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  • Tequila shots, eating tacos, and sombreros offend Mexican university students

    05/10/2013 1:53:21 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 89 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 10 May. 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A Northwestern University Mexican student group finds “eating tacos and drinking tequila” to celebrate Cinco de Mayo racially offensive, and wants to see the practice come to an end. In a letter to the university’s paper, the Latin student group Alianza called for a “respectful” celebration to commemorate “the Battles of Puebla, in which a vastly outnumbered, under-equipped Mexican army twice defeated the well-armed, well-trained French army, which had not lost a battle in over fifty years.” This is not unlike a uniquely American holiday, which commemorates the moment when 56 men affixed their signatures upon the Declaration of Independence...
  • Retired Army officer warns DHS stockpiling for war against American citizens

    03/24/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 121 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 24, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A retired Army officer wrote to a U.S. senator Saturday about his concern that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to arm itself against the people of the United States. Retired Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow posted his letter to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on his Facebook page, noting that Homeland Security has made a number of large ammunition, weapon and light-armored vehicle purchases recently and has refused to answer questions about them. Hestilow begins by noting the large ammunition, weapon and light armored vehicle purchases recently made by DHS, as well as that agency’s refusal to answer any questions...
  • Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections

    02/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PST · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted lawmakers across the country to propose stringent gun laws. Washington state legislators now say maybe they’ve gone too far. Washington’s SB 5737 – 2013-14, introduced Feb.13 by three Seattle Democrats, like many similar bills, includes an outright assault weapons ban. Individuals already possessing an assault weapon are “allowed” to retain them, but with the proviso that the owners submit themselves to annual police home inspections. “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away,” said Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal to...
  • Timing of Obama vacation another brick in the wall

    12/02/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by cap10mike · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama is once again in disengagement mode. The first family has scheduled another vacation – for three weeks, beginning Dec. 17. This in and of itself doesn’t bother me. Presidents are entitled to take vacations – even presidents who spend more time on the golf course than they do in the Oval Office. I don’t even begrudge him the disruption he’ll be causing his constituents. According to the Hawaii Reporter, the Obamas’ vacation will hugely restrict the comings and goings of the residents living in the upscale Oahu neighborhood, where they’ll be staying. Streets will be barricaded and, unlike...
  • Forty years after Watergate, we need Woodward and Bernstein

    11/15/2012 9:10:12 AM PST · by cap10mike · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    In June, the Washington Post celebrated the 40th anniversary of the biggest scoop in journalistic history — Watergate. Looking back on it, the Post has every right to crow. The story was so huge that every political scandal since has been labeled with the word “gate” tagged onto the end of it. However, the Post should also consider the adage, “You’re only as good as your last story,” because there’s a bigger one out there for the taking, if it only had the courage to pursue it. That story is, of course, the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,...
  • A 'blameless' Obama scolds Congress

    09/23/2012 3:39:39 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 27 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | September 23, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    In his Saturday radio and Internet address, President Barack Obama excoriated House Republicans for commencing their scheduled recess at a time when there were numerous bills to be voted on that allegedly would have buttressed the economy. “Last week, without much fanfare, members of the House of Representatives banged a gavel, turned out the lights and rushed home, declaring their work finished for now,” Obama began. “If that frustrates you, it should, because their work isn’t finished. “When they skipped town, members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table. These ideas have been around for...
  • RNC to Florida: Next time you lose 90 percent of your delegates

    08/23/2012 6:52:34 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 28 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 23, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Hurricane Isaac isn’t the only storm developing in Tampa. The Republican National Committee is brewing up one of its own. Florida has a penchant for jumping in the gun when it comes to scheduling presidential primaries. We did it in 2008 and again in 2012. Republican National Committee rules provide that when a state moves its primary ahead of those of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the state forfeits half its delegates. That rule ended up reducing Florida’s delegates from 99 to 50 at Tampa convention.
  • People to Congress: Do your job or we'll sue

    08/19/2012 2:34:49 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    “It’s good to be king!” is an oft-quoted line from Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.” In America, every man is supposed to be king, every woman queen, and members of Congress are supposed to be our servants. We sometimes forget that last part. Three people in Orlando have not. On Aug. 15, Charles Klein, Sally Baptiste and Theresa Kajkowski filed a lawsuit in Florida's Middle District Federal Court. Nothing unusual in that -- lawsuits are filed every day, especially in litigation-prone America. What’s unusual is that the plaintiffs name the entire membership of the U.S. House and...
  • S.E. Cupp outraged at MSNBC host: ‘Romney engaging in niggerization of Obama’

