Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

You sly little spender, you:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.
Sample Amex Bill

Somehow this didn't get into the Repbulicanned debate in St. Petersgurgle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov 28 (Reuters) - If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida's nuclear power plants, three of its prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said. Reuters.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rudy Giuliani, the front-runner in the Republican presidential race in Florida, is viewed by his party's primary voters there as the best candidate to lead the fight against terrorism, a survey released Wednesday says. CNN

To all you poor, terrorized Floridians back in the Heimat:

Check it out. Listen to Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. Find out how you, ignorant of history, are determined to repeat it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Florida Land of Murphy's Law

Good heavens, wasn't Yanni – Yanni! arrested in Manalapan last year following an alleged domestic dispute? Celebrities + Florida = trouble

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

We are shocked. shocked.

Giuliani's business ties create challenge

. . .drew Giuliani into a complex partnership with the family of a controversial Hong Kong billionaire who has ties to the regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Il and has been linked to international organized crime. . .
add to the list of clients a Las Vegas development firm looking to build a casino in Singapore. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the firm has ties to a Hong Kong firm run by the son of a Chinese gambling magnate.

This revelation comes two weeks after the Wall Street Journal revealed another heretofore undisclosed client of Giuliani's firm: the government of Qatar, a Persian Gulf state. . . WaPo

But Kerik's indictment last Thursday indicates that the White House was dealing with bigger problems: Kerik's ties to the mob. TPM
So far, the New York Times has nothing to say. UPDATE! On Nov. 24, the New York Times grasped the idea of the Kerik story, essentially by cloning its competitors' accounts.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Floridians Consistent in Political Moronicity


Poll shows Rudy Giuliani is most popular with Florida voters (with poll)

TALLAHASSEE - Rudy Giuliani is the most popular presidential contender among Florida voters, outpacing rival Republicans and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to an Orlando Sentinel poll released Monday.

With the election less than a year away, the former New York mayor leads Clinton 50 percent to 43 percent, with 7 percent undecided, in a head-to-head matchup. . . .

She fares particularly poorly among male voters. Sixty-two percent of men said they would not support the New York senator, who in a recent speech denounced the "all-boys' club of presidential politics."

If Giuliani fails to win the Republican nomination, the survey showed the race more of a tossup, within the poll's margin of error, with Clinton narrowly trailing Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.

Thompson would defeat Clinton 48 percent to 44 percent, while Romney edges Clinton 46 percent to 45 percent, according to the survey.

Any fascist DICKtator in a storm.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Pleasures of Polk County

Polk Authorities Finding More Marijuana Grow Houses

Published: November 19, 2007

LAKELAND - The numbers are striking.

Deputies and police in Polk County say they have raided and dismantled 34 marijuana "grow houses" in the county through the first 10 months of 2007.

In all of 2006, that number was three.

Who wants Rudy?

People who hate women, for one:

"Put me down as anybody but Hillary," said Jeff Carroll, 51, a band director at a private school in Fort Lauderdale. "Giuliani could be the president."

"Every woman in the country is going to vote for Hillary," scoffed Brian Landis, 43, a tree surgeon from Deerfield Beach, shaking his head in disgust. "They're just going to vote for her. I like Giuliani. It's who I know. It's who I trust." Rudy Giuliani A NASCAR Fan?

People who admire someone who will say anything to get elected, for another:

Now, Rudolph W. Giuliani says, he "really" is a NASCAR fan.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Guess Who?

He goes around the country on abortion saying, “Well, I reduced -- or abortions came down in the City of New York while I was mayor.” Well, they declined everywhere in America. The one place they did not decline was in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation that he ran. The number of abortions increased during the course of his mayoralty in the hospitals he ran. Now, not only did the number of abortions increase, but late-term abortions, what the mayor and others like to call partial-birth abortions -- we became a magnet for late-term abortions. In New York City Health and Hospitals Corporations, we had some of the best doctors in the country performing late-term abortions in New York City facilities under Mayor Giuliani. So it isn’t just a matter of he was pro-choice; he implemented that in concrete policy. The City of New York is one of the very few places -- now, this started before Giuliani, but he continued -- that will pay for the abortion of any woman who’s not covered by Medicaid, where it’s not a medically necessary decision. Rudy Giuliani paid for thousands of those abortions with city funds, when Medicaid wouldn’t. Wayne Barrett

Wingnut Penilians, Know Thy Leaders and Your Bloody Selves

AMY GOODMAN: You talk, Craig Unger, about American evangelism in this book. You talk about George Bush’s religion. And you talk about Tim LeHay, as well as the new right’s multibillion-dollar effort bankrolled by billionaire philanthropists to completely reframe the national debate. Talk about -- begin with George W. Bush and his religion and his story of his conversion with Billy Graham, which he says isn’t true.

