August 15th, 2016
Political consultant Doug Guetzloe is working with the Tax Revolution Institute to push for an audit of the Internal Revenue Service.
ORLANDO — When taking aim at a government agency, the chances of making the criticism stick likely depend on which f3ederal department is being targeted. If it’s a popular institution like the military, the chances are success seem dicey.
On the other hand, Doug Guetzloe didn’t hesitate when he was asked to serve as a consultant to an organization that is taking aim at what may be one of the least popular government agencies in U.S. history: the Internal Revenue Service.
Guetzloe, a political consultant based in Orlando who is also the founder of the grassroots organization Ax The Tax, said assisting the group known as the Tax Revolution Institute was an easy call.
“The IRS does indeed consider themselves above the law, and many times they are sloppy about what they do,” Guetzloe said. “But they have the ability — and they have certainly done so — to destroy people’s lives. They have put their victims on public display.” Read more »
August 6th, 2016
The Winter Park Playhouse has revived the 1977 musical “I Love My Wife.”
WINTER PARK — It’s the holiday season during the opening of the musical “I Love My Wife,” and Monica is excited. She’s
gearing up to finish her shopping, but decides to take a break at a local café. That’s where she bumps into her friend Alvin. In fact, Monica and her husband Wally are so close to Alvin and his wife Cleo that they plan to spend Christmas Eve together, with Monica serving up a big turkey dinner.
But it’s also in that café that Alvin notices Monica is reading a magazine — and, more importantly, she’s taking a sex quiz to learn more about her attitudes on that racy subject. Alvin, who harbors a secret crush on Monica, is intrigued. But his curiosity is really piqued later when Wally shows up, and expresses no concern whatsoever about Monica taking a sex quiz. In fact, Wally notes, he and Monica are free to date whoever they want, no strings attached, and Wally himself brags about how he once lived in a commune with two women. He encourages his pal Alvin to consider doing a bit of swinging himself, by encouraging his wife to consider having a three way with another woman.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the musical is set in Trenton, N.J. in the 1970s, the post-60s era when people began to shed traditional social values that had started to feel constricting and antiquated, and were ready to explore. Alvin heads home, and finally works up the courage to ask Cleo to consider having a three-way. At first she seems horrified — then warms to the idea. Wouldn’t it be exciting, she suggests, if they had a sexy three-way — with another man?
Alvin is not pleased. Read more »
August 6th, 2016
“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.
“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”
ORLANDO — So begins author Michael W. Freeman’s disturbing novel “Bloody Rabbit,” which is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
In his book “Horror: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Literature and Film,” author Leonard Wolf writes that “Horror literature can do more than frighten us in a safe place. At its best, it provides us with images that speak to our subconscious because they resonate with myth …. horror literature touches the nerve of paranoia that many of us cherish by confirming our suspicion that there is a ‘they’ or an ‘it’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ that is out to get us.”
Welcome to the world of “Bloody Rabbit,” a novel that takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey into a long nightmare for R.T. Robeson — right up to the blood-freezing ending.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the vicious persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats. Read more »
August 4th, 2016
Nancy Miller, a candidate for the Florida Senate, is running on a platform of preserving and respecting the state’s history.
TALLAHASSEE — There are a number of issues that Nancy Miller is highlighting in her bid to represent Florida’s state Senate District 3, including supporting the Second Amendment and gun rights, and keeping taxes low.
But Miller is also emphasizing another issue, one that rarely gets mentioned on the campaign trail: the preservation of the state’s history, which she said is also about honoring one of the most important group’s in the Sunshine State: Veterans.
“I’m a seventh generation Floridian,” Miller said. “My family was here way before Florida became a state.”
And working on behalf of the common good, she added, has been a staple of each generation in her family.
“Every generation has been in public service,” she said. “I have inherited a wonderful legacy of love for my home state.
I’m a Florida girl’s daughter.” Read more »
July 20th, 2016
An Flamand, the owner and broker at Orlando Vacation Realty, helps buyers looking for a great home in Orlando.
ORLANDO — Owning a home in Central Florida, and marketing it as a short-term rental or vacation home, has been a profitable investment for many European buyers over the years.
The Orlando area is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with theme parks, beaches and outdoor activities that attract millions of visitors each year. It’s no surprise that as the tourism industry has grown substantially in the years since Walt Disney first opened his famous theme park here, so has the vacation home industry.
In fact, Central Florida is one of the top destinations not only for tourists, but for short-term rentals as well.
In the counties closest to the theme parks — particularly Osceola and Polk counties — there are a growing number of vacation homes available on the market for the region’s visitors to stay in. Read more »