    08/17/2012 5:59:48 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 53 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 16, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    On MSNBC’s The Cycle, Thursday, S.E. Cupp took on co-hosts Krystal Ball and Touré who said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was using racial coding and engaging in the “niggerization” of Obama.
  • Allen West: So many government agencies ‘stuck on stupid’

    08/12/2012 9:46:05 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 6 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 12, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    When U.S. Rep. Allen West visited GelTech Solutions in Jupiter last week, he expressed both enthusiasm for its “next-generation” products and frustration with the government’s tendency to hinder small businesses’ growth. In an exclusive interview, West said so many government agencies are “stuck on stupid,” continuing their old ways instead of embracing new, less expensive technology. Such archaic thinking, he said, ends up costing the American taxpayer more money. GelTech Solutions, a small, publicly traded company based in Jupiter, is growing at a time when many other businesses are struggling in a crippling economic downturn. Though it is just one...
  • Nelson vs Mack, let the ad wars begin

    08/02/2012 10:47:59 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 2 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 2, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ‘Tis the season when candidates release new political ads almost daily, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla,, is no exception. In response, Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo asks, “Why is Sen. Bill Nelson reminding us of who he is?
  • Move to ban online ammo sales just cheap political theater

    07/31/2012 6:11:35 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 24 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 31, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Last week, I argued that the worst time to debate any gun control issue was in the wake of a massacre. I guess I didn’t say it loud enough because the people in New York and New Jersey didn’t hear me. Democratic lawmakers U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, N.Y. and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, N.J. announced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act Monday afternoon on the steps of New York City Hall. The bill, if passed, would put an end to all mail-order and online sales of ammunition.
  • Allen West: If we could forget Munich Olympics, we could forget 9-11

    07/28/2012 6:01:13 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Michele Kirk
    US Congressman Allen West offered a heartfelt response to recent news that the International Olympics Committee refused to schedule a moment of silence for the eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, as well as one West German police officer who were killed at the Munich Olympics 40 years ago. West recalled watching the Munich Olympics at age eleven, feeling baffled by the horror that interrupted the usual competitive spirit of the prestigious games. He said that he worries if we start to shirk the responsibilities we have to honor the dead on occasions such as this, what will happen 40 years...
  • Report: Obama spends as much time on economy as walking dog

    07/19/2012 1:30:56 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 14 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Michele Kirk
    A newly released report reveals some hard facts about how much time and effort President Obama has actually put into fixing the economy. An analysis of the President's official schedule looks at his first 1257 days, and paints a picture of what reality looks like, as opposed to his rhetoric. The following excerpt shows some of the startling facts.
  • If Obama wins: Will Texas secede from the union?

    07/15/2012 3:46:27 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 406 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Michael Dorstewitz
    Could Texas once again become the Republic of Texas? Without question, the Nov. 6 election will be a do-or-die, make-or-break, Rubicon-crossing event. If the presidential election goes one way, we get a “do-over.” We’ll be given the opportunity to take the first step on a long, arduous journey back to our political and economic roots. If it goes the other way, federalism and balance of power will continue to be edged out by an overreaching federal government and an imperial presidency. Socialism will have an unbreakable hold on the economy, and a centralized government, rather than a free market, will...
  • America's youngest ambassador: a time to live, a time to die

    06/29/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 5 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Often the most wondrous things come in the smallest of packages. Today, the hope of an Arab Spring is fast becoming the despair of a nuclear winter. We’re turning our backs to the only true ally we have in the Middle East, only to make alliances with tenuously formed governments. The United Nations is more concerned with wealth redistribution and political correctness than it is for its chief priority -- peacekeeping. In the void, it’s important to remember a time when a child stepped in to do the job the UN couldn’t, or wouldn’t. Her target? Yuri Andropov, the general...
  • Anne Gannon’s magic kingdom: What does a '7 eleven educator' do, exactly?