CRAIG UNGER: Right. Well, the widespread story -- and he wrote about it, or at least it was ghostwritten, in his campaign autobiography for 2000, A Charge to Keep -- it’s a story George Bush has told again and again, that in 1985 Billy Graham was in Kennebunkport, Maine with him and his parents, and the two men went for a long walk, and it was at that moment that he began to accept Christ.

Well, Billy Graham himself says he has absolutely no memory of it. But more than that, I talked to Mickey Herskowitz, who’s a Houston sportswriter and a close friend of Bush Sr., and he was hired to ghostwrite that campaign autobiography, A Charge to Keep. And as he was ghostwriting it, during that process, he had about twenty sit-down interviews with George W. Bush in Austin, and he very specifically asked Bush what conversation took place with Billy Graham. At the time, Bush had absolutely no memory of the conversation himself. So Herskowitz sort of prodded him, and he said, “Well, would he have said something like, ‘Are you right with Jesus?’” And Bush said, “No, he wouldn’t have said that.” Well, at a certain point, Herskowitz gave the tapes to Karen Hughes, who was Bush’s communications director, and in the course of finishing the book, Herskowitz's words were put in Billy Graham's mouth.

Now, I later went back, and I found a guy named Arthur Blessitt. And it turns out that even earlier, it was Blessitt who really converted Bush to Jesus. In 1984, he had made a trip to Midland, Texas and then met at a Holiday Inn. There were three people present at the meeting: Bush, a member of his Bible studies group named Jim Sale -- I talked to Jim Sale -- and Arthur Blessitt himself, who I also interviewed.

And Blessitt is most famous for carrying a twelve-foot cross of Jesus around the world. He’s been to more than 300 countries, walked 30,000 miles. And he had a Jesus Coffee House in Los Angeles, where he was most famous for what was called the toilet baptism.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Delray Beach finally good for something, sez NY Times

Delray Beach, a funky outpost of sobriety between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, is the epicenter of the country’s largest and most vibrant recovery community, with scores of halfway houses, more than 5,000 people at 12-step meetings each week, recovery radio shows, a recovery motorcycle club and a coffeehouse that boasts its own therapy group. %^*&^*&^*

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A warm Florida welcome for Pat Robertson's scrotal sacmate

Seminoles assume responsibility for further infantalizing of Florida

Florida reaches gambling deal with Seminole Tribe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov 14 (Reuters) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday announced a 25-year compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer Las Vegas-style gambling on tribal lands across the state.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Florida has the most peculiar accidents

Woman's body is discovered in a trash can


SARASOTA COUNTY -- An 87-year-old woman was found dead inside a trash can on Sunday at her home in the 5300 block of Anthony Lane.

According to a preliminary report, there were no signs of foul play, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chuck Lesaltato.

Lesaltato said the death was accidental.

Deputies went to the home to check on Margaret Hutchinson after her daughter called to say she had not heard from her, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

A woman who answered the phone at a relative's house said that she had no idea what happened.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Rudy, they barely knew ye

Client base

Giuliani Partners has been categorized by various media outlets as a lobbying entity capitalizing on Giuliani's name recognition.[10][11] Clients of Giuliani Partners are required to sign confidentiality agreements, so they do not comment about the work they get done or the amount that thay have paid for it.[1] Giuliani himself has refused to talk about his clients, the work he did for them, the compensation he received from them, or any details about the company.[1]

