the deaths of other people.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/giuliani-co-cleaning-up-anthrax/

So when I talk about how we have to continue to be vigilant and call out the news this a prime example.

I will never forget how terrified I was. Not just because of the Anthrax but because of all the mistakes of the news media of the time.

RIP Bob Stevens.

Remember this New’s Media. Report the news. Period. Otherwise it’s propaganda and scare tactics.

Evening Post of Todays Blog

So because the world is amazing a friend of mine shared this story with me. I have walked around with a lot things from when this happened and one the questions was why did we get the call to do research on this. It came from someone at AMI and I never wanted to get that person in trouble. I had some theories but I never ever ever expected this.

From my friend Victoria:

Victoria Romero Huggins It was a very scary time for me as a mother. Our daughter, Summer, sat at the desk next to Bob’s. Summer was Bob’s photo-journalist assistant. Yes, there were at least 3 others who had spores within their noses. I got the phone call from Summer when Bob died. They knew what it was, they just kept it under wraps and out of the public. Her phone call to me was: “Mom, I’m to young to die! I had Sammy in here on Saturday to do some work. Bob got the Anthrax on Friday!” Yes, there were people in the building on MONDAY swabbing everything. When they found spores on the keyboards and hand railings within the building – they sent everyone home. They were not allowed to take anything but themselves out of the building. That very day, they began swabbing the noses of the employees – some were put on cipro immediately. Summer was one of those. I sat with her every day for the FBI updates. I went through the most trying time – she had an allergic reaction to Cipro. A very bad reaction. Then, the FBI decided that since Bob and Summer lived within the same neighborhood, an approach to the Lantana Municipal Airport, they began swabbing their homes and yards. Nothing was found at their homes. We were told at least a month before the press got hold of it, that the spores were throughout the building, compliments of the A/C. It seems so strange that the AMI people were working and having daily briefings at the Sun Sentinel building in Delray, yet they were continually told “Share nothing with the press!” Everyday after briefings, the parking lot was full of TV crews…… I will say this, AMI paid their employees in cash each week, even though most of them were not working…. It was a very sad time for our family. (Now that AMI has moved out of Boca, Summer is without a job since September. She worked for AMI since she was 17 – and she is 39 now.)

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On the Snout: Florida bought and paid for.

On the Snout: Florida bought and paid for.

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“If you smell something. say something.”

I’ve written extensively about the Pacific Legal Foundation.

A group that is intent on destroying our bears, panthers, manatees and every  piece of green we have in our state. It’s also quite obvious that RIck is ruled by the Koch brothers because his agenda is their agenda. Not ours.

Last year we saw an incredible dysfunctional Florida legislature and the will of the people even for little things was just totally ignored. Like we didn’t exist.
They really don’t care. Not Rick Scott nor the people who represent you.

First this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/americans-for-prosperity-rick-scott_n_2160739.html

“AFP is extremely disappointed in leaders in Florida suggesting that the Sunshine State should create a health insurance exchange” said Slade O’Brien, AFP’s Florida State Director. “An exchange will increase insurance premiums on consumers and taxes on hardworking families. Florida’s best intentions will be masked by the federal government’s onerous requirements.”

then this.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-koch-brothers-group-attacks-gardiner-senate-over-medicaid-expansion-20150330-post.html

“Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group financed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is going on the attack.

The group sent mail ads Monday to the districts of Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and 24 other senators over their support for a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

“The Florida Senate continues to move forward on a plan to give good people bad coverage,” the mailer states.

It also encourages residents to call senator’s district offices. Click here to view the mailer.

AFP sent the mailers to the districts of senators who voted for the Medicaid expansion plan in committee. Gardiner, who is vice president of external affairs at Orlando Health, doesn’t sit on any committee as Senate President, but pushed expansion from the onset of the legislative session.”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/koch-brothers-group-assists-scott-campaign/2186749

“Gov. Rick Scott is getting help from Americans for Prosperity, which has begun phone banking and canvassing across Florida.”

http://realkochfacts.com/rick-scott-the-special-interests-governor/

“The heated race for governor in the Sunshine State is just around the corner, and after throwing his tantrum on national television, Rick Scott needs something of a miracle to win reelection. Luckily for Scott, he’s got the support of the billionaire Koch brothers and their extensive political network: Koch Industries has made large contributions to Scott’s campaign, and the Kochs’ primary political arm, Americans For Prosperity, has put more than 40 paid staffers on the ground in the Sunshine State.