    06/27/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 9 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    No one can say Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon lacks imagination. Perhaps she took the $11,000 seminar presented by the creative folks from Disney too much to heart. Maybe she has a Peter Pan complex and doesn’t want to grow up. Whatever the reason, her office has dreamed up the most cartoonish job titles conceivable.
  • Sea treaty could sink United States

    05/30/2012 9:09:57 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 13 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    The same United Nations that appointed Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia to its Human Rights Council is now looking to steal something that belongs to us. The same United Nations that includes China and Pakistan as members of its Security Council now wants to make the United States less financially secure. The same United Nations that wants to confiscate your firearms also wants your offshore gas and oil revenues. And it is doing so with the advice and consent of our own government, which is now dusting off a long-forgotten treaty that was rejected 30 years ago to give it...
  • Is Obama afraid of chicks with guns?

    05/25/2012 5:33:57 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 18 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    This election cycle, President Obama’s team is bringing up class warfare, the war on women and Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. One issue that’s missing, to the disappointment of the left, is gun control. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama called for a ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons and more restrictions on purchasing all firearms. I pointed out in a previous column that most handguns sold today are semi-automatic. Since his inauguration, however, we’ve heard little on gun control from the president. And he’s been given plenty of opportunity to take a stand. There have...
  • Is Obama afraid of chicks with guns?

    05/25/2012 5:33:44 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 10 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    This election cycle, President Obama’s team is bringing up class warfare, the war on women and Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. One issue that’s missing, to the disappointment of the left, is gun control. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama called for a ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons and more restrictions on purchasing all firearms. I pointed out in a previous column that most handguns sold today are semi-automatic. Since his inauguration, however, we’ve heard little on gun control from the president. And he’s been given plenty of opportunity to take a stand. There have...
  • Chuck Schumer's penal colony

    05/23/2012 9:06:02 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 9 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    You remember U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., don’t you? He was the guy who said “the American people don’t care” about the wasteful, pork-barrel spending habits of Congress. He was also the guy who called a flight attendant the “B-word” because she asked him to turn off his cellphone prior to a flight. He was also the guy who told the state of New Jersey how it should spend its own highway funds, much to the displeasure of that state’s very outspoken GOP governor, Chris Christie. Schumer is at it again. This time, he set his sights on Facebook co-founder...
  • Illegal immigrant tax cheats? Time to simplify tax code

    05/14/2012 5:33:28 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 14, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Barely a day goes by that President Barack Obama doesn’t harangue us with complaints that we’re not all paying our “fair share.” Considering the fact that 47 percent of American households pay no federal income tax whatsoever, and that the top 5 percent of wage earners pay almost 59 percent of the total tax revenue, I agree with the president: There are those who are taking advantage of the Internal Revenue Code’s complexity. But it’s not the people the president has in mind each time he delivers his class warfare address. Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR recently uncovered a growing segment...
  • France, Greece choose suicide over solvency; are we next?

    05/11/2012 6:16:08 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 37 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Last Sunday, Greece and France held national elections. Both would determine the countries’ future fiscal course of action. In Greece, voters rejected the two ruling parties that had voiced support for the European Union austerity program. That program was instituted in an effort to keep the EU solvent after Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain, known as the PIGS, incurred massive debt as the result of their “cradle to grave” social programs. Since Greece was one of the EU’s original “problem children,” this could probably have been expected. In France, socialist Francois Hollande was ushered in, while right-of-center Nikolas Sarkozy was...
  • 9-11 defendants use courtroom to torment victims' families

    05/08/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 14 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    “Justice delayed is justice denied” is a maxim generally attributed to 19th century British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone. We’ve heard that phrase often, and the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is based on this principle. “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,” it provides. Let’s place “speedy trial” on the back burner for a moment as we consider Saturday’s arraignment of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Here’s a brief timeline of the life of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, since his capture and custody at the military prison...
  • Obama flirts with disaster, negotiates with Taliban

    05/04/2012 9:30:29 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 4 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One day, a scorpion reached a river he wanted to cross. He saw a frog on the other side and called out, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?" "How do I know that if I help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly. "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die, too, for you see I cannot swim!" So the frog agreed. He swam over, and the scorpion crawled onto the frog's back. Halfway across the river, the frog...
  • Obama’s latest Hail Mary: taking credit for bin Laden’s death

    05/02/2012 3:51:09 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 42 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    wrote my first commentary for BizPac Review a year ago out of a sense of frustration with the TV media. I awoke last May 2 to the news that Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team. The details were scant but nonetheless fascinating. He was killed on May 1 at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This area is the home of the country’s equivalent to our U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His body was removed and his wives were taken in, along with his papers and records. Fox News finally reported that our intelligence agencies...
  • Black box legislation a threat to personal freedoms