One of Giuliani Partners' clients during this time included an admitted drug smuggler and millionaire founder of companies that perform electronic information gathering (datamining) on individuals, Hank Asher, who according to a shareholder in the company, hired Giuliani for his "influence with the federal government to enable Mr. Asher to take an active role in Seisint as a chief executive officer despite the allegations about his drug dealing." Giuliani helped Asher's company get $12 million in government grants.[1] After Asher's past was publicly revealed, he resigned from the company; Giuliani defended him to newspapers without mentioning that Asher was a paying client.[1] After Asher's resignation, investors in the company, Seisint, looked into how much Giuliani Partners had been paid: $2 million a year in fees, a commission on sales of Seisint products, and 800,000 warrants for Seisint stock, which would prove valuable when Seisent was sold to Lexis Nexis for $775 million. One investor sued the board, claiming that Giuliani's contributions had not been worth the large amount paid.[1][12]

In representing a pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, in a case against the Drug Enforcement Administration, Giuliani Partners negotiated a $2 million fine and no further penalty for what the DEA called "lax security" at plants that produced OxyContin, which the DEA said was being used as a recreational drug. The lead DEA investigator later said that Purdue Pharma got off easily in the case because of Giuliani's connections to government officials.[1] Giuliani later represented Purdue Pharma in a recently settled case in which the DEA accused the company of marketing OxyContin by playing down its level of addictive properties. Giuliani met with government lawyers six times to help negotiate a settlement in the case.[1]

Forbes reported in November 2006 that Giuliani Partners accepted fees from penny stock firms, made alliances that have gone nowhere and formed pacts with businesses and individuals that have come under scrutiny by regulators and law enforcement officers.[13] For instance, Giuliani Capital Advisors accepted 1.6 million warrants from Lighting Science Group at 60 cents, a fee of $150,000 and a promise to raise cash. The company went bankrupt, losing $412,000 on sales of $137,000 in the first part of 2006. Another venture CamelBak, started out under Giuliani's consulting arrangement with $31 million in sales, but was run into the ground with various missteps, including having the disgraced Bernard Kerik sit on its board. Forbes said Giuliani's most controversial deal was throwing in with a 2004 project with Applied DNA Sciences. Its backer, Richard Langley Jr. had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and commercial bribery in another penny stock scam.[14][15]

Mexico City hired Giuliani Partners to consult on its crime rate, hoping for a drop in crime like that New York City had experienced in the 1990s. Giuliani toured the city for a day and Giuliani Partners produced a report analyzing ways in which crime could be reduced. However, in the year after the plan was implemented, crime dropped 1% and some city officials expressed regret at hiring Giuliani for a $4.3 million fee. Some called it a "$4 million publicity stunt".[1] Some of the recommendations that were put into place included using Breathalyzers on drunk drivers and targeting "squeegee men".[16]

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fab Florida Reading for your Christmas List!

Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy

Florida Feature: Read about how some of the largest agri-bizzes in the Penile State -- Tropicana, Lykes Bros., e.g. -- profited off the backs of slave laborers in Immokalee and Lake Placid.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Florida Feature: See how Florida became the laboratory for disaster capitalism after the hurricanes that FEMA failed to do much of anything about. Read about how some Penile geniuses saw an opportunity for Rapture Escapist Riches and formed Emergency Concierge Helpjet -- when disaster strikes, they'll evacuate you in style -- and give you the VIP treatment in the Shangri-La of your choosing.

Penile State mourns loss of Conradic social vivacity

[Convicted tax evader Conrad] Black is free on $21 million (£10 million) bail and, barred from returning to his native Canada, awaiting sentencing at his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

In e-mails to Men’s Vogue magazine published recently, he said that he had been reading “apposite passages from ecclesiastical authors, especially Cardinal Newman” and trying to spend an hour each day drinking a “good French white wine” on his terrace.

“This experience tends to reduce social activity, not so much because of fewer invitations, though there is some of that, but because it has been such an ordeal anyone would naturally be less sociable. The subject of these travails becomes an 800lb gorilla nobody mentions.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Does Florida Print Licenses to Defraud Its Weakest?

Over 600 companies operating in Miami alone are under investigation for defrauding Medicare - that's six hundred - about one-third of those operating in the area, according to NPR.

The dollar totals are staggering: Law enforcement officials say they've uncovered more than a half-billion dollars in fraudulent claims this year in South Florida alone.
One has to wonder about a state that freely enables so many people to prey upon the sick and elderly under the auspices of the Division of Corporations.

"For example," Lopez says, "you have patients receiving two artificial legs in a year … when they never had … an amputation from a hospital."

