Saturday, February 23, 2008

America's Most Sinful Cities

Forbes has released their list of the cites that strayed the farthest from the flock. 

Jacksonville made the list!!!! Let us raise our voice and rejoice!
#6 for Gluttony
#8 for Sloth

Not really a surprise, is it? We have know for some time that the general populous of Jacksonville is fat and lazy.

But come on Jax. We can do better! If we put a little effort in, maybe we can increase our occurrence on next years list. We should be able to muster up enough Envy over cities with a rich and vibrant downtown. Also with a little functional mass transit system that includes light & commuter rail thrown in should do the trick.

And let's hope with the constant increase in the republication population here. We should make a showing on the list for Avarice. We all know how much you Red blooded Republicans love your money and possessions. And not to mention how much you covet your neighbors and coworkers money and possessions.

So come on Jacksonville. With all the churches we have and all the ramped hypocrisy that entitles us too. We should expect more.

From Forbes site:
"We have unveiled the American city that has fallen the farthest from grace in each of the seven deadly sins ( lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride). For each sin we stretched our imagination to find a workable proxy--murder rates for wrath, per capita billionaires for avarice--then culled the available data sources to rank the cities. Some of the results were surprising: Salt Lake City as America's Vainest City. Some were not: Detroit as America's Most Murderous."

Friday, February 22, 2008

Vermont Town To Issue Arrest Warrant For Bush

You gotta love a town that has the balls to stand on it's convictions.

"In Brattleboro, Vermont, it's a safe bet to say that the people of the township have no love for George Bush or his Vice President, Dick Cheney. Echoing rising sentiment around the country, but actually having the tenacity to do something other than talk, the Brattleboro Select Board voted on Friday to hold a town meeting on whether or not to issue an indictment of both the President and the Vice-President when the town holds it's annual meeting on March 4th."

Full Story

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How to indict Karl Rove

This video was sent to me by friend with a note that simply read, "watch and listen for Jacksonville connection."

I did, and was more than a little shocked at how blatant the voter fraud was here. The video is on Brasscheck TV and shows Greg Palast an investigative reporter who claims to have received some 500 mistakenly sent emails from Rove. Rove apparently mixed up .org (anti-Bush) with .com (pro-Bush) when sending the emails in question along with large files that contained lists of names to challenge.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Protect our state with this Citizen Bill of Rights

Rampant growth and uncontrolled development are forever changing the face of Florida. Elected officials, business leaders, and others need to take action, before our state's quality of life and rich natural resources are damaged beyond repair. 1000 Friends of Florida is calling on state leaders to empower Floridians to play a greater role in planning for the future of their communities. 1000 Friends has outlined a "Citizen Bill of Rights," which would give the people of Florida:

1. The Right to Shape Changes to Your Neighborhood, Community, and Region. Developers are required to prepare a citizen participation plan, notify impacted property owners and neighborhood associations (using formal lists compiled by the local government), and conduct developer workshops with citizens to identify all issues of concern prior to any public hearing. The developer must then present to the appropriate commission a list of all issues raised, and indicate if and how they were resolved. Unresolved issues then become the focus of discussion, rather than an afterthought covered in two or three minutes of public testimony.

2. The Right to a Process Free of Last Minute Changes. Comprehensive plan amendments cannot be changed in the seven days prior to the advertised public hearing. This allows citizens, commissioners, and others to fairly evaluate the document and not be subject to an endless "shell game" of last minute changes. If the plan amendment is revised within that period, the hearing will be postponed unless all affected parties agree otherwise.

3. The Right to a Supermajority Vote on Major Decisions. It shall be easier to require a "super majority" vote for many types of comprehensive plan amendments that directly impact on growth and development decisions.

4. The Right to More Easily Challenge Decisions Made by Your Local Government. Current citizen standing and legal review standards shall be improved to make the process more equitable, quicker and less costly.

5. The Right to be Free of Fear of Unwarranted Legal Retaliation. In order to promote more active involvement, private citizens and organizations shall be shielded from any developer-initiated SLAPP suits.