    04/24/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Alan Bergstein
    I fear for the loss of our freedoms and liberties under the Obama administration. We expect our government to be run by people we elect. If they don't perform well, we have the opportunity to throw them out. But with the proliferation of "czars" appointed by the president, we are out of the loop when it comes to controlling our own destinies. They are in charge of such areas as borders, Medicare, manufacturing, electronic health records, faith-based initiatives, workplace issues and so on. The list now contains about 35 czars, whose names, backgrounds and goals we know nothing about. Van...
  • The president needs to learn how to salute

    04/20/2012 6:10:33 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 23 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    There are few walks of life nobler or more rewarding than a military career. Military personnel work long, arduous hours, often under intense stress and in extreme danger to their own life and limb. They spend months away from their loved ones while on call 24/7 in an intensely unsafe and unfriendly environment. In return, they receive low pay and lose many of the freedoms of choice they take an oath to protect, freedoms the rest of us take for granted. I’ve been proud of my country, and especially its military, from the time I was a small boy, when...
  • Jack Furnari appears on WPTV's 'To the Point'

    04/17/2012 1:38:28 PM PDT · by cap10mike
    BizPacReview.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    On Sunday, April 15th, 2012, BPR's president and CEO Jack Furnari faced off with Democratic political strategist Eric Johnson, discussing President Obama's recent speech at FAU in Boca Raton. Jack gave his insight as to why Obama's speech fell flat and Jack's points were a home run. Watch the segment:
  • The president is winning his phony ‘war on women’

    04/12/2012 11:55:26 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama has become an expert at making phony claims and exploiting bogus issues. On the energy front, who can forget his claim that we’d have no need for new oil production or exploration if we simply kept our tires properly inflated and got regular tune-ups? Now it’s fuel made from algae, a technology that is, at best, decades away and will probably be just as cost-ineffective as ethanol. The president’s phony issue du jour is the Republican Party’s alleged war on women. The issue’s roots were planted at the Jan. 7 Republican primary debate in New Hampshire. ABC News'...
  • Katy Perry boycott not the stuff of real feminists

    04/01/2012 7:37:18 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 43 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | April 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    According to Dictionary.reference.com, “feminism” is defined as: 1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. 2. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. Reading this, one can almost hear Helen Reddy singing out the strains of “I am woman, hear me roar.” Insofar as the concept of feminism is concerned, I can’t seriously believe that anyone, male or female, living in present-day America can argue with feminism’s goals. Equality and justice (together with life) are the cornerstones of our country’s founding; indeed, all...
  • Forget the fair trial, let's just take a poll

    03/31/2012 6:36:08 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 9 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 31, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    On the evening of Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28. At the time of the shooting, an unarmed Martin was walking to the home of his father’s girlfriend in a Sanford gated community. Zimmerman was armed with a handgun and working as a community crime watch captain. Martin was African-American, and Zimmerman was Hispanic. Shortly before the shooting, Zimmerman was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, who admonished him not to follow Martin. In the following days, an eyewitness came forward to report that Martin was the aggressor, while Zimmerman cried...
  • Update-Allen West Attacked by AstroTurf Leftist Organization

    03/28/2012 5:23:00 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    The Shark Tank ^ | March 28, 2012 | Javier Manjarres
    The continued assault on Congressman Allen West by the progressive/Democrat establishment has taken a new twist as a mysterious group is now soliciting prospective protesters online and paying them for their “protesting” services. The probable Soros-backed group Stand Up Florida is now specifically campaigning against Congressman West in the 18th congressional district that he is running for re-election in. Here’s the link to Stand Up Florida’s website which makes no attempt to hide their contempt for West. Stand Up Florida’s advertisement is now on Craig’s List (screen capture below) that calls on folks in N.Palm Beach, Martin, and St.Lucie counties-the...
  • Military unveils new 'heat beam' weapon

    03/27/2012 9:38:16 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 17 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Diana Demarest
    The Active Denial System, called ADS for short, is a non-lethal weapon that has been in development for 15 years. It delivers a man-sized heat beam on a radio frequency of 95 gigahertz. Accessing the same millimeter wave technology used in airport body scanners, the beam penetrates only 1/64th of an inch into a person's skin and cornea, heating water molecules in the tissue and generating an instinctive urge to run from the effect. The prototypes the military demonstrated where installed on two different vehicles -- one built onto a heavy expanded-mobility tactical truck, the other onto a Humvee. "You're...
  • Constitution doesn’t guarantee free contraceptives

    03/27/2012 4:21:16 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 7 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Last month, the grossly exaggerated testimony of a 30-year-old Georgetown law student delivered before an ad hoc congressional committee quite blatantly attempted to expand the legal definition of the term, “denial of services.” When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held that all employers, even religious institutions, must provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive services, including those aiding abortions, to its employees, it set off a firestorm within the Roman Catholic community. The department’s mandate directly conflicts with the church’s 2,000-year history celebrating the sanctity of life. When health officials issued their decision, U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa,...
  • The progressives’ war on philanthropy

    03/22/2012 7:41:10 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 6 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    America’s religious and private philanthropic organizations are under attack from the left. Money begets power in almost every endeavor of human life. The couple with the largest down payment receive the lowest mortgage interest rate. Those with the reputation as big tippers get the best tables and service at restaurants. The business with the healthiest cash reserve has the power to not only prosper but also to gobble up its competitors during lean times. As true as this maxim is in the private sector, it’s even more prevalent in government circles. Politicians buy votes by offering “free stuff” to their...
  • Al Gore doesn't know he's a one-percenter

    03/20/2012 3:45:18 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 4 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    The South by Southwest Festival (known as SXSW), held every March in Austin, Texas, bills itself as a "unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies." This year, things got a bit more political, adding a few sparks to its normal techie, artsy-fartsy flair. During a public discourse between former Vice President Al Gore Jr. and Sean Parker (who co-founded Napster), Gore said, “Our democracy has been hacked,” and urged the audience to commence an “Occupy Democracy” movement. This is eerily reminiscent of statements he made to Keith Olbermann last August, including the idea that we should work...
  • Navy to test humanoid robot to fight fires

    03/16/2012 6:30:11 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 19 replies · 1+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 16, 2012 | Diana Demarest
    The Navy has teamed up with Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania to develop a humanoid robot to fight fires on-board its vessels. The Navy Technology Center for Safety & Survivability at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., carries out research to solve Navy problems regarding combustion, fire extinguishing, fire modeling and scaling, damage control, and atmosphere hazards. The robot, called the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR for short, is designed to move throughout the ship, interact with people and fight fires. It will be charged with handling the dangerous firefighting tasks normally performed by humans. The...
  • Florida Senate caves to CAIR on Shariah law

    03/15/2012 5:04:05 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 21 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    On March 1, BizPac Review published my column titled, “Florida gets it right on Sharia law.” In it, I reported that the Florida Legislature was considering a bill prohibiting use of foreign law in the courts. The bill was quickly making its way through the legislative committees, and passage at that time seemed imminent. It seems I jumped the gun. Although the House version (HB-1209) easily gained approval, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, never brought the Senate version (SB-1360) up for a vote before the close of the 2012 legislative session. Obviously, my crystal ball has run past its...
  • Allen West hits a Porsche while simulating texting and driving

    03/13/2012 1:42:39 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 17 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Yes, it’s true that Representative Allen West (R-FL) hit a Porsche this morning, but it was to bring attention to a bill that he is co-sponsoring in Congress called the Safe Teen and Novice Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act – H.R. 1515. West spoke to students, educators, and law enforcement officials at Jupiter High School emphasizing his support for the bill after he took the simulated driving test that shows what can happen when you text and drive. "If you're gonna hit something, hit a Porsche," West said as his test came to an end.
  • Wisconsin voter fraud proves need for ID laws

    03/13/2012 5:06:23 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 13, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    You’ve just tripped and fallen down a rabbit hole. You now find that up is down, left is right, nothing is as it should be. Are you looking through the looking glass in Alice’s Wonderland? Nope! You’re in Wisconsin, my friend. Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker was elevated to his position upon his promise to clean up the state, reduce the stranglehold of the public workers’ unions and balance the budget. He has kept his promise. Proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished, he’s now the subject of a recall petition. One of the bills he signed into...
  • Scientific advisor alleges administration intentionally falsified records

    03/08/2012 5:52:32 AM PST · by cap10mike · 5 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    From the earliest days of the Wild West, water rights have always been a bone of contention and, no doubt, the cause of more than one gunfight. It’s still an issue to this day. But instead of being a dispute between farmer and rancher or cattleman and sheepherder, it’s now a battle between people and fish. Two years ago, the Delta smelt, a tiny, minnow-like fish, caused a brouhaha. In an effort to save this fish (which has no commercial value whatsoever), water supplies to California’s Central Valley were severely limited. As a direct result, this fertile agricultural center was...
  • Military chaplains gagged by Obama administration

    03/05/2012 6:25:26 AM PST · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Professionals serving in the armed forces enjoy a unique relationship with the military. Although they’re commissioned officers, they aren’t generally thought of as warriors in the true sense. They instead serve their military brethren in their professional capacity. That being the case, their activities are primarily bound and dictated by the practices and standards of their profession. For example, a Marine JAG officer adheres to his legal Code of Ethics, whereas an Army physician is expected to conform to his Hippocratic Oath. Likewise, a Navy Catholic chaplain would be expected to conduct himself according to his own religious doctrine in...
  • Florida gets it right on Sharia law

    03/02/2012 4:06:04 AM PST · by cap10mike · 17 replies · 252+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Late last year, a Florida court used Sharia law to decide a case it was considering. This set off a firestorm of dissent, even reaching the studios of Fox News, where Eric Bolling opined on “The Five” that “if this sets precedent, there [may well] … be a day where a judge says, ‘By the way, under Sharia law, you ripped off, you stole that thing over there. We need to cut your left hand off.’” Then last week, the Florida House Judiciary Committee approved HB 1209, an anti-Sharia bill, by a 14-1 vote. In January, the Florida House Civil...
  • Lois Frankel has a problem with the truth

    02/29/2012 7:18:45 AM PST · by cap10mike · 3 replies · 1+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, running for Congress in District 22, no longer has U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, to rail against. West announced he’ll be running in District 18 this year. Frankel now chooses to ignore her most immediate opponents -- Kristin Jacobs, who she’ll be facing in the Democratic primary, and Adam Hasner, the presumed Republican nominee -- to set her sights on bigger game. The former mayor chose to redirect her anger and frustration at the entire U.S. House Republican leadership and the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy. Well, no one can say she doesn’t set...
  • Unions ruining America’s workplace

    02/27/2012 10:42:21 AM PST · by cap10mike · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    With private-sector union membership shrinking, organized labor is now seeking counsel from the old adage, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” On Jan. 24, the New York Post reported that “union goons resorted to outrageous tactics to browbeat hotel employees into joining their ranks — going so far as to photograph a female staffer as she changed clothes in an employee locker room, apparently to blackmail her.” Had this been an isolated incident, I might have overlooked it -- but it wasn’t. Each day brings reports of union members intimidating bystanders, destroying property, even storming the doorstep of private residences...
  • Planned Parenthood: Organization of deceit

    02/22/2012 4:28:41 AM PST · by cap10mike · 11 replies · 2+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Honesty. We demanded it from advertisers. The result was “truth in advertising” laws. Because we expect it from our banks, we have “truth in lending” legislation. We need it from government, and so we’re given “sunshine laws” and the “Freedom of Information Act.” Now it’s time that we hold other organizations to the same minimum standards. Unless we can interact with one another honestly, our ability to make knowledgeable, informed decisions is destroyed. The first organization I would hit is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Its dishonesty first appeared on my radar a little over a year ago when...
  • Budget cuts push flight security back to pre-9/11 risks

    02/20/2012 5:46:21 AM PST · by cap10mike · 52 replies · 1+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A United Airlines flight has taken off from New York without incident, and is now winging its way toward Los Angeles. Some passengers are readying their iPads and notebook computers in anticipation of an OK from the crew to power up their devices. Others are settling into their seats with a good book, or maybe a few winks of much-needed sleep. As the plane begins to level off at its assigned cruising altitude, the “Fasten Seat Belt” light is finally extinguished. That’s when all hell breaks loose. Three burly terrorists rush the cockpit door and ....
  • Military ‘memes’ worth a thousand words

    02/16/2012 4:37:56 PM PST · by cap10mike · 16 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 16, 2012 | Diana Demarest
    Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. I enjoy these posters, also known as "memes," and they are just too good not to share.
  • Obama blunder escalates Catholic holy war

    02/15/2012 10:06:30 AM PST · by cap10mike · 28 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama firmly placed one foot into a political quagmire by supporting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to renege on the “conscience exception” to Obamacare. This allowed religious organizations to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception and sterilization. Sebelius’ decision placed Catholic employers squarely on the horns of a dilemma. They could either violate their religious beliefs or pay a huge fine to HHS. When the president offered a compromise in response to mounting public outcry, instead of backing away from the controversy, he planted his other foot into the muck.