Yes, you read it correctly: Six hundred companies - many of them allegedly scamming on medical equipment like this piece of choice Penilian shite --

MIAMI (Reuters) - One Miami-area medical equipment supplier managed to bill the U.S. government so often for a wheelchair it ended up costing $5 million.

Last year south Florida accounted for 80 percent of the drugs billed across the entire United States for Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS, even though the region only had about one in 10 of eligible HIV/AIDS patients.

Fraud against Medicare, the federal health insurer for America's 43 million elderly and disabled, has become so prevalent that it may rival the illegal drug trade as a crime of choice in a state long renowned for cocaine cartels, political shenanigans and swampland real estate scams.

In one case, said Alex Acosta, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, a company had billed Medicare for millions of dollars worth of specially formulated asthma medication prepared at what the owner claimed to be his own local pharmacy.

"The person wasn't a pharmacist, he was an air conditioner repairman. When we raided the so-called pharmacy where he mixed all these aerosols it was nothing more than a broom closet where all we found was a can of tar," Acosta told Reuters.

Fraud targeting health-care programs for seniors is not unique to south Florida, where many elderly Americans have retired to end their days in the sunshine.

But the authorities say it's become a huge and growing industry here.

"If you're a criminal and your sole goal is to make money, health-care fraud looks increasingly attractive," said Acosta.

"You can make several million dollars from health-care fraud and the penalties are much less severe than they are for narcotics trafficking," he added.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in annual Medicare spending, reported last month that south Florida seemed to be playing an unusually large role in the provision of infusion drug therapy -- medicines delivered intravenously outside a hospital or nursing home -- to Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with HIV or



In the second half of last year just three counties -- Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach -- accounted for half the total infusion drug therapy charges nationwide, and nearly 80 percent of the amount of drugs, billed across the entire United States for HIV/AIDS patients on Medicare, the report said.

It said the disparity was even greater before, most notably in the first half of 2005.

At the same time, only about 10 percent of national Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS lived in the three south Florida counties between July and December 2006.

There was no clinical explanation for the high level of billing in south Florida, according to the report.

In some cases, it said claims submitted by south Florida Medicare providers billing for HIV/AIDS services in the last half of 2006 totaled more than $1 million for each patient.

Local prosecutors have decided to go after the crooks.

Acosta said there was a dedicated team of about 60 people set up to combat Medicare fraud in south Florida, including about two-dozen FBI agents.

He added that his office was prosecuting about one in four health-care fraud cases nationally but complained that more resources were needed for prevention and enforcement.

His own budget for the fight totals less than $1 million per year, Acosta said.

"We could triple the number of cases prosecuted, yet again, but that's only going to make a small dent," he said.

Malcolm Sparrow, a fraud expert at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, said Florida had long been identified as "a hotbed of criminal entrepreneurship."

Medicare fraud in the state, as elsewhere in the U.S. health-care system, is pervasive, he said, but the U.S. government needed to invest more time and money to discover its real extent.

"The rule with any white-collar crime is the well perpetrated cases are not detected. The ones we catch are the stupid, foolish and outrageous," said Sparrow.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Florida Justice

A friend who was in an auto accident writes:

I was advised to talk with a lawyer, who started a lawsuit against the other guy's insurer. It had prospects, since he was charged with causing the accident, and I had injuries.

The guy's insurance company offered $2,600 to settle. For medical expenses, what can that do, and it's before my lawyer takes his cut.

My lawyer sketched out the options. One was to go to trial against the other guy's insurance company. But, he noted, jury trials of this kind are, by Florida law, a charade. I.e., even though this whole matter now is between me and the other guy's insurance company, if we went to trial, the insurance company would not be visible in the courtroom. Instead, the jury would only see me and the other driver. It would seem like I'm suing him, and that he personally would have to pay any monetary award.

The fact that he even has insurance would not be allowed in court.

When in fact, he's just a legal prop. His lawyer is hired and paid by his insurer, any settlement would be paid by them. If I lose, his insurer, a billion dollar corporation, will go after me for costs and attorney's fees. But the jury would not be allowed to know this. They'd be tricked into thinking the "cause of action" is a matter between two individuals, when in fact that's the last thing it is.
I'll bet your media never told you that. How do you like your Florida corporate "fuck you" law now?