Friday, October 21, 2016

Missing Medical Marijuna Amendment?

It's shit like this!
Former Oakland Park Commissioner Anne Sallee noticed something troubling about her vote-by-mail ballot. It is missing Constitutional Amendment 2, the medical marijuana question.

Sallee, now Broward chapter director of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, knows her way around government. Yet she said she spent a week unsuccessfully trying to get someone at the Broward elections office to pay attention to her complaint.

"They said, 'Oh, no, you're mistaken. It's there,' " she recounted.

The ballot, a scanned image of which Sallee sent to the Sun Sentinel, goes from Amendment 1 to Amendment 3.

Broward Elections Supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes said Wednesday that she hasn't seen Sallee's ballot yet and can't confirm there's something wrong with it. But she and her technical staff spent much of the day investigating, and found no evidence of faulty ballots being sent to voters.

"We have a check-and-balance system. We can go back and see what we did send to the printer," she said. "When you're dealing with this much paper and this many people, we may have made a mistake. But I haven't heard a lot of people saying, 'I don't have it, either.' We've already sent [Sallee] another ballot."

Snipes said her office plans to retrieve it "we can start to examine what may have caused the problem."

Snipes was cleared Wednesday in another election snafu, the early posting of primary election results. Her office also was criticized for sending out inaccurate voter ID cards, and for printing ballots for November that include the word "no" in the "yes" line on the county's transportation sales surtax question.
Give it up establishment.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tom J. Manos - South Florida Lawyer of the Day!

Not for nothing, but Spencer's got company.

This guy.

I stumbled on Tom's website and the guy had me with the pithy quotes of Tom J. Manos.
"The only problems that cannot be solved are the imaginary ones"
-- Tom J. Manos
“A fearless heart is half the battle; the rest is creativity and perseverance.”
-- Tom J. Manos
"I love the law despite its flaws because it always at least tries to do the right thing. Ever since I was a kid, I've felt compelled to speak out against injustice and fight for what is right. My job lets me do that every day and, perhaps, leave the world just a little better than I found it."
— Tom J. Manos
Then I saw the pictures!

How can you not hire this guy? He smokes a pipe!

N.B. A little birdie told me that Tom has some skills on the bass guitar. So Tom, if the band needs a musician, my Grandma taught me how to play the spoons, bigly.


So did you all see Orange Hitler get shredded by Pantsuit Woman last night? Things got nasty...
Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton's answer on Social Security to call her "such a nasty woman." "I am on record as saying we need to put more money into the Social Security trust fund," Clinton said. "That's part of my commitment to raise taxes on the wealthy. My Social Security payroll contribution will go up as will Donald's, assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it, but what we want to do is--"

"Such a nasty woman," Trump interjected.

"--replenish the trust fund by making sure we have sufficient resources," Clinton continued, without missing a beat, "and that will come from either raising the cap and/or finding other ways to get more money into it. I will not cut benefits. I want to enhance benefits for low-income workers and for women who have been disadvantaged by the current social security system."
But that was really nothing compared with his refusal to commit to accepting the results of the election.

Which President Bush, which President Clinton?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ou Est Le Soleil?

Where is the sun? Not here! If you support the expansion of solar power in the sunshine state, watch out for the duplicitous Amendment 1.
The August primary proved just how much the importance of solar energy is resonating with Floridians. Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, a measure that provides property tax breaks for business owners. This was a huge step forward for the state and solar energy supporters everywhere.

However, Florida's regulated power monopolies are now attempting to manipulate and capitalize on this wave of solar support with the creation of Amendment 1.

When voters head to the polls in November, they will be presented with an extremely misleading description of Amendment 1. Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, the proposal highlights how it would grant homeowners the right to install solar panels on their houses – a right many Floridians don't realize they already have, and do not need a constitutional amendment for.
If you take a closer look at the fine print on this measure, you'll see the amendment actually paves the way to drastically stunt Florida's solar energy growth. Amendment 1 would place all solar energy generation under the state's big utility monopolies, giving them the power to financially penalize consumers who install solar and limit solar options in Florida.
So who is behind this deceptive ploy? Amendment 1 is publicly backed by Consumers for Smart Solar — an organization that sounds like a pro-solar advocacy group at first read. However, Consumers for Smart Solar is merely a clever and devious campaign funded by the largest electric companies in the state, including Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power Co.
 The Florida Supreme Court really dropped the ball by allowing this poorly worded Amendment to go forward in the first place. Take it down by voting no on 1!

Go Comment On The Local Rules!

I believe this is from what Scotty calls his "Bathroom Series"™

The Local Rules En Banc Hearing to receive comments on proposed changes to the Southern District of Florida's Local Rules, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 6th in West Palm Beach, was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. In light of this development, Chief Judge K. Michael Moore previously extended the comment period on the proposed local rules. 
The deadline for submitting either written comments to the proposed Local Rules or to submit a written request to appear at the Local Rules En Banc hearing to make oral comments will be Friday, October 21, 2016.  Written comments or requests to appear must be submitted to the Clerk of Court no later than the close of business on October 21st at the following email address: 
A complete set of the proposed Local Rule revisions can be found on the Court's website at .
See, this crappy blog now delivers public service messages!

What would you like to see changed?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Does This Seem Like a Good Time to Revise the Florida Constitution?

Our Florida-centric Constitutional forefathers (thank you Sandy!) thought ahead and figured we ought to add a touch of "permanent revolution" to this ongoing enterprise we call Flori-dah:
Labarga’s selection process is expected to be less partisan and more weighted toward legal acumen than others. For instance, Gov. Rick Scott will choose 15 of the 37 commissioners and selects its chairperson.
That's comforting.

Good luck to Alex, Mark and the other applicants -- don't screw this (anymore) up!

In other news, all those arseholes you have to deal with on FB are not necessarily born that way -- and can be cured with a good liberal college education and a few Orthodox Jews!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Belated 3d DCA Watch -- Almost All Hallow's Eve Edition!

So I'm sure many of you -- like me -- were suited up in tribal gear, elaborate face paint, carrying horns and pitchforks and screaming obscenities, utterly transfixed by insert sporting event here TCM's showing of Peter Cushing's 1958 sequel The Revenge of Frankenstein, famously reviewed by a tart Observer critic as "a vulgar, stupid, nasty, and intolerably tedious business. ...I want to gargle it off with a strong disinfectant, to scrub my memory with carbolic soap."

Ahh, Sundays in October!


HSBC's lawyers play cute with the bunker:
HSBC did not respond to an order directing it to file an answer brief, nor has it filed a memorandum of points and authorities in support of its position.  Although counsel has since appeared on its behalf, HSBC has not filed a response to the Collazos’ motion for rehearing and for certification.
You never call, you never write!

Oh yeah, that City of Miami thing.

Hah hah HSBC confessed error (in a later case).

"Your blood will congeal!"

(And now I am talking about the Canes.)

Friday, October 14, 2016

"If I Had a Rocket Launcher....."

I'd make somebody pay:

Good luck in trial Spence (I genuinely love the guy).

BTW I'll get up your treasured 3d DCA Watch whenever the hail I feel like it, enough with the calls and letters!

Thursday, October 13, 2016