Memorial Day 2011 : Orange County Courthouse Ceremony

This morning, I had the honor of attending the Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Orange County Courthouse. There, members of the community took time to reflect on the memory of those who, have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom. It was another beautiful ceremony and you have got to be so proud and blessed to be part of this community. Here are some photos, take a moment to think of those we’ve lost, and I wish all of you peaceful and pleasant Memorial Day.

The Colors on display

Representatives from Multiple Organizations and Lawmakers attended

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson

Sergeant Major gave a fine speech

Honoring Those We've Lost

Attendance was standing room only, again this year

Post Ceremony

Orange County has always been great to Vets. Have a restful Memorial Day.

Governor Scott’s Bad Aim with the Veto Pen

Yesterday, in the Villages Retirement Community, Florida Governor Rick Scott touted 615 million dollars in budget vetoes. An impressive figure that should please a lot of his supporters.

It won’t please UCF, Veterans, or the African-American Community.

We’re all aware that there is going to be fat in the budget and it’s got to go but, common sense would have spared the following projects and cut others.

Let’s start with the University of Central Florida. The 4th biggest University in the country according to enrollment. Now, looking at a list of these cuts (here) and there was some line items that could wait. One thing that couldn’t wait was the Classroom building. Have you attended UCF or know someone that does? There isn’t enough space….for anything. No parking, not enough professors, not enough classroom space. That was an item that the Governor should have left alone and in the Fall it’ll be obvious to those visiting. True, the bonuses that the higher-up administrators collect could cover the cost of that building but, don’t expect them to pony up the dough.

12 million for helping homeless Veterans gone.

We couldn’t count on Charlie Crist to help us, and now we have one of our own in the Governor’s mansion and he just took 12 million away from our most vulnerable. Vets that exit the service without skills that translate to civilian jobs, injuries and PTSD issues that prevent our bravest from starting businesses, finishing school, or getting quality medical care; they end up homeless and they won’t be getting any help from the state, this go around. Rick Scott did 4 years in the Navy, LT. Governor Jennifer Carroll did 20 and retired. This along with the other legislation that didn’t pass during the session, makes it hard to take the Governor’s intentions for helping Vets seriously.

You’re welcome.

Paramore, Pine Hills, Eatonville. All African-American communities due to receive relief to renovate areas saturated with obstacles, will not get the aid they need to improve their environment, reduce crime, and move a in the right direction to making all of Central Florida a great place to live.

The equation is simple. College kids and the African-American communities tend to vote Democrat and didn’t vote for Scott last time. The Homeless often don’t have the identification needed to register to vote. None of these groups are important for the political survival of our Governor.

Perhaps, his aim wasn’t off at all.

Governor Scott's Bad Aim with the Veto Pen

Yesterday, in the Villages Retirement Community, Florida Governor Rick Scott touted 615 million dollars in budget vetoes. An impressive figure that should please a lot of his supporters.

It won’t please UCF, Veterans, or the African-American Community.

We’re all aware that there is going to be fat in the budget and it’s got to go but, common sense would have spared the following projects and cut others.

Let’s start with the University of Central Florida. The 4th biggest University in the country according to enrollment. Now, looking at a list of these cuts (here) and there was some line items that could wait. One thing that couldn’t wait was the Classroom building. Have you attended UCF or know someone that does? There isn’t enough space….for anything. No parking, not enough professors, not enough classroom space. That was an item that the Governor should have left alone and in the Fall it’ll be obvious to those visiting. True, the bonuses that the higher-up administrators collect could cover the cost of that building but, don’t expect them to pony up the dough.

12 million for helping homeless Veterans gone.

We couldn’t count on Charlie Crist to help us, and now we have one of our own in the Governor’s mansion and he just took 12 million away from our most vulnerable. Vets that exit the service without skills that translate to civilian jobs, injuries and PTSD issues that prevent our bravest from starting businesses, finishing school, or getting quality medical care; they end up homeless and they won’t be getting any help from the state, this go around. Rick Scott did 4 years in the Navy, LT. Governor Jennifer Carroll did 20 and retired. This along with the other legislation that didn’t pass during the session, makes it hard to take the Governor’s intentions for helping Vets seriously.

