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>Hey, Newsmax: Put Up Or Shutup!


August 16, 2010

Hey, Newsmax:

Why don’t you do us all a favor and put up or shut up? You’ve shown that lies can change an election. Since you started your attack on Rick Scott, his numbers in the polls have dropped dramatically. You should be proud of yourselves.
You claim Scott left his company with over $300 million in earnings, but where’s the proof?You spout off this figure, but never have proven a thing. Where’s you substantiation? Now, I don’t have a problem with an owner of a company taking profits, but that seems a mite excessive so if you are going to say these things about anyone you have a moral obligation to cite your authority and give us the innocent readers, the taxpayers and voters, the figures from a certified accounting office or more than just your say so. You haven’t much credibility in my opinion.
But, hey, you have said a lot of disparaging things about Bill McCollum’s opponent in the gubernatorial race here in Florida. What’s in it for you to have a career politician in the statehouse? He is supported by every Bilderberger I know of. It’s about time we got an independent in as governor – someone who could help reduce taxes and expenses. McCollum is an attorney, not a businessman. He can’t and won’t cut taxes.
I have written you before without response. Is this the way good journalists like you react when challenged? Come forth with backup and clear the air if you intend to play like you are credible reporters and perhaps – who knows – I’ll be one of your biggest or staunchest supporters. You owe every one of us at least that. This goes for anyone there, including Mr. Kessler. 
Don White
A concerned citizen
Windermere, FL

— On Mon, 8/16/10,  wrote:

Subject: McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott
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Date: Monday, August 16, 2010, 7:35 PM
Breaking from
McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott
By Jim Meyers
Bill McCollum has opened a 12 percentage-point lead over Rick Scott in his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in Florida, according to a new poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows McCollum with 45 percent of the vote, Scott with 33 percent, and roughly 20 percent undecided.
Attorney General McCollum has a comfortable lead over businessman Scott among moderates, 48 percent to 27 percent, as well as conservatives — 43 percent to 36 percent, according to the polling firm, McLaughlin & Associates. He also has a huge lead over Scott among Hispanic voters, 52 percent to 21 percent.
A Mason-Dixon poll released last week showed McCollum leading Scott by four percentage points, as did a survey by the Florida Medical Association.
McCollum’s comeback has amazed political observers and McCollum critics and supporters alike. Some earlier surveys had him trailing Scott by double digits, and as recently as Aug. 4, a Mason-Dixon poll showed Scott leading McCollum by 37 percent to 31 percent.
Voters evidently are becoming increasing concerned about Scott’s highly questionable business dealings and his refusal to release a deposition he gave in regard to a lawsuit alleging fraudulent practices at a healthcare company he now heads.
The new allegations likely remind voters of fraudulent practices uncovered at Scott’s former company, Columbia/HCA, the nation’s largest hospital chain.
In 1997, Scott was forced to resign as CEO of the firm while it was being investigated for massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The FBI launched a multistate probe that led to the firm pleading guilty to criminal charges of overbilling the government.
It remains the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history, and ended with Columbia/HCA paying a record $1.7 billion in fines, penalties and damages.
Scott, who walked away from the company with $310 million, accepted responsibility for what occurred at Columbia and said he had learned “hard lessons” from the case.
But Scott is once again under pressure, this time for his role at Solantic — a chain of about 30 walk-in Florida clinics he co-founded after leaving Columbia/HCA — as the company, ironically, faces an allegation of billing irregularities involving Medicare.
Two physicians who worked for Solantic filed lawsuits claiming the company repeatedly used their names and medical license information without their permission. Both suits have been settled.
One suit, by Dr. Randy Prokes, also claimed that Solantic improperly billed Medicare when a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor saw a patient.
Scott gave a videotaped deposition regarding one of the lawsuits six days before announcing his candidacy for governor, but he has rebuffed calls for the release of the deposition, saying “it’s a private matter.”
“Scott’s negatives have been steadily growing over the past several weeks, and McCollum now has better image ratings among Republican primary voters than Scott does,” the Tarrance Group, which conducted the poll for the Florida Medical Association, said in a statement.
“Scott’s ability to compete for the remaining undecided vote has grown extremely difficult.”
Scott’s campaign seems undeterred, and will likely spend over $50 million of his own money in an effort to snag a victory.
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>People Who Live In Glass Houses. . . Rocks?


We live in a beautiful neo-Mediteranian house in Florida and it has plenty of glass. How can we endure the endless golden red sunsets? Quite nicely, thank you. Our home has a southeast front exposure and a northwest back exposure. Usually when people live in glass houses, they immediately find themselves installing draperies and blinds to shade them from the sun.

We don’t share that difficulty because of the forethought that went into the home’s design. All but one of the back windows are under copious lanais and overhangs. When it rains, or when the sun shines, we are not greatly affected.

Our masterbedroom has the bay windows that are not covered by wide overhangs. Thus, we have installed blinds to shade us from the sun, however these windows are on the extreme north and get sun only in the afternoon.
It’s just a great home in this regard.

However, we’re hearing of people in New York, for example, who bought or built their homes because of the beautiful view of Manhattan, the Hudson or East Rivers, and even the Ocean views. Most people love to look across town and see these shinning marvels of architectural genius gleaming in the golden sun. It’s stunning, really.

But these high-rises were not built with copious overhangs, skyscrapers never are. Thus, they are exposed to Mr. Sun. The sun not only becomes a nuisance at certain times of the day, but it fades furniture, wood floors, and other things in its way. If you have paintings on the walls and the sun glaring down on them, watch out. They will soon fade.

The homes below have glassed-in ceilings which are very attractive and allow light into rooms that otherwise might be dark and gloomy. it’s a great idea if these ceiling lites are placed properly, perhaps where the sun doesn’t glare down on the house all day. Otherwise, the airc onditioning bill will go out of sight.

The following is a story I want to refer you to about this “problem”–which is only a problem to some, not us.
Read the article, “People Who Live In Glass Houses by Sara Lin of the Wall Street Journal.
To read the story click here

>Foreclosures Up Almost 50% In May

Foreclosures Rise 48% in May
As U.S. Housing Woes Deepen
Associated Press
June 13, 2008 9:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. homeowners swept up in the housing crisis rose further last month, with foreclosure filings up nearly 50% from a year earlier, a foreclosure listing company said Friday.

Across the U.S., 261,255 homes received at least one foreclosure-related filing in May, up 48% from 176,137 a year earlier and up 7% from April, RealtyTrac Inc. said.

One in every 483 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing in May, the highest number since RealtyTrac started the report in 2005 and the second-straight monthly record. RealtyTrac monitors default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions.

Foreclosure filings increased in all but 10 states. Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida and Michigan had the highest statewide foreclosure rates.

Metropolitan areas in California and Florida accounted for nine of the top 10 areas with the highest rate of foreclosure. That list was led by Stockton, Calif. and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area in Florida.

The story said that 50% to 60% of those receiving foreclosure notices would actually lose their homes. The remainder would refinance or make repayment agreements with the mortgage companies and banks.
Read the entire AP story: