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ISSN 1062-7421, Vol. 12 No. 2 (February 2002) pp. 79-83; THE FOUNDING OF AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PRESS LIBERTY, 1640-1800 by Robert W. T. Martin. New York: New York University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0-8147-5655-7

Reviewed by Rick A. Swanson, Department of Political Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“Things are not always what they seem...” (Phaedrus)

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes)


“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. (Sherlock Holmes, “The Yellow Face” Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.” --Phaedrus http://www.forbes.com/quotes/
author/phaedrus and:
http://quoteseverlasting.com/
author.php?a=Phaedrus

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” (Sherlock Holmes: “A Study in Scarlet,” by Arthur Conan Doyle)

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." Sherlock Holmes Quote -A Scandal in Bohemia

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 6, p. 111, by Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 1, p. 92, by Arthur Conan Doyle)


"How, then, did you deduce the telegram?"

"Why, of course I knew that you had not written a letter, since I sat opposite to you all morning. I see also in your open desk there that you have a sheet of stamps and a thick bundle of postcards. What could you go into the post-office for, then, but to send a wire? Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth." (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 1 - The Science of Deduction) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-01.html


“"How came he, then?" I reiterated. "The door is locked; the window is inaccessible. Was it through the chimney?"

"The grate is much too small," he answered. "I had already considered that possibility."

"How, then?" I persisted.

"You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head. "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?"

"He came through the hole in the roof!" I cried.

"Of course he did. He must have done so. If you will have the kindness to hold the lamp for me, we shall now extend our researches to the room above -- the secret room in which the treasure was found."” (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 6 - Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-06.html


“"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."”

“The first part of the quotation ("If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered") has not been found anywhere in Thomas Jefferson's writings, to Albert Gallatin or otherwise. It is identified in Respectfully Quoted as spurious, and the editor further points out that the words "inflation" and "deflation" are not documented until after Jefferson's lifetime.

The second part of the quotation ("I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...") may well be a paraphrase of a statement Jefferson made in a letter to John Taylor in 1816. He wrote, "And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

The third part of this quotation ("The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs") may be a misquotation of Jefferson's comment to John Wayles Eppes, "Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs."” [Internal citations removed]

Source: “Private Banks (Quotation),” from “The Jefferson Monticello” website: http://www.monticello.org/site/
jefferson/private-banks-quotation, which, according to the website, http://www.monticello.org
/site/about, has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns over 2,500 acres of Jefferson's 5,000-acre plantation.


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"Free press doctrine lionized the press as the prime defender of public liberty in its role as a bulwark against governmental tyranny. Open press doctrine, on the other hand, stressed the individual right of every man to air his sentiments for all to consider, regardless of his political perspective or the consequences for the people's liberty."

http://www.LawCourts.org/
LPBR/reviews/martinrowt.htm

ISSN 1062-7421, Vol. 12 No. 2 (February 2002) pp. 79-83; THE FOUNDING OF AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PRESS LIBERTY, 1640-1800 by Robert W. T. Martin. New York: New York University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0-8147-5655-7

Reviewed by Rick A. Swanson, Department of Political Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


* Wisdom
Prov 4:7; Matt 10:16; Jas 1:5

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." Proverbs 4:7 (KJV) Holy Bible

"“Behold, I [JESUS] am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16 (ESV) Holy Bible

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5 (NKJV) Holy Bible

* Truth
Ex 18:21; Ps 51:6; Prov 3:3; John 8:32; 14:6

"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens." Exodus 18:21 (NASB) Holy Bible

"Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom." Psalm 51:6 (NASB) Holy Bible

"Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:" Proverbs 3:3 (KJV) Holy Bible

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”" John 8:32 (NASB) Holy Bible

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 (KJV) Holy Bible

* Righteousness
Ecc 12:13-14; Micah 6:8; Matt 10:16

"13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments [e.g., be righteous], for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good [righteous] or evil [unrighteous]." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NIV) Holy Bible

"He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice [e.g., righteousness], to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 (NASB) Holy Bible

"Behold, I [JESUS] send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless [e.g., righteous, innocent, honest] as doves." Matthew 10:16 (KJV) Holy Bible

* Follow the Master's Example
Deut 1:35-36; John 13:15; 14:12; I Pet 2:21; 5:3

"35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers. 36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord." Deuteronomy 1:35-36 (KJV) Holy Bible

"For I [JESUS] have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." John 13:15 (KJV) Holy Bible

"Verily, verily, I [JESUS] say unto you, He that believeth on me [JESUS], the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do [by following JESUS' example, and with His help]; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12 (KJV) Holy Bible

"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ [JESUS] also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps," 1 Peter 2:21 (NASB) Holy Bible

"not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:3 (ESV) Holy Bible

* FIGHT for the TRUTH!
Prov 24:10; Luke 14:31; Sirach 4:28

"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." Proverbs 24:10 (KJV) Holy Bible

"Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?" Luke 14:31 (NKJV) Holy Bible

"Strive for the truth unto death, and the Lord shall fight for thee." Sirach 4:28 (KJV) Holy Bible

"Fight to the death for truth, and the Lord God will fight for you." Sirach 4:28 (NRSV, 1989) Holy Bible


Truth is the strongest, most stable force in the Universe

Truth doesn't change because you disbelieve it

TRUTH doesn't bend to the will of tyrants

Get Truth!

"First, they [Nazis] came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me."(Martin Niemöller, given credit for a quotation in The Harper Religious and Inspirational Quotation Companion, ed. Margaret Pepper(New York: Harper &Row, 1989), 429 -as cited on page 44, note 17,of Religious Cleansing in the American Republic, by Keith A. Fornier,Copyright 1993, by Liberty, Life, and Family Publications.
Some versions have Mr. Niemöller saying: "Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant"; other versions have him saying that they came for Socialists, Industrialists, schools, the press,and/or the Church; however, it's certain he DID say SOMETHING like this. Actually, they may not have come for the Jews first, as it's more likely they came for the prisoners, mentally handicapped, &other so-called "inferiors" first -as historians tell us-so they could get "practiced up"; however, they did come for them -due to the silence of their neighbors -and due in part to their own silence. So: "
Speak up now or forever hold your peace!" -G W W




“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“Things are not always what they seem...” (Phaedrus)

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence.” (Sherlock Holmes)

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes)


“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. (Sherlock Holmes, “The Yellow Face” Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.” --Phaedrus http://www.forbes.com/quotes/
author/phaedrus and:
http://quoteseverlasting.com/
author.php?a=Phaedrus

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” (Sherlock Holmes: “A Study in Scarlet,” by Arthur Conan Doyle)

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." Sherlock Holmes Quote -A Scandal in Bohemia

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 6, p. 111, by Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 1, p. 92, by Arthur Conan Doyle)


"How, then, did you deduce the telegram?"

"Why, of course I knew that you had not written a letter, since I sat opposite to you all morning. I see also in your open desk there that you have a sheet of stamps and a thick bundle of postcards. What could you go into the post-office for, then, but to send a wire? Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth." (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 1 - The Science of Deduction) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-01.html


“"How came he, then?" I reiterated. "The door is locked; the window is inaccessible. Was it through the chimney?"

"The grate is much too small," he answered. "I had already considered that possibility."

"How, then?" I persisted.

"You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head. "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?"

"He came through the hole in the roof!" I cried.

"Of course he did. He must have done so. If you will have the kindness to hold the lamp for me, we shall now extend our researches to the room above -- the secret room in which the treasure was found."” (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 6 - Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-06.html


“"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."”

“The first part of the quotation ("If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered") has not been found anywhere in Thomas Jefferson's writings, to Albert Gallatin or otherwise. It is identified in Respectfully Quoted as spurious, and the editor further points out that the words "inflation" and "deflation" are not documented until after Jefferson's lifetime.

The second part of the quotation ("I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...") may well be a paraphrase of a statement Jefferson made in a letter to John Taylor in 1816. He wrote, "And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

The third part of this quotation ("The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs") may be a misquotation of Jefferson's comment to John Wayles Eppes, "Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs."” [Internal citations removed]

Source: “Private Banks (Quotation),” from “The Jefferson Monticello” website: http://www.monticello.org/site/
jefferson/private-banks-quotation, which, according to the website, http://www.monticello.org
/site/about, has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns over 2,500 acres of Jefferson's 5,000-acre plantation.


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Press corps give news coverage U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15th) (Thr. 04 Aug. 2016, IN THE NEWS) News ; Press ; Higher Education ; Politics ; Congress * The Dennis Ross 'Higher-Ed' solution in the news * After much effort on the part of all parties, the two "Higher Ed" solutions that central-Florida Republican congressman, Dennis A. Ross supported in a recent Town Hall Meeting (news item below) have now been receiving increased mainstream news media attention. Register editor/publisher, Gordon W. Watts, who was the initial proponent of these popular solutions, is in agreement with Ross' two proposed solutions: (#1) removal of taxpayer dollars from higher ed loans, in the first place, as a preventative measure, and, (#2) for existing college loans, the return of bankruptcy, which would repair an Unconstitutional Law: University of Connecticut law professor Philip Shuchman testified before Congress, explaining that their removal of bankruptcy from college loans violated Federal Equal Protection: (source 1) * (source 2) * (cached archive) Watts, who nearly won on behalf of Terri Schiavo, all by himself, thinks that there are additional Constitutional problems with current U.S. Bankruptcy Law regarding student loans - and has contacted both Congressman Ross, as well as his two state Senators, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). * PDF version * *.html web page * Email Attachments folder (local copy) * Email Attachments folder (mirror 1) * Email Attachments folder (mirror 2) -- Meanwhile, increasing mainstream news media seems to agree with Watts:

* "Student loan issue teed up for Trump," By Alan Collinge, contributor, The Hill, August 08, 2016, 04:58 pm: (main live link: you may comment on article, here) * (Google cache) * (Archive.org Internet Archive)

* "A Polk Perspective: Fix our bankrupt policy on student debt," By Gordon Wayne Watts, Guest columnist, The Ledger, August 04, 2016 [Scanned image of print version: PDF * *.jpg image * Screenshot: PDF * *.png image * Cache: *.html webpage * PDF]

* "Gordon in LAKELAND, Fla," on College Debt, Coast to Coast AM, "Open Line FRIDAY's," top of "Hour 4"; Fri.22-July-2016-PM to Sat.23-July-2016-PM * YouTube annotated video * Facebook annotated video * Twitter feed * local cached copy (*.wmv format) * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache * Coast to Coast AM (Official episode page)

* "Republican Congressman breaks with party, admits college loans deserve bankruptcy," By Gordon Wayne Watts, The Register, Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:34 p.m., -UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 07:41 a.m. (EST-EDT) * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache * mirror 3 cache * mirror 4 cache

* "Is the Mark Tetzlaff Case Over at the Supreme Court? Maybe Not., Posted by: Gordon Wayne Watts (Guest Post) (Debt Articles, Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharge), GetOutOfDebt.org, March 23, 2016 * local cached copy * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache

* "Column: The student loan crisis that can't be gotten rid of," By Maureen 'Moe' Tkacik, Reuters, News | Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 8:48pm EDT [(Cache Archive: *.html webpage format *** *.doc Word format *** PDF format)]

* "Why College Prices Keep Rising," By Alan Michael Collinge, Special to The Register | September 16, 2012, originally published at FORBES, on Mar 19, 2012 @ 06:43 AM

* "Allowing Student Loans Increases the Cost of Education at All Levels," By Gordon Wayne Watts, [ LETTER ], The Ledger, June 03, 2011 * local cached copy * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache

* "Beware the debt trap," By Gordon Wayne Watts, (Letters To The Editor) TBO.com ; The Tampa Tribune, Published: October 18, 2009 ; Updated: March 23, 2013 at 02:59 PM * local cached copy * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache

* "Higher-Ed Tuition Costs: The ‘Conservative’ view is not on either extreme," By Gordon Wayne Watts, The Register, Published: Monday, 28 September 2009 ; Last Modified: Sunday, 29 May 2016: mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache * mirror 3 cache * mirror 4 cache

RELATED:

* [The famous "Million Person" petition] "Support Student Loan Forgiveness," Petition by Student Debt Crisis, hosted by MoveOn circa: 2012 - see news items, below * (Note: the claim on the petition, "There are currently 1,203,666 signatures," is documented as of today, Thr 04 Aug 2016. Cf: screenshot1-MILLION-PERSON-petition.PNG * screenshot2-MILLION-PERSON-petition.PNG * screenshot1-MILLION-PERSON-petition.JPG * screenshot2-MILLION-PERSON-petition.JPG ~Editor)

* "Will a million online signatures push Congress to take up student loan debt relief?," By Kitty Felde, 89.3, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, March 25, 2013

* "1 Million People Show Support for Student Loan Forgiveness Act," By Katy Hopkins | Staff Writer, U.S. News & World Report, June 28, 2012, at 4:15 p.m.

* "Student Loans: 1 Million Signatures Delivered Asking Congress To Do More Than Low Interest Rates," By Tyler Kingkade Senior Editor/Reporter, The Huffington Post, 06/29/2012 05:47 pm ET

ACTION    items    -for those who wish to do something:

Leglislative (1st Branch of Government)
Congress (House) * Senate * Other resources to contact your Federal lawmaker (states have little or no control over federal matters) * USA.gov * ContactingTheCongress.org * Medium.com

Executive (2nd Branch of Government)
The Whitehouse claims to have made improvements in Higher Ed, and, to some extent, they have. However, has The Whitehouse and President really done all that they could? Oh, really? https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call or https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact by email.

Judicial (3rd Branch of Government) - here are some ideas
* "Is the Mark Tetzlaff Case Over at the Supreme Court? Maybe Not., Posted by: Gordon Wayne Watts (Guest Post) (Debt Articles, Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharge), GetOutOfDebt.org, March 23, 2016 * local cached copy * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache

The "4th Estate" (contacting the News Media)
http://www.nytix.com/Links/TV/articles/newsmediacontacts.html * http://blog.fundrazr.com/tips-and-tricks/how-to-pitch-your-story * http://fair.org/take-action-now/media-activism-kit/media-contact-list * http://archive.mrc.org/MediaAddresses/mediaaddresses.asp * ...or call, write, and visit your local newspapers, TV stations, go to demonstrations, protests, and write letters to the editors, etc.

Petitions: like the above, but a good addition: "Just Do It"
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr449 * Petition2Congress.com petition for H.R. 449 * the famous 1-Million person petition! * Congress.gov - official Congress website on H.R.449

Editor's Note: Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15th) is highlighted here, but he is by no means the only party who is responsible for fixing some very Unconstitutional laws, that affect us all. In my state (Florida), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) are also responsible for passing laws, in the upper chamber (the U.S. Senate). Additionally, U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-FL-13th), another Republican representing the 13th Congressional District of Florida, in Pinellas County, slightly west of Lakeland, is a rare Republican who also supports H.R.449, which shows me that there may be hope for the GOP. "I didn't leave the Republican Party: They left me." ~anonymous disgruntled Republican *** For some bills in question, please see the BILLS folder which is described in more detail on the main "BraveRepublicanBreaksRanksWithGOP-HigheEd.html" news item. Free Press' watchful eye


U.S. Congress logo U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15th) (Wed. 13 Apr. 2016, BREAKING) Higher Education ; Politics ; Congress * Brave Republican Congressman breaks with party, admits college loans deserve bankruptcy * The Register has documented this candid & brave admission. U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross, of Lakeland, Fla., bravely admits that college students deserve bankruptcy safety-net, like all other loans afford, and also affirms the small-government view that we need to “get The Government out of the business of loaning the money,” but has yet to introduce or cosponsor legislation to address either problem. Click here for details and sources to verify & document our claims.

When Universities see subsidies, they increase tuition simply to pay for million-dollar salaries. This costs students (skyrocketing tuition) and taxpayers (who back these loans). Because of that, The Register hopes Ross will end these subsidies, to put a stop to soaring tuition and resulting record College Debt.

Ross, representing Florida's 15th Congressional District (parts of Hillsborough & Polk counties) was once ranked the 'most conservative' Congressman by Heritage Action for America: (link 1) (link 2) (link 3) but has recently been described as "a RINO in conservative camouflage" by Conservative Review: (link 4) (link 5) (link 6) * UPDATE: The Register has notified both Rep. Ross, Sens. Nelson & Rubio, and the local news media-and has, more-recently, reprised his call for action: (.pdf file format or: web-page *.html file) See e.g., GordonWayneWattsContacts_USSenatorBillNelson.pdf for confirmation of receipt. So, they have been put on notice that "We the People" want representation. *** Click here for details. ***


U.S. Marshall's Service - logo #1 (Wed. 17 Feb. 2016, BREAKING) Higher Education ; Courts * Texas man arrested for not paying student loan * Yesterday, CNN reported that "A Texas man was arrested by U.S. Marshals last week for not paying his $1,500 federal student loan -- for 29 years." There were conflicting reports-with The Houston Chronicle now reporting that "US Marshals say man wasn't just arrested because he didn't pay student loans." The Register did investigative reporting to get to the bottom of this. While The Chronicle claims that the arrest wasn't just for nonpayment, but also because "A federal judge then issued a warrant for Aker's arrest for failing to appear at a Dec. 14, 2012, hearing," nonetheless, a closer review finds that Paul Aker, the recipient of the college loan "went inside to get my gun because I didn't know who these guys were," as reported by CNNMoney. Aker also told CNNMoney that he doesn't remember having a conversation with US Marshalls, who alleged they called him first. Aker further said he hasn't received any notification about the outstanding loan "in a long time." The Register supports the Rule of Law, and doesn't deny Courts may issue bench warrants for failure to appear, yet this seems, in our judgment, to be extreme - even more-so in light of the Constitutional problems with the underlying loan. (See our previous coverage of the Constitutional challenge to these laws, in our Sun. 14 Feb. 2016, UPDATES, below.) U.S. Marshall's Service - logo #2

Higher Ed logo (Sun. 14 Feb. 2016, UPDATES) Higher Education ; Courts * Full coverage of Supreme Court 'College Loan' case * The Register now has full coverage, including the full court docket, with commentary, of the Tetzlaff 'Student Loan' case, including details on how Register legal editor, and Editor-in-Chief, Gordon Watts, breathed new life into this case, once thought dead. Click here for full coverage, links, docket, and other resources.Scales of JUSTICE

(Sat. 13 Feb. 2016, BREAKING) Courts ; Politics * Justice Antonin Scalia dead * U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia has passed away, late Friday or early Saturday, at the age of 79, recent news reports confirm. The Register sends our sincere condolences to the Scalia family.

(Fri. 05 Feb. 2016, for Immediate Release) Higher Education ; Courts * College Loan case may get a break from High Court Mark Warren Tetzlaff, who is partially disabled, is seeking bankruptcy of his college loan, since he is unable to work. Famous 'Gay Marriage' attorney, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier has taken Tetzlaff's case, but has stalled and apparently declined to seek rehearing. Register editor, Gordon W. Watts, who self-identifies as Conservative, is not asking the High Court for outright loan forgiveness in his request to intervene. Instead, he is asking merely that the same standard consumer protections as Credit Card holders have also be returned to Student Loans, as in the past. Watts, who is himself under financial duress, has asked the Court to intervene as a matter of right, since he is affected and his own rights aren't represented in this case. Watts has pulled out all the stops - and filed a professionally-done brief. In case The Court claims his filing is late, he has documentation of delivery to a commercial carrier in a timely fashion. Update: Watts used Hallward-Driemeier's old address & made a couple of odd 'Scrivener's Errors' (typos), invoking Rule 201(c)(2), Fed.R.Civ.P., to give The Court judicial notice. Short, to-the-point, and a good read: 15-485_SuppCertOfService-GordonWayneWatts_AS-FILED.pdf with proof of delivery: Tetzlaff-case-DOCUMENTATION-of-delivery-and-printing-GordonWayneWatts-Intervention.pdf

(Tue. 01 Dec. 2015, from Staff Reports) Courts * Chicago Courts refuse to help elderly 'Mortgage Rescue Scam' victim; make him homeless: For those who remember, this is almost exactly like the famous 2009 CHICAGO 'Mortgage Rescue' Scam case in which Lessie Towns became temporarily famous, and had a personal visit from former Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) to address her problem. (Google 'Paul Shelton' (who lost his license over this) and/or 'Lessie Towns' and/or 'Pat Quinn' and/or 'Mortgage Rescue Scam' to verify/clarify.) However, unlike Ms. Towns, Mr. Daniggelis, the elderly victim, did not actually sign away his house and was even more of an innocent victim (albeit with much less news coverage). For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Daniggelis' case, you need only look at the initial filings by Register editor, Gordon Watts in the LAW Division case at this link -the filings denoted by a 'Blinking Dot': they are the most updated 'primary' filings. The The 11/30/2015 Motion for Rehearing in CHANCERY at The Register's open-source docket, is also a very good read - and quite funny in parts! (Note: The Court's docket, which is cached here, does not have image download technology at this time.) Many court observers wonder if Chicago Courts are still corrupt, as in the recent past.

(Mon. 16 Nov. 2015) Breaking * Dr. Ben Carson flip-flops on IMMIGRATION: "Dr. Ben Carson flip-flops on IMMIGRATION -but why? Trump’s plan better, but Carson’s plan is very good -and much less expensive"

(Fri. 06 Nov. 2015) 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION * Higher-Ed candidate question: "Higher-Ed / College Loan QUESTION for Prez Candidates & their supporters (“supporters” - read: YOU!)"

(Sat. 24 Oct. 2015) Special to The Register: Are you Reading a Fictional Mortgage Document?

(Mon. 31 Aug. 2015) US/World Finance: China dumping US Treasuries onto World Market- As reported by FxStreet.com back in July and then confirmed by Bloomberg, China has been selling US Treasury Bonds at a rate of USD$40B per month, which will slowly, but surely, liquidate their USD$3.65T holdings. The Register notes that $40 Billion is slightly more than one (1%) percent of the 3.65 Trillion stockpile total, and that a "billion" is a thousand millions, and that a "trillion" is a thousand billions -or a million millions: Oxford Dictionaries confirms The Register's claim: "In British English, a billion used to be equivalent to a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). British English has now adopted the American figure, though, so that a billion equals a thousand million in both varieties of English."
* (Mon. 31 Aug. 2015) US/World Finance: Commentary- "The beginning of the end": Between our continual / continuous printing of EXCE$S DOLLAR$, and China's dumping on the market, there will be so many dollars floating around, they may not (soon) be worth the paper on which they are printed. With money becoming worthless, we must invest in that which is eternal: help our fellow-man when he (or she) is in need. (That sounds 'religious,' but be that as it may, it seems quite true.) -RELATED: "When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money" --Cree Native American Indian proverb -References: - QuoteInvestigator.com - Quotes.net - OxfordReference.com
(Sun. 16 Aug. 2015) Investigative UPDATE: Mortgage Fraud in Chicago, IL- The Register has filed a request in the trial court to include the previous filings in the record on appeal, and he has also asked the appeals court for supervisory overview of these matters. As previously reported by The Register, legal editor and editor-in-chief, Gordon Watts, uncovered forgery fraud and fraud of other sorts in these mortgage fraud cases.
(Tue. 04 Aug. 2015) Investigative Report: Mortgage Fraud in Chicago, IL- The Register has uncovered mortgage fraud, resulting in a home being stolen, and the elderly home-owner being evicted -and getting no payment whatsoever for the 'sale.' FRAUD: Two signatures on different documents were identical. This is forgery fraud: no mere mortal can sign his/her name exactly the same twice in a row. This fraud was overlooked by the Court and lawyers on both sides: New papers filed in GMAC v. Daniggelis, 2007-CH-29738 and Younes v. Daniggelis, 2014-M1-701473: Court filings -- Misc. Public Records docs (Mr. Richard B. Daniggelis, an elderly Old Town, Chicago gentleman, is the victim.)
Lady Justice
Ponders Odd Ruling
Lady Justice ponders odd ruling

Symbols: SCALES represent competing claims of Redress. BLINDFOLD represents fairness: "Justice is blind." SWORD represents the Power of The Court to enforce Justice.

Case Documents
Lady Justice ponders odd ruling

Key  Documents:
*U.S. Supreme Court docket: In re Gordon Wayne Watts, Petitioner: No. 14-8744*
*Habeas Petition*
*IFP paperwork*
*Amicus Curiae (*.doc)*
*Amicus Curiae (PDF)* *Supplemental Brief (*.doc) 13.8 MB*
*Supplemental Brief (PDF) 30.1 MB*
*2nd Supplemental Brief*
*Petition For Rehearing (*.doc) 13.3 MB*
*Petition For Rehearing (PDF) 28.7 MB*

(Thr. 11 June 2015) News Flash: Fla. Gov. Rick Scott signs controversial 'Gay Adoptions' bill- CS/HB-7013: (Adoption and Foster Care) was "Signed by Officers and presented to Governor [on] Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:10 AM." Source: "Bill History" of Fla. House; cf: Fla. Senate, and signed into law just this afternoon: Transmittal Letter (official link) - Transmittal Letter (cache) The Register reminds readers: The welfare of the child, not making a political statement, is what is foremost on Jesus' mind. ORIGINAL NEWS ITEMS FOLLOW:
(Tue. 02 June 2015) Commentary: Why I oppose an outright ban on 'Gay Adoptions' - A friend of mine just called me up, yelling & screaming that I "support" gays because I oppose an outright ban on gay adoptions. FYI: My friend and I are both against 'Same Sex Marriage,' and we both agree that, on average, gay adoptions are not as good as 'traditional,' 1-man-1-woman marriage parenting or adoption; however, support for an "outright ban" on 'Gay Adoptions' is very bad for no less than three (3) reasons outlined in my response to him, here. Let me go on record and state: if we, conservatives, lose our fight against 'Same Sex Marriage,' it will be for reasons like this needless distraction (and/or for 'rich' conservatives refusing to help 'poor' conservatives like myself file Amici briefs at the nation's high court when the rules required the filer to be a lawyer), and I say we would deserve to lose. ~Gordon W. Watts, Editor-in-Chief
(Fri. 15 May 2015) Politics: Redux on CS/HB 7013 (Adoption and Foster Care), which strikes controversial 'Gay Adoption' