The reward is not worth the risk; Just Say No to new driling in the Gulf of Mexico.


The chant of, “Drill baby Drill”  and hungry looks towards the Gulf of Mexico happens a lot more often that what I would like.

In fact, I wish we would not allow any additional drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and would prefer that our current oil producing rigs were up to code in safety regulations and passed the audits of a 3rd party independent agency (something that President Obama should have pushed for  while he held our oil fields on a moratorium; but refused to acknowledge.)

Why, such a strong (and controversial; given my political leanings) statement?

First hand damage assessment of 2 oil spills that affected Florida within a 14 year period

Back during the  Maconda/BP oil spill in 2010 where 4.9 million barrels (read: 260 Olympic swimming pool worth) of oil polluted the Gulf of Mexico, I drew on my journalism strength and became an investigative reporter for my self produced investigative channel,  ClearWater Perspective, and participated in backstage teleconferences with BP, TransOcean, EPA, NOAA, MMS and the Coast Guard.

Additionally, I had close friends fly over and report on the oil spill and encounter harmed, innocent, wildlife who either swam into the oil and toxic dispersant or who ate off the oiled covered shores or were residing in a nearby tree branch when BP engaged their aerial dispersing.  The results were horrifying and something that I truly will never forget.

If you have a moment, please click into this video. A friend of mine made it with pictures of the real damage of the BP oil spill.  Warning: this is not suitable for children.

The reality of the oil spill became very real to me and contrasting and comparing my first hand experience with living near Tampa Bay  back in during the oil spill in 1996 (where 300,000 gallons of heavy oil and another 33,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled after a collision in West Central Florida) convinced me that it is only a matter of time until Florida suffers a backlash comparable to Louisiana.

Seeing the not so lucky wildlife and economic damage and how it negatively impacted the  fishermen, shrimpers, tourism industry, realtors, wedding planners, coastal businesses and coastal communities and wrecked havoc on our innocent wildlife made me vow to not allow a 3rd mistake of reckless and greedy drilling happen in our beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

Its’s like the saying– “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. ” — Fool me thrice and I should have known better than to expect that  big oil’s operations were ‘under control” and being properly scrutinized for safety precautions.

Florida is the most at-risk state in the event of another oil spill. (Economic and residential)

People of NW Florida have seen first hand, how public perception can hamper our local economy.

Florida’s main draw is tourism. When people think that Florida has oil-laden beaches; they will be less likely to come down for vacation or buy Gulf seafood; if they feel that it was tainted with oil and toxic dispersant. This change of perception, as has been proven with the 2010 oil spill, can cause a detrimental effects to the very way of life as Floridians have known to grow and love.

As stated above, many community factors suffer and have the potential to increase unemployment, causing people to vacate their home in search for income; whether it be by selling their home the conventional way or short selling their home; resulting in the housing industry value to decrease directly related to the increase in the unemployment rate.

But the possible oil spill damage doesn’t end there… (Military impact)

As many know, there is a huge military mission off of Tyndall AFB, Eglin AFB, Duke AFB and Hurlburt AFB and Pensacola NAS that run alongside the Gulf of Mexico.

The influx of news reporters and clean up crew would be too invasive for our military zone.

At this point in the game; the US cannot afford to take too many chances with nationals security.

But wait there’s more… (Loop Current, possible oil seepage to South Florida, East Florida and the Eastern Seaboard)

If there was an oil spill off the West Coast of Florida, the oil (and toxic dispersant that big oil will use to sink the oil into the water column so nobody can see it) has a chance of getting swept into the Loop Current which is a current (diagramed left) that transports warm Caribbean water through the Yucatan Channel between Cuba and Mexico.

The current flows northward into the Gulf of Mexico, then loops southeastward just south of the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then just west of the westernmost Bahamas.

Here, the waters of the Loop Current flow northward along the U.S. coast and become the Gulf Stream and run northward, up the East Coast of Florida.

The Loop Current was a big concern of many Floridians during the 2010 oil spill as a handful of times, oil/toxic dispersant became dangerously close to the loop current (some reports show that small traces of oil were pushed into the loop current but weathered before it impacted land) but were swept away by ever changing warm and cold water eddys.