Scott’s ties to the Koch brothers go back a ways. In 2013, Scott spoke at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Orlando the very same week that he skipped his own three-day education summit, a stark juxtaposition of priorities that drew this rebuke from Tampa Bay Times:

“Unless he’s worried about his base or the lingering threat of a primary challenge, it baffles us that Scott – who couldn’t find time to attend any of a three-day education summit he called himself – would find the time to speak at the AFP “Defending the American Dream Summit”… Maybe he hopes the Koch brothers, who founded AFP, will show some love to Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Committee.”

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“This year, AFP’s annual summit was hosted in Texas, and Scott’s fellow Republican governor and friend Rick Perry joked about razzing him because the Texas summit was better attended than Scott’s Orlando event. Perry recalled, “Rick Scott always tries to one-up me, so you know, he was the first to call me and say ‘Hey, we got Americans for Prosperity, what’d you get?’”

Of course Scott called Perry to brag about his support from the Koch brothers. And of course the Koch brothers support Rick Scott, they share the same agenda – opposition to raising the minimum wage, denying the science of climate change, refusing to expand Medicaid. It’s a match made in heaven.

When Floridians go to the polls on Tuesday, they should bear this in mind. Rick Scott is the special interests governor. The Koch brothers are just one of his many interests.”

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Florida Black Bear Update: Ammoland! Safari Club! Wildlife conservation is really hunting. GOGETUM!

 From the you can’t make this stuff up file.

http://www.ammoland.com/
“Tucson, AZ -(AmmoLand.com)- Safari Club International was pleased to be the only hunting group to assist the State of Florida in protecting the state’s black bear season against a challenge from anti-hunters.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, after a five hour hearing, a Florida state court denied a request filed by Florida group, Speak Up Wekiva, to shut down Florida’s first black bear hunt in decades. As a result of the ruling, the hunt is set to commence as planned on October 24th.

Deserving most of the credit for the victory are Florida’s state attorneys and biologists, who aggressively defended the hunt in court. SCI assisted in defending the hunt by submitting a powerful amicus brief that explained to the court how stopping the hunt would harm SCI members and the general Florida hunting community.”

Let me repeat this: SCI assisted in defending the hunt by submitting a powerful amicus brief that explained to the court how stopping the hunt would harm SCI members and the general Florida hunting community.

SCI’s brief also provided concrete data from SCI’s past involvement with black bear litigation in New Jersey. The data refuted the Plaintiffs’ claims that the hunt would harm Florida’s black bear population. An SCI attorney appeared at the hearing to offer assistance as needed. SCI’s local counsel in Florida, attorney Ethan Way – a member of SCI’s Tallahassee Chapter – assisted SCI’s in-house litigation attorneys in filing our brief and appearing in court.

SCI is proud to be a part of this latest victory. SCI has a long history of conserving Florida black bears through sustainable use. Almost ten years ago, SCI helped the federal government defend a lawsuit seeking to force a listing of the Florida black bear under the Endangered Species Act, which would have prevented Florida’s current hunt.

If anti-hunting groups decide to continue to try to stop the hunt, SCI will continue to help Florida defend against any challenge.

About Safari Club International:

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation.”

http://beforeitsnews.com/survival/2015/10/hunters-win-in-florida-judge-denies-motion-to-stop-black-bear-hunt-2587750.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

This hunt is not about dealing with the issues. This is the kinda crap we have to deal with the water. Big business coming in and taking away our Florida.

Where we’re at at this point and some history. I’m pretty sure this is from Chuck O’Neal

This might be a good time to review where we are in the legal process. In June of 2015, the FWC Commissioners passed a rule authorizing a bear hunt to begin Oct 24th. Legally, their rule could not be challenged until it be effective on July 29th. Two days later we filed our complaint (lawsuit) challenging the constitutionality of the FWC’s bear hunt rule on the basis that it was in contravention to the intent of the voters and intent of the framers of the 1998 constitutional amendment that created the FWC.

The Florida Supreme Court has consistently ruled from 1960 (Gray vs Bryant) forward that: “The fundamental object to be sought in construing a constitutional provision is to ascertain the intent of the framers and the provision must be construed or interpreted in such manner as to fulfill the intent of the people, never to defeat it. Such a provision must never be construed in such manner as to make it possible for the will of the people to be frustrated or denied.”

The FWC filed their answer to our complaint on September 30. Now that they have filed their answer we move into the discovery phase where we can depose potential witnesses under oath. Just like any other investigation, we must start at the bottom and work our way up the ladder. We have a statement under oath that the commissioners made the decision for the hunt to proceed this year. This statement was a completely new revelation because prior to this, the commissioners indicated they were acting upon the advice of Dr Eason. Now Dr Eason has said it was the commissioners who directed the hunt to proceed this year, not him.

Since the FWC took its time on answering the complaint and it was clear that the trial would not be held before the Oct 24 start of the proposed hunt, we filed an emergency motion for a temporary injunction to place a stay on the hunt until the case could be resolved. That motion for a temporary injunction was heard on October 1st. You can watch the replay on the Florida Channel link below.

There is a very high legal bar that must be cleared in order for the injunction to be granted. We felt we had a good chance to clear that bar because we argued that the unlimited two day beginning to the hunt did not protect their quota rule of 320.

During the hearing on Oct 1, long after their response to our motion, the FWC lawyers came up with an obscure rule about the power of their executive director during an emergency (like a natural catastrophe) that they did not even know about at the September FWC meeting. That was when Com Spottswood proposed the executive director be given the power to call the hunt after the first day. Com Priddy shot down that idea and won the vote 3-2.

Judge Reynolds had many concerns about the way the hunt was designed but ruled against our motion for a temporary injunction. In essence, he gave them a D but they still passed the course.

However, that ruling was just on our motion for a temporary injunction. That is an entirely different thing that the actual case which we filed on 7/31. The lawsuit proceeds and the investigation now begins with the ability to depose witnesses under oath.

We are committed to pursue justice for the bears by uncovering the truth behind this hunt. Was it a political decision or one based on sound science? The voters in 1998 created a commission that is independent of politics, one that makes decisions based on sound science. Are there other non-lethal ways to achieve the same goals as a hunt? Are these non-lethal means more representative of the intent of the voters? We intend to prove the answer to all three questions is yes.

Its important to remember that the bear hunt rule is for an annual hunt, meaning if we give up now, we will be fighting this fight every year until we win this lawsuit. So it is not just about the proposed hunt for Oct 24, its about keeping a species from being driven into extinction.

This motion was very expensive to pursue. It will cost even more to hold depositions of witnesses to get to the bottom of how this hunt came to be. We have been blessed to have the financial support of people and organizations from around the world. Please continue to do so, knowing that Oct 1 was just the first battle, not the war.

We are convinced that the Florida Supreme Court will in the end find that this hunt is contrary to the intent of the voters and contrary to the intent of the framers, but we have a long road ahead of us. Let’s stick together and arrive on that day as the name of this page implies, Floridians united to save our bears.

Click here to support the lawsuit.

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Speaking of Guns, SNL did this hysterical skit on guns and it was just perfect. Because what else can you do? There is no talking, no discussion. What can you do but make something so absurd we all can laugh at the absurdity of it all. Who better to star in it than Amy Schumer.

Da Dogz Blogz! ( Don’t tell the cat.) Chesed Rescue

Da Dogz Blogz ( Don’t tell the cat. She’ll want her own)

by Barney (Barnacles Lenz I)

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Hello. DIs is Barney and I’m going to be 18 years old on October 23. I am rescue dog. I was very sick when I came here and now I’m fine. I’m old but every day is a wonderful day with my food source and my friend MEME (well mostly unless she kicks me off the bed,)

But I’m not here to talk about myself. I’m here to talk about other rescues. Today I interviewed a old friend of my food source.  Her name is Bobbi Miller. She started Chesed Rescue.

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This is what she said:

“Chesed Rescue started because there were no groups at the time to help with the overflow from county shelters and humane societies only wanted healthy young dogs. A few rescues existed but I didn’t like their policies. They either skimped on vetting the pets or didn’t screen the adopters thoroughly. Most would adopt on site without too much interviewing. Chesed started to make a new standard on how vetting and adopting unwanted pets would be handled. Chesed is a Hebrew word that loosely translates to compassion, but literally means taking care of someone that can never pay you back. So your motives are pure and not expecting a return.

This year we took a heart worm positive pit bull that had mammary cancer and skin issues. She had clearly been overbred, staked outside and neglected. Her pictures tell the story from many months of boarding and medical intervention to the best home imaginable with Melissa Wu and her dog Tulip, a blind diabetic pit.”

Dis  is  a wonderful story of a  rescue dog and a wonderful rescue and a wonderful new rescue mom!

So if you need a dog or cat you should call Bobbi!

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To contact Bobbi at Chesed Rescue:

561-213-5773

www.chesed-rescue.org

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Tulip and Willow WU

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Tulip and Willow WU

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Tulip and Willow WU