Nobody asked me, but -
. . . How stupid can the cops be? A self-accusatory confession by John Couey, the murderer of Jessica Lunsford, was thrown out because when being questioned he asked for a lawyer and police ignored him. Even worse, the sheriff of Citrus County praised the clowns who made this grievous error. It is not a technicality; it is a material important part of the law. Fortunately, Couey will be convicted because there is enough other evidence. All people should know that when apprehended by police do nothing except ask for a lawyer. Believe it.
. . . Note to Largo City Manager Steve Stanton - do something about that ugly and tattered fence that runs along Central Park Drive from 8th Avenue to where the Largo Public Library property takes up. Whatever it takes, do something.
. . . I am sick and tired of being asked to "press 1" for English when calling one source or another. Being asked for my native language, in my native country? Absurd. Let the newcomers learn our language instead of kowtowing to them. This country is headed for a disaster.
. . . Clearwater's city manager in hot water again for inept handling of situations. Said he did not know these words were a threat - "The scheduled vote of no confidence on Chief (Jamie) Geer, regardless of the outcome, will generate unintended consequences for your IAFF Local 1158 members. I hope that you and your board are prepared to accept the internal and public unintended consequences that are sure to come during and after the vote." Those words were in an e-mail sent by Bill Horne. What did he think they were, terms of endearment?
. . . The Passing Parade - A former Largo commissioner was enjoying breakfast with his spouse one recent morning at a local eatery when in swept Her Majesty the Mayor. The former commish got a curt hello, otherwise the deep freeze from Her Highness. Trouble is - no one is surprised by this behavior.
. . . Pam Bondi, a member of the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office, is quite the publicity hound. She gets a lot of TV exposure on cable news - once again, beauty beats brains. Betcha she winds up as a talking head on national TV.
. . . If Largo hicockalorums want to name the old library building after a true leader and hero in security rights for African-Americans, the name to consider is Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who was miles ahead of King, et al. and did far more in advancing the black cause in America.
. . . Our American aristocracy is found in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. These jokers pass laws that apply to you and me, but the lawmakers exempt themselves. They are generally protected from arrest. They get top medical care. They lead hidden and charmed (and very often) lubricious lives.
. . . Probably the greatest single site for the transmission of germs if not actual diseases is the Largo Public Library where anyone with anything can use the keyboards on the swarm of computers available there. Shouldn't have computers in the library - there are limits on what taxpayers can supply the masses.
. . . Shouldn't there be some way to pre-qualify those who want to run for public office, especially on the level of the small cities and towns around here? For example, one elected type locally didn't know the difference between a right of way and an easement, when the question came up. Whew!
. . . Not to worry now about those Largo police officers helping out in neighboring Belleair. Sachems of both cities finally got around to getting relatively poorer Largo some bucks from relatively richer Belleair - $14,500 a month. And don't worry about Largo police taking an hour to respond to some guy getting the tar whaled out of him. And (wink, wink) Largo has a tremendous benefit from having two of its finest in Belleair - they are getting the equivalent of a master's degree in management. Gee.
. . . If you thought you stumbled into some zany world while surfing through your TV recently with all the talk about angels dancing on the head of a pin (but how many at one time?) relax. It was just the Largo City Commission up to its usual hijinks. The commissioners were engaging in the theology of pre-meeting praying.
. . . Is anyone checking the members of the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission for weapons and other sharp objects when the quintet gathers? There is some nasty infighting going on there. The people's business? Oh, they'll get to that later once egos and vengeance are satisfied.
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