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Damron has found refuge … among those who benefited most

7 Aug
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By Tom Tillison

When it comes to the Orlando Sentinel, journalistic integrity seems to have taken a back seat long ago. Further affirmation of this point of view surfaced in the “quiet” news this week that reporter David Damron accepted a position with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson‘s campaign.

It’s not much of a stretch to wonder if Damron jumping ship is a tell-tale sign of the newspaper’s financial woes, and having spent more than 16 years as a county beat reporter, you can’t fault the guy for considering a career change, but make no mistake about it, it is not by accident that Damron has found a home with the bombastic Democratic congressman.

In many ways, the institutional left in this town owes it’s existence to Susannah Randolph, a former ACORN political director. As much as local resident Bill Phillips is seen as the likely funding source for the hard left, Randolph is, almost certainly, the brain trust behind local community organizing efforts.

If Randolph had a protege, it would definitely be Stephanie Porta — the two are inseparable when it comes to local political activism. Porta is the state director for Organize Now, the de facto successor to ACORN Florida, which re-branded when the national organization was exposed as a criminal enterprise.

(ACORN is an acronym for “Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,” hence the name “Organize Now” — simplicity at its best.)

I’ve gotten a little lost in the weeds, but the background is important because Randolph is also the “district director” for Congressman Grayson.

And Porta spearheaded the mandatory paid sick leave ballot initiative, an issue that David Damron covered extensively — at last count, he wrote more than 40 articles on paid sick leave, many of which critics would suggest bordered on advocacy.

And he quoted Porta often.

In fact, their relationship goes back to at least 2006. And while Damron frequently sought out her point of view on developments related to the issue, he never availed himself of the opinion of a leading national labor expert who personally offered to provide a countering point of view.

Damron also reported on poll results favorable to paid sick leave, to include quoting Brook Hines, the director of Community Business Association of Central Florida, without reporting that her group commissioned the poll.

Or that CBA was an entity of Organize Now.

We could go on about covert nudges and the exchange of sly smiles between Damron and Randolph when they thought no one was looking, or talk about clear efforts to intimidate opponents of the Randolph/Porta clique, but for those who were paying attention, there is little doubt he was carrying their water.

And while our persistent public criticism of the bias displayed by this reporter eventually resulted in a more balanced effort, amid all the uncertainty in an industry commonly referred to as the “dead tree media,” Damron has found refuge.

Among those who benefited most from his efforts.

Zealots on the left will defend the move, pointing to any number of media personalities who’ve gone on to work for politicians, but this is different. Never mind that it’s another black eye for an already punch drunk Orlando Sentinel, this shows the press can be compromised when ethical behavior is subservient to an agenda.

A dangerous thing indeed when considering the power of the media.

Effort to exploit Orange County ballot initiatives gets new life

18 May

From I-4 Activist Watch

While the Board of County Commissioners dithers, the ongoing exploitation of the Orange County Charter by politically motivated ideologues received new life in the form of a fresh influx of sorely needed cash.

According to the latest financial statements filed with the local Supervisor of Elections, Citizens for Informed Elections received $34,500 in new contributions in April, to include $9,500 from Tax Collector Scott Randolph, the former chair of the local Democratic Party.

Having blown through a nearly $50,000 “gift” from Washington, D.C. based Leadership Center for the Common Good, the money could not have come at a more opportune time for the group, which is pushing for a ballot initiative to make all county races partisan and move these elections from August to November.

An effort that reflects the confidence the activist-dominated Orange County Democratic Party has with a lead of nearly 100,000 registered voters. But petition gathering for the ballot initiative had slowed substantially in March as money became scarce.

As for who LCCG is, Capital Research Center said the hard left 501(c)(3) nonprofit likes to focus on training local community organizers to “rage against capitalism.”

The other $25,000 Citizens for Informed Elections received came from Miami-based Democratic donor Chris Findlater, a deep pocketed favorite of Bill Phillips, the Orlando-based bag man for progressive left causes.

Findlater and Phillips are no strangers to using ballot initiatives for political gain, having been the driving force behind Fair Districts, the successful 2010 effort driven by liberal interests to affect the way congressional and legislative districts are drawn in Florida.

Interestingly, Randolph’s sizable contribution came Voters for Change, a PAC he controls. Where did the PAC receive the money? From another PAC Randolph controls, Responsible People of Florida.

While the Orlando Sentinel is quick to report on the financial activity of local Republican lawmakers, you may want to get comfortable waiting to read about this latest development in the newspaper.

Meanwhile, outside money continues to flow into Orange County to prop up the manipulation of the citizen petition process to advance an ideologically driven agenda and establish an election year infrastructure for the left — an effort that continues unabated, even as the BCC whistles past the graveyard.

Up to our pits with Michelle Obama

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michelle-obama-diwali-550x780Understanding that it’s nothing short of blasphemy to ever criticize President Barack Obama and/or First Lady Michelle Obama, Rattle Tale feels it is time to speak out.

We’ve had it up to our pits with being in the pits about the track this country is on, yet we continue to be subjected to Michelle’s pits!

At a White House Diwali celebration on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama once again gives America a full, unadulterated shot of her arm pits — Diwali is an important Hindu holiday.

Label us as you will, but we say we’ve had enough of this unsightly demonstration!

In their love affair with the Obama’s, the media goes to great lengths to project Michelle Obama as a modern day Jacqueline Kennedy, so Rattle Tale did an exhaustive search — almost 5 minutes — to find photos of Mrs. Kennedy flashing her pits to the country.

The search turned up many photos of a sleeveless Jackie, but it seems class always got the better of her when before cameras.

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But again and again, Michelle O persists. Our Founding Fathers once noted that “all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable,” but have we not suffered enough?

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ACORN activists and SEIU on same page as Scott Maxwell – again

26 Sep

You might be a closet progressive if ACORN activists and union thugs are celebrating your opinion!

Orlando Sentinel gossip columnist Scott Maxwell is once again targeting Republican lawmakers in a column that focuses on hypocrisy — this from the man who could write a book on hypocrisy.

The moral busybody rails on the big, bad Republicans for denying health insurance to the poor, all but screaming “Republicans want you to die quickly!” The given in his argument, of course, is that health care is an inalienable right and it’s government’s role to provide it. Any questions?

And when ACORN Florida successor Organize Now and the Service Employees International Union — the “purple shirts” — are reverberating your work, is there any further denying one’s far-left ideology?

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3 Feb

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Rep. Kathy Castor Demands Piano Wire Confiscation?

4 Jan

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Ruger Introduces New Commemorative Pistol

28 Dec

Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. It will be named the “Congressman.”

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It doesn’t work and you can’t fire it.

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