For legislative candidate Nancy Miller, history is a key to the future

Nancy Miller, a candidate for the Florida Senate, is running on a platform of preserving and respecting the state's history.

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.” Continue reading

Why do people vote so stupidly?

Scott Robinson gave a presentation to the members of American Mensa called "Red Brains, Blue Brains: Why We Vote So Stupidly."

Scott Robinson gave a presentation to the members of American Mensa called “Red Brains, Blue Brains: Why We Vote So Stupidly.”


SAN DIEGO — In Scott Robinson’s view, there’s one subject that can’t be discussed properly without drawing plenty of laughs.
“Politics,” he said, “is funny, funny, funny.”
But the humor, he added, doesn’t derive simply from the often buffoonish behavior of the candidates, and the frequently clumsy and embarrassing things they do and say. That’s too easy, Robinson said.
The bigger issue, Robinson added, is the behavior of another group: the voters themselves, whether they are Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives. The truth, he said, is they all do something every election year that is just plain stupid, and that’s cast their votes.
“Stupid means lacking intelligence or common sense,” Robinson said. “We all deal with stupid all the time. The lessons we’re going to learn here is we are all stupid.” Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Thomas Jefferson — My Master, My Slave, My Friend”

History comes alive in the play "Thomas Jefferson ~ My Master, My Slave, My Friend."

History comes alive in the play “Thomas Jefferson ~ My Master, My Slave, My Friend.”


ORLANDO — As he walks out onto the stage and addresses the audience, he begins to ponder the seemingly impossible task of bringing a profound but vitally needed change to the nation.
He wants to eradicate a system that he considers not just immoral but also antithetical to the entire concept of a nation founded on freedom — the issue, of course, being the evils of slavery. As he speaks, Thomas Jefferson sounds so rational, so intelligent, and so cultured, that you might just want to hit the world’s pause button and rewind.
In a presidential election year in which the candidates have, at various times, discussed the length of their body parts, whether a rival’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination, which groups in society are “rapists,” who should be allowed to walk into women’s bathrooms and other tabloid-friendly topics, Thomas Jefferson, our third president from 1801 to 1809, seems like the picture-perfect leader. He is thoughtful, quiet and dignified, does not talk down to his audience, acknowledges when he doesn’t have any answers, and ruminates on the difficulty of extending America’s love of freedom to the blacks who had been brought here as slaves. Continue reading

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