1000 Friends is also working on developing model language that would allow citizens of cities and charter counties to propose an ordinance by petition, and to enact it by referendum if the governing body refuses to act, or by majority vote to nullify an ordinance already enacted.

In addition, 1000 Friends is advocating that the judicious conversion of rural land to urban density--in the form of compact, walkable, mixed use communities in appropriate locations--shall only be undertaken in fair trade for significant public benefit. This shall include the permanent preservation of natural and agricultural lands and open spaces.

Florida's population and developed land are projected to double over the next 50 years, and the state faces many uncertainties due to the impacts of rampant sprawl, the loss of rural lands, and climate change. Now, more than ever, Florida needs a visionary and workable planning process.

1000 Friends is urging the Department of Community Affairs and the 2008 Legislature to begin enacting these provisions this session. We are pleased that DCA Secretary Tom Pelham has incorporated many of these recommendations into the preliminary draft of his proposed "Citizen Planning Bill of Rights," to be presented to the legislature this session. Please help by contacting your state legislators and asking them to do their part to empower the citizens of Florida, before our state's natural beauty and quality of life are lost forever.

If you got this far, there may be some hope for you after all. So, let's see if I can break it down for you. 

If you live in Jacksonville you are most likely an over weight cheese puff stained one or two issue (abortion and/or gay marriage) SUV driving, suburban dwelling hypocritical Republican  christian.

But there is that one issue that is much closer to your heart than the two list above. Money. That's right money, you fat greedy bastard.

The reason you need to get on board with putting an end to sprawl is simple. Once developers are reigned in and the land around you becomes untouchable by developers. You win. It's the old supply and demand analogy. Less housing means the value of your home goes up. Developers don't lose either. They will turn their attention to the urban core. And a vibrant well developed downtown will attract more people to move here continuing to drive up your property value. You win Again.

Developers will also have to make better use of the land they do have access to in the suburbs. You know all those blighted shells of buildings that formally housed Walmart or Publix? Well the developers would now have to figure out how get the most out of those areas by building up and not out with mix use properties. Which of course in turn once again raises you property value. You win for the third time. 

Now visit the link at the top of this and get involved so you'll have more money to give to your local church.

Bike Jax

I just found this new blog and I am excited to see that perhaps some real bike advocacy may finally hit this city. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lost In Translation

Would you mustard my hole with a genie, baby?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Not So Fast.

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The Boston Globe … must have had high expectations (as did many sports pundits) for the home team.
A book with the cover above was on sale by the paper’s publisher at Amazon as of late last night.
At least they had the good sense to snipe it with the statement “To be published only in the event of a win.”
It brings to mind the classic 1948 photo of Harry Truman gleefully holding the Chicago Tribune edition headlined “Dewey Beats Truman”.
The only remaining question is whether or not we’ll be subjected to Giant’s QB/MVP Eli Manning appearing in three out of every five tv spots this coming year…

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Frozen In Time

Improv Everywhere’s latest stunt involved 207 agents all freezing in place at the exact same moment inside Grand Central Station for a whole 5 minutes. At precisely 2:30PM, the agents involved froze in the exact positions they were in and remained that way until 2:35PM.

Need Glasses?

German Eyeglass Commercial.

Still Perfect!

Somewhere tonight there are a bunch of guys from the 1972 Miami Dolphins cracking open a bottle of Champaign. Still perfect. Still the best.

Congratulations to the NY Giants. No one gave you a chance. Way to piss on the Pats Wheates.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ubismus (aka City Mouse) Leaves it's mark once more.

While out riding downtown last I happened on some new images by Urbismus last night. I think this series of images is without a doubt some of the best artwork to hit this city in quite some time.

The first one I saw was the Punk Rocker on the Corner of Jefferson and Forsyth now has a pit bull.

On the same building as the Punk Rocker above is a guy playing guitar. The picture below is on Broad between Beaver and State streets.

Next is a cool little image of a kid peeking through a hole in a wall. I found several of these throughout downtown. I'll let you find them for yourself.

A new little twist is the addition of Urbismus Tracks (mouse or rat foot prints) along the pavement. In the picture below you see where the Urbismus emerged from the grate.