Feb 112011

We here in Tampa owe a debt of gratitude to the Sterling District’s representative on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Eugene Delgaudio, for his excellent description of Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Festival. I’ve sort of blown it off (pardon the pun) over the past few years. It’s crowded, jostling, and drunken mess down on Bayshore. Obviously it’s changed a lot since last we went, so I may have to start going again.

Delgaudio also has a scam he runs to bring in a nice annual salary sending out missives as the self-titled “Public Advocate of the United States.” So in a recent fund raising letter one of the most famously loony tunes anti-gay activists in the United States described Tampa’s parade thusly:

The event is a full two weeks of seemingly family oriented events, with parades and treasure hunts around the city. But in recent years Radical Homosexuals have been intent on turning it into a two week alcohol fueled display of public debauchery. Organizers started by purposefully making the parade route zig-zag so no one could call it a “straight parade.”

Word is that Radical Homosexuals have infiltrated as event organizers to promote homosexual events that are designed to prey upon unsuspecting college students by enticing them to join their “krewes” and help build parade floats in exchange for free alcohol. When the young men are sufficiently intoxicated, homosexuals dressed as pirates whisk them away to God knows where to take advantage of them sexually. There are even countless stories of any number of immoral sex act being performed by open homosexuals – some even in broad daylight during the event.

WOW! We’ve sure been missing out, so I can’t wait for next year’s parade. In the meantime, be sure to send Eugene a nice fat contribution. I guess he wants to “come” next year too, since in his missive he asks for money.

Gotta love a County that would elect this guy to anything…you go Loudoun

News for the Week Ending August 12, 2007

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Aug 132007

Teenager Walks Away from Six Story FallDayton Daily News

 MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A teenager fell six stories from a hotel balcony but walked away with just bruises and scrapes.

Matthew Savage, 17, was reaching up to a balcony one floor above to grab a bathing suit that had fluttered down from the 11th floor when he tumbled over the railing Friday. Savage hit other balconies on his way down and slammed onto a slanted rooftop, then slid into bushes. After landing in the bushes, he got up and started walking back to his room. But paramedics strapped him to a board and flew him to a hospital, where tests showed he was fine.

I know enough about being a teenager at Myrtle Beach to know he’d probably had a few. And that’s probably what saved him.

Huge Spam Spike This WeekPC World

A massive spam blast that started Tuesday is still in progress and shows no sign of abating, a security company said. “The scale of this stock pump-and-dump spam campaign is like nothing we’ve seen before,” said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos PLC.

I’ve noticed it as I monitor the companies spam service, Frontbridge, and the one I use personally, Spam Arrest. It’s just amazing that these things keep coming, but I guess it means there are enough gullible people to make it worth while.

Pinellas Paramedics Cleared in DeathSt. Pete Times

It seems that a guy had a heart attack on the hospital grounds about 200 feet from the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital Emergency Room. However, since he was a non-veteran, Bay Pines refused to treat him. So, Paramedics had to call a supervisor for guidance, and subsequently took him to St. Petersburg General where the guy died.

You would think that maybe the VA would be a little more sensitive to their current public relations situation, but I guess not.

Fighting Abroad and Fighting At Home

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Nov 102005

Tomorrow, America will observe Veteran’s Day in honor of the sacrifice and contributions of the more than 25 million men and women who donned the uniform to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. The occasion will surely be marked with remembrance of, and respect for, a future generation of veterans — the 160,000 soldiers fighting in Iraq and another 18,000 soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan. Regardless of the respectable differences that exist regarding the Iraq war, the nation is united in honoring a current generation of soldiers who continue to showcase the courage, bravery, and skill worthy of the honor bestowed upon previous generations of American soldiers. There is increasing widespread concern, however, that as soldiers return from their overseas assignments with physical and mental impairments, the Department of Veterans Affairs may not have the capacity to properly serve them. Because "soldiers in Iraq are surviving wounds that in earlier wars would have been fatal," there will continue to be an increasing need for the Bush administration to provide the necessary resources to "care for those who shall have borne the battle," a mission the administration has not yet properly prepared itself to fulfill.

A NEED THAT HAS NOT BEEN MET: National Adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans, Arthur Wilson, recently wrote, "[I]nstead of honoring its commitment to those whose service and sacrifice have kept us free and safe, our government has launched a devastating assault on benefits for America’s veterans." The frustration results from watching an administration incompetently deal with the need to fund veterans health care and disability services. When President Bush released his annual budget in February 2005, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) said, "If this budget — and its misguided proposals — were enacted, it would devastate VA health care." The American Legion offered similar criticism. A few months later, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) warned, "There is a train wreck coming in veterans’ health care." Rather than address the issue, VA Secretary Jim Nicholson claimed, "I can assure you that VA does not need" additional funds. But then in June, Nicholson came back to Congress and admitted the department didn’t have the sufficient resources to deal with the incoming number of wounded soldiers. Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) called it an "embarrassment." The Senate then voted to approve an extra $1.5 billion for veterans’ health care. Yet, given the increasing demand for VA services, the need still has not been fully met.

UNPREPARED FOR PTSD: As soldiers return from the battlefront, many are reporting that they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after life-threatening events such as combat. Victims often suffer with nightmares, flashbacks, sleeplessness and anger and feel detached or estranged." As one soldier described his experience, "My nightmares are so intense I woke up one night with my hands round my fiancee’s throat." Studies show 20 to 30 percent of combat vets will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and a recent Army study of veterans returning from Iraq suggests that as many as 240,000 could suffer from some degree of PTSD. USA Today reported that more than "one in four U.S. troops have come home from the Iraq war with health problems that require medical or mental health treatment." Veterans receiving disability checks for PTSD jumped 80 percent from 1999 through 2004, from 120,000 to 216,000. That increase alone cost the VA an additional $2.6 billion in benefits." Secretary Nicholson seems to recognize the problem, recently stating that many of the wounded "will be in the VA system for the rest of their lives." But whether the VA is ready to make a lifetime commitment to these veterans remains to be seen.

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