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The Rogue Republic–Info Ink Book Review

I reside in the area that was once called Republic of West Florida….a fascinated study of the area and the time….a good read….pick it up!

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The Rogue Republic by William C. Davis

Once again I must come clean with some bad habits…..a messy desk…..I bought this book several months ago and lost it in the clutter that is my life…..I have been doing massive amounts of research for a couple of posts that are in the works…I decided to clean my mess and found the book I forgot I had gotten several months ago……

I live in the area that this book is written about and a period of time that I find very interesting…..the period just after the Constitution battle and just before the War of 1812……

The year is 1810 and for a short shining moment in history my area was a free and independent republic….the Republic of West Florida……Mr. Davis made the players seem personal as if you knew them intimately…..the Kempers, Callers, the Spanish authorities, the Territorial authorities and even the…

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Buy And Shop Locally

28 April 2009 Leave a comment

We have all seen the ads on the tube where local business leaders stand around and tell you that it is your duty to help the local economy during this time of crisis by shopping and buying locally.

But where is the incentive for the consumer to do so?  They will go where they save a buck, not because some overpaid spokesperson is saying to to so.

Recently I read an article about the use of BerkShares, a currency printed by some local people in the Massachusetts area.

BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region. Dubbed a “great economic experiment” by the New York Times, BerkShares are a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for an alternative economic future for their communities. Launched in the fall of 2006, BerkShares had a robust initiation, with over one million BerkShares having been circulated in the first nine months and over two million to date. Currently, more than three hundred and fifty businesses have signed up to accept the currency. Five different banks have partnered with BerkShares, with a total of twelve branch offices now serving as exchange stations. For BerkShares, this is only the beginning. Future plans could involve BerkShare checking accounts, electronic transfer of funds, ATM machines, and even a loan program to facilitate the creation of new, local businesses manufacturing more of the goods that are used locally.
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for more information about BerkShares.

This is a better idea that needs exploring  if these people are serious about shoppinmg and spending locally.  This concept fulfills all the criteria of shopping locally and helping the establishments.

The problem is that Mississippi is never serious about the local thing….local business do not pay the political bills and buy few friends, real friends.  Coastians need to give with their local reps and force these people to do something for the Coast and its  people and businesses.

I am afraid that my writing is falling on blind eyes….but that is not unusual.

Teacher/Student Sex Scandal–The UpDate

17 February 2009 Leave a comment

North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade teacher Catryna L. Martin has been arrested on charges accusing her of sex crimes against a former student she’d apparently been tutoring at her home.  Martin is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl while she was at her teacher’s home for tutoring. Harrison County Justice Court Judge set Martin’s bond at $1 million.

There seems to be an epidemic of such situations in the US lately…these teachers, people in positions of trust, are violating much more than a simple case of trust…they are sexual predators.  What can the state do to try and curb such behavior from our educators?

The state has a bill, HB 1196, which would strengthen the case against such violations.

HB 1196 states:

AN ACT TO REQUIRE SUPERINTENDENTS OF ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THEIR DESIGNEE TO REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF EDUCATOR MISCONDUCT AND UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO PROVIDE THE GROUNDS REQUIRED FOR REPORTING THE MISCONDUCT; TO IMPOSE THE TIME REQUIRED FOR SUBMITTING THOSE REPORTS TO THE DEPARTMENT; TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LIABILITY TO SUPERINTENDENTS OR THEIR DESIGNEE FILING A REPORT WITH THE DEPARTMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 97-5-24, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE PRINCIPAL AND SUPERINTENDENT TO REPORT EMPLOYEES HAVING A POSITION OF AUTHORITY OR SPECIAL TRUST ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL INVOLVEMENT WITH A MINOR CHILD ENROLLED IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WITH JURISDICTION AND TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO AMEND SECTION 97-29-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ENGAGING IN SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ONE WITH THE OTHER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This would help the state track any and all violations from ANY teacher that had committed any such offense.  It would have kept the entire state and its different school systems safer from sexual predators.

But if you have noticed….I have been using the past ense…and I would bet you like to knoe why…..that one is really simple…..HB 1196 died in committee on 12 Feb 09 and Martin was arrested a day or so later.  Will there be a motion to reconsider?

This is where there is a break down in the legislative system…they have plenty of time patting people on the back and naming bridges and highways…but real import issues somehow just cannot make it through the system.

Think about their track records, not their bill introductions, but rather what did they actually accomplish; when they ask for your vote the next election…….personally I would vote for my dog before any of the ones that hold office at this time…at least she could do no worse than them.

She Would Have My Support

10 February 2009 Leave a comment

Fans of porn star Stormy Daniels are drafting her to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana now held by Republican Sen. David Vitter. And it’s no racy gimmick, they say.

The Draft Stormy Web site says that “2010 presents the Pelican State with the opportunity to start with a clean slate — to elect a representative that we can be proud of, who will work tirelessly, and who will challenge the status quo. We at the Draft Stormy campaign feel that Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels is best suited to fulfill these duties.”

Vitter is famous — or infamous — for his link to the “D.C. Madam,” the woman who ran a prostitution ring. Elected to the Senate in 2004, he admitted to “a very serious sin in my past” in July 2007 after his phone number turned up in records of an escort service run by the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the D.C. Madam.

Running for re-election, Vitter said his wife has forgiven him and is banking on the same sentiment from his constituents. Will the Draft Stormy move mean stormy weather for Vitter?

She said she’s planning a “listening tour” around Louisiana to talk about a range of matters, including the economy — which along with women in business and protection of children are the three issues listed on her Web site. When told Vitter can be a tough opponent, she said she’s “always up for a good fight.”

We never have this in Mississippi,  too tight ass.  We have guys who are Dems that vote Repub, we have those we are not sure of what the stand for and we have had racist, etc.  I would support her simply because she could not do any worse than the guys in there now.  Her negotiating skills would be legendary.

Abortion

7 November 2007 Leave a comment

Have you ever noticed, that the women that are against abortion, you would not want to have sex with them anyway? And why is it that when the child is in the womb it is of paramount concern, but not so much once it is born? Explain that!

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