However, next time- we may not be so lucky.

Turn to renewable alternative energy as a primary source for our energy needs

Instead of investing in new equipment and new deep water drilling techniques to search for a resource that will eventually extinguish- let’s put that money towards the wave of the future and a renewable resources that we can draw off of for years to come.

Projects such as  energy efficient constructionoffshore wind farms, solar landfills, geothermal and aqueduct electricity can help us curb our dependence on oil.

If the US reallocated the money they have towards new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and put it towards alternative energy; we could pave the way for a new future where ultimately- we become dependent on ourselves and not at the hand of our Environment, the Middle East or even Brazil (where Obama promised we would be their biggest customer earlier this year).

The reward is not worth the risk

While I understand that drilling is needed and I fully support state’s sovereignty for wanting to drill (and am in support of drilling in places where the general consensus welcomes the drilling).

As a born, raised and currently residing Floridan. I say the reward is NOT worth the risk for new drilling to take place in the Gulf of Mexico. Not when our wildlife, food chain, fisheries, tourism industry, coastal communities, military intelligence and the entire coastline of Florida is at risk.

Especially when it has been proven that there is no way to adequately prepare for a hurricane and the precautions needed to be taken to avoid churning the oil sunken into the water column and spewing the oil onto coastal communities) until only days before the hurricane comes into the Gulf of Mexico (as remembered with the lack of hurricane preparation during the 2010 hurricane season).

If Mexico wants to drill; we cannot stop them but, more than likely, any spill in their area will not travel into the Gulf of Mexico because of the placement of eddys. Let them destroy their own country; if they so desire.

As for the United States,  I advise that we stay on the side of environmental conservation as well as to look to alternative energy as our sustaining life force as that can be renewed so we can pass on our energy capability to our children instead of banking on a non renewable source of energy that will leave our future generations in the dark.

Copyright (c) August 1, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Obama pushing to extend payroll holday through 2012 while Social Security account drains.


On Wednesday, President Obama reiterated his push to extend the existing payroll tax holiday through 2012 – a move  objected to by members of his own party who fear the reduction in revenues will undermine Social Security.

“I think that it makes perfect sense for us to take a look at, can we extend the payroll tax, for example, an additional year,” Obama said during a lengthy press conference at the White House.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Ted Deutch (Fla.) and Mark Critz (Pa.) sent a letter to all House Democrats saying the proposed extension “should trouble all who care about preserving” the funding stream for Social Security.

“Social Security’s popularity comes from the direct contributions of American workers, who pay into the system now and benefit when they retire or become disabled,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Unless and until faith in Social Security has been restored to the American people through long-range solvency, short-sighted cuts to the program’s revenue stream must not be part of any debt ceiling or budget deal.”

The letter is also being distributed to select House Republicans, Deutch spokeswoman Ashley Mushnick said Wednesday. The Democrats are also readying a similar letter to send to Obama.

While the cut is just 2 percentage points – from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent – it represents a real payroll tax reduction of 32 percent.

For instance, a worker currently earning $100,000 should have paid $6,200 in payroll taxes for 2010 wages, but will pay only $4,200 for earnings this year.

A difference of $2,000 that will not be circulated into the Social Security account.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cut will reduce federal revenues by $112 billion over the next two years.

Since the tax package is not offset by changes elsewhere in the budget, the government will have to borrow to fill that hole in the Social Security trust fund.

Social Security is already at a loss. It is clear that more people will be drawing on funds that are not available.

We cannot afford to draw down from Social Security even more. We must find other ways of revitalizing our economy without kicking the Baby Booming generation in the teeth.

Copyright (c) June 30, 2011. All rights reserved.

Restoring sediment is key to Gulf revival. BP will play a miniscule part in economy recovery.


Restoring sediment is key to Gulf revival. BP will play a miniscule part in economy recovery.

Restoring the flow of sediment to essential wildlife habits in the Gulf Coast wetlands and barrier islands after last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are one of the biggest challenges officials face, says the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) at it’s 5th meeting on Monday in Galveston, Texas.

Sediment, technically speaking, is  nutrient-filled sand and rock and as many know, is the structural foundation of the Gulf’s ecosystem and ensures the health of the barrier islands and wetlands which not only provides a safe haven to turtles, birds, fish and other wildlife but also provides a natural barrier from storms for people who live along the Gulf coast during hurricane season.

According to the Center for American Progress: “The Gulf region suffers the most coastal land loss of any region in the United States.” Louisiana alone, which holds 40 percent of wetlands in the continental United States, loses wetlands equivalent to the area of the size of a football field every half hour —about 80 percent of all wetland losses. By 2030 the Gulf States risk a total of $350 billion in environmental losses and risk from rising sea level, land subsidence, and hurricane damages if no action is take to restore the coast.”

Terrence Salt, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army, said sediment flow has decreased due to management of upstream rivers and land conservation practices. For example, the Mississippi River — a major source of freshwater and sediment to the Gulf of Mexico, its islands and wetlands — has about half the sediment it originally had, he said.

Combine the natural loss of sediment with the chemical damage to our barrier islands by the spilled oil and toxic corexit dispersant and this becomes a very serious problem.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who is also a member of the task force, said funding for the projects of merely $1 billion BP has agreed to dedicate toward Gulf restoration.

$1 billion is not a lot considering that each of the 5 states that run alongside the Gulf of Mexico will get only $100 million for their projects. Sand and habitat restoration is extremely expensive.

While something is better than nothing; $100 million is only a drop in the bucket to the type of environmental damage that occurred from BP’s horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce will each get an additional $100 million.

$300 million will be distributed accordingly to other “crucial projects” but were not elaborated upon in the meeting.

It is also important to note that while this $1 billion is going to current economic damage; the long term damage of the Corexit 9500 & 9527A dispersant has not been established.

Knowing BP and their run with giving out $5000 claims to fishermen in an attempt to keep them from suing in the future- I have a feeling that this is going to be the last bit of money we will see from BP.  If somebody knows otherwise; please contact me at theheartofamerica@hotmail.com.

The final GCERTF meeting scheduled for 2011 will be on August 29, 2011 in Biloxi, Mississippi with the task force presenting their reports of environmental damage and strategy for resolving the issues by October 2011.  Leaving only 4 months to determine the long term  environmental damage of the toxic oil and dispersant.

Copyright (c) June 28, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Illegal aliens considered high security risks to US has increased in 2010, report shows.


59,017 “Other Than Mexican” Illegal Aliens Apprehended in 2010, including 663 “Aliens from Special Interest Countries”

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection detailing FY 2010 apprehension statistics for illegal alien smugglers and illegal aliens from countries considered to be a high threat to the United States because of their suspected ties to terrorism.

Among the highlights from the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request originally filed on January 26, 2011:

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 463,382 individuals smuggled across the border, including 8,905 smugglers. (3,027 of the smugglers apprehended were deemed “deportable.”)
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 59,017 “Other Than Mexican” illegal aliens through October 7, 2010.
  • Among the nations represented in apprehension statistics are the four countries currently on the State Department’s list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism,” Cuba (712), Iran (14), Syria (5) and Sudan (5), as well as Somalia (9), Afghanistan (9), Pakistan (37), Saudi Arabia (5) and Yemen (11).
  • Overall, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 663 “Aliens from Special Interest Countries.” These countries are deemed “special interest” because of their suspected ties to terrorism.
  • The countries yielding the highest “Other Than Mexican” apprehensions include: Guatemala (18,406), El Salvador (13,723), and Honduras (13,580).

(U.S. Border Patrol estimates that three out of every four illegal aliens who cross the border evade apprehension.)

Press reports thrust the issue of suspected terrorists crossing the border into the spotlight in May 2010 when the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to authorities in Texas to be on the lookout for a member of the Somali-based terrorist group Al Shabaab, who was suspected of hatching a plot to cross into the U.S. through Mexico. The warning followed an indictment unsealed earlier that month in a Texas federal court accusing a Texas Somali man of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” charged with bringing hundreds of Somalis across the Mexican border. Many of these illegal aliens were suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations. However, until now, the Obama administration offered little information regarding the overall scope of this growing national security problem.

“We should not be surprised if terrorists take advantage of our porous borders in light of the Obama administration’s lax approach to border security,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “When you have an administration that pushes illegal alien amnesty, permits illegal alien sanctuary policies, and attacks states like Arizona for seeking to enforce the rule of law, it sends a signal to our enemies to cross the border illegally and to do their worst. The Obama administration continues to allow our borders to spiral out of control. These numbers are simply astonishing. Our country cannot secure our borders soon enough!”

Source: http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2011/mar/judicial-watch-obtains-new-border-patrol-apprehension-statistics-illegal-alien-smuggle

In deficit reduction talks, Senate Democrats derail and insist on increasing spending & taxes.


In today’s deficit cutting talks with Vice President Joe Biden; Democrat representatives stated that they felt the way to fix the problem was to increase spending and subsequently increase taxes.

Does anybody else see the conundrum that the Republicans are having to deal with?

We are $14.3 trillion+ in debt that needs to be agreed upon by August 2 (less than a month away) or at we risk defaulting on our debts.

If we do not make some serious cutting, start creating jobs and selling more exports; we are going to have a serious problem balancing the budget.

It is at this point that we need to be CUTTING; not INCREASING spending.

Is Vice President Biden and his debt group really that oblivious to the will of the American people?

Are the Democrats really surprised that the Republicans walked out of deficit cutting talks?

How can you argue a concept of cutting spending when the other side wants to spend more money?

Its a waste of time and unbelievable that the Democrats would adopt this line of thought.

Even though, it is not technically “his job” Obama, as President, should get involved considering the severity of our situation.

According to my sources on Capitol Hill; the only involvement Obama is doing is “looking for a meeting room”.  Literally.

The game plan was to have deficit reduction talks completed by the end of June. That’s only 7 days from now.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a Republican leader, also agrees that President Obama needs to get directly involved.

“It’s clear that these were non-serious negotiations and the only time it’s going to get serious is when the president of the United States becomes thoroughly engaged,” Cornyn said. “There’s not going to be a deal without his direct involvement.”

Flashback to the 2011 Compromised Budget talk delays. The only time serious progress was made was when Obama was involved so he could push the Democrats to be reasonable.  It is obvious that Obama is needed in this case.

Deja vu seem to fall upon my ears as I heard Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell ask of Obama once again, “Where is he?” What does he propose? What is he willing to do to reduce the debt and to avoid this crisis that’s building on his watch? He’s the one in charge. I think most Americans think it’s about time he started acting like it.”

Raising the Debt Ceiling and increasing spending; Contradictory?

It is imperative that we cut trillions of dollars from our $14.3+ trillion debt and NOT increase spending.

You cannot spend your way out of a recession.

The Democrats fail to understand the generic cutting mindset as the “Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases,” said Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, in a statement announcing his decision. “There is not support in the House for a tax increase.”

The tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue,” Cantor said. “Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today’s meeting and I believe it is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue. Once the tax issue is resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”

Note to the Democrats: Your constituents want you to cut spending.  You have to come to the deficit reduction talks in the mindset of “what are we cutting, today?” because if you are looking at things from an increased spending point of view; the discussion is going to be pointless and a waste of everyone’s time.

It is imperative that you understand that we cannot spend, and most certainly cannot freeze, our way out of a recession. We have less than one week until Congress is needed to make a decision on whether or not we are going to raise the debt ceiling and to determine if the US will start defaulting on our debtors. Our SP index rating already dropped to negative; let’s not fall even further into the economic hole.

Note to the Republicans:  Eliminating the subsidies and tax breaks for big oil is NOT increasing taxes. If we eliminated a lot of the money we give big oil (they are doing just fine on their own); we could give that money back to the people and small businesses through price relief at the gas pump and help jumpstart our economy.

Also, please not give in to a  payroll tax deduction as that directly drains the Social Security funds and we are already short on Social Security funds as it is.

Copyright (c) June 23, 2011. All rights reserved.

BREAKING NEWS: Japan’s radioactive emissions are DOUBLED the initial claim.


Yesterday, 06/06/2011- Japan announced that the radioactive emissions from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi totaled 770,000 terabecquerels (more than double the initial estimated amount 370,000 terabecquerels) putting officials on the defensive about whether they have delayed the release of information to the public.