You’re welcome.

Paramore, Pine Hills, Eatonville. All African-American communities due to receive relief to renovate areas saturated with obstacles, will not get the aid they need to improve their environment, reduce crime, and move a in the right direction to making all of Central Florida a great place to live.

The equation is simple. College kids and the African-American communities tend to vote Democrat and didn’t vote for Scott last time. The Homeless often don’t have the identification needed to register to vote. None of these groups are important for the political survival of our Governor.

Perhaps, his aim wasn’t off at all.

Rick Scott’s 29% Approval Rating

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s poll numbers came out earlier this week and to no one’s surprise they were low. Really low. 57-29. A 29% approval rating? Let’s compare how unpopular the guv is at this point in time to, some other controversial characters currently in the spotlight.

Lebron James is still more popular in Cleveland
Sarah Palin’s numbers would be higher in Honolulu.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating would be pretty low in California, but they’d still be better than Rick Scott’s.

Here is a statement from Scott’s office.

“We are on the path to creating 700,000 jobs, but it can’t be done without making tough decisions. Governor Scott wasn’t elected to be most popular, he was elected to turn Florida’s economy around and help people get back to work. As you will see at tomorrow’s budget signing, Governor Scott will continue to do what’s right for Florida, making the tough calls and holding government accountable.”

Okay, I hear ya but, like I’ve said so many times before. Governor Scott’s inability to inform the public of how his method of job creation works will hurt him, his entire time in office.

If they can’t see you, they can’t trust you.

Tomorrow, Rick Scott is going to The Villages, a super retirement community, to sign the state’s budget. The Villages is a Tea Party Stronghold and should be a friendly audience for Scott, but what about Sunrail? If he green lights that project (and he’s hinted he might) he’ll lose a group of voters that have been with him, since day one.

He’ll get some polite applause from his opponents but, it’s not going to change their opinion on how he’s doing overall. They’ve still got that elections bill, teacher-merit pay, and high speed rail to point at.

It’s a very real possibility that being more moderate would actually hurt Scott’s approval rating. It’s not fair but, that’s the way it is.

He’s got to create some jobs in a hurry. You’ll find that when the unemployment rate goes down, your approval rating goes up.

A 29% approval rating means you're losing support from all sides

Rick Scott's 29% Approval Rating

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s poll numbers came out earlier this week and to no one’s surprise they were low. Really low. 57-29. A 29% approval rating? Let’s compare how unpopular the guv is at this point in time to, some other controversial characters currently in the spotlight.

Lebron James is still more popular in Cleveland
Sarah Palin’s numbers would be higher in Honolulu.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating would be pretty low in California, but they’d still be better than Rick Scott’s.

Here is a statement from Scott’s office.

“We are on the path to creating 700,000 jobs, but it can’t be done without making tough decisions. Governor Scott wasn’t elected to be most popular, he was elected to turn Florida’s economy around and help people get back to work. As you will see at tomorrow’s budget signing, Governor Scott will continue to do what’s right for Florida, making the tough calls and holding government accountable.”

Okay, I hear ya but, like I’ve said so many times before. Governor Scott’s inability to inform the public of how his method of job creation works will hurt him, his entire time in office.

If they can’t see you, they can’t trust you.

Tomorrow, Rick Scott is going to The Villages, a super retirement community, to sign the state’s budget. The Villages is a Tea Party Stronghold and should be a friendly audience for Scott, but what about Sunrail? If he green lights that project (and he’s hinted he might) he’ll lose a group of voters that have been with him, since day one.

He’ll get some polite applause from his opponents but, it’s not going to change their opinion on how he’s doing overall. They’ve still got that elections bill, teacher-merit pay, and high speed rail to point at.

It’s a very real possibility that being more moderate would actually hurt Scott’s approval rating. It’s not fair but, that’s the way it is.

He’s got to create some jobs in a hurry. You’ll find that when the unemployment rate goes down, your approval rating goes up.

A 29% approval rating means you're losing support from all sides