This seems to be a sticky pattern with the Japanese government as not only were they wrong about the radioactive emissions quantity but also that of the stability of the nuclear plant reactors as it was continually (ad nauseum) repeated that the reactors were “stable” yet last month, the government finally acknowledged that 3 out of the 6 plant reactors have suffered nuclear fuel rod and inner containment vessel meltdown to the floor of the reactor.

In addition, the indpenedent Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said  the reactor pressure vessel  at one of the plant’s reactors appeared to have been compromised as early as 5 hours after the quake.

2 “minor” facts that Japan and United States Government officials glossed over while feeding the People with the line that there are “relatively no” negative health effects.

Even at the time of the first estimate in April, Japan’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency, another independent government panel as well as our very own Denise Haywald of The Heart of America  called the nuclear radiation reading too low.

The commission relied on a computer model that uses radiation measurements taken at various distances from a nuclear accident. The model produces an estimate of the radioactive material escaping from the source.

However, as Heart of America has pointed out; there was ignorance towards the damage of the reactors radioactive cores and full potential for melt down. When taking these factors into consideration, the nuclear radiation level is expected to double, if not triple.

More disturbingly, I have not heard of any new health update or evacuation zone information from the Japanese or the US government which makes me question if the government is really on the side of the people or taking efforts to avoid a mass panic.

Copyright (c) June 7, 2011. All rights reserved.

As predicted, Rick Santorum enters the 2012 Presidential race.


As predicted, Rick Santorum enters the 2012 Presidential race.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) began his presidential campaign Monday in Pennsylvania by highlighting the former  2 term senator’s working-class roots. relating to “average Americans” and decrying President Obama for “devaluing” the country’s culture while relating to his most heartfelt constituent base;

“Our American journey started here in Somerset County,” Santorum told the crowd. “My grandfather came to this county way back in 1927.”

Santorum said his grandfather left Italy despite living in a “beautiful, little idyllic town in the mountains, right down on a lake” out of concern over Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Santorum commented this his grandfather was equipped with an idea of high quality living and was driven by the line of thought: “I will not stand for this,’ and so he left, and he came here …  and he started in the coal mines.”

Santorum seems to take after his grandfather in his continuing line of thought that Obama has;

“Not just devalued our moral currency but  he has also devalued our culture.”

With once again, the Santorum generation not standing for less than ideal living conditions.

Afterward, Rick Santorum’s 7 seven children joined them on the stage where Santorum astonishingly comments  outloud, “I am one blessed man!”

Yes, Santorum may be blessed but it is the American people who are blessed to have a Republican nominee who has an ability to  protect the santitcy of life and of God’s written marriage.

Copyright (c) June 6, 2011. All rights reserved.

Eye on 2012 predictions


I called Newt Gingrich jumping into the 2012 race as well  John Thune, Hayley Barbour and Mike Huckabee not running, then it dawned on me- I should create a blog on my 2012 predictions. 😀

Here are my newest 2012 predictions.

– Sarah Palin will NOT run for the Republican nomination.

– Jeb Bush will NOT run for the Republican nomination.

– Michele Bachmann will run for the Republican nomination.

– Rick Perry will run for the Republican nomination.

– Jon Huntsman Jr will run for the Republican nomination and place his headquarters in Florida.

– Im torn on Lt Col Allen West, I pray he runs but it seems to be up to the people in his district as Lt Col Allen West stated that he would run if his constituents supported him.

Copyright (c) 05.18.11. All rights reserved.

Israelites do not owe the Palestinians’ land.


Israelites do not owe the Palestinians’ land.

The Palestinians lost the land in a war. In fact, Israel won all of the wars; so they rightfully have ownership to the land.

  • 1956 Sinai War
  • 1967 Six Day War
  • 1973 Yom Kippur War

I dont blame the Israelis for not wanting to give land to Palestinians/Hamas; as they would be better equipped to destabilize Israel.

In order to coexist, Israel must be recognized as a Jewish state, Jerusalem must stay in the hands of Israel and the Palestinian authority must be demilitarized.

Copyright (c) May 16, 2011. All rights reserved.

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So much for Obama’s transparency; $1.3 Trillion Dollars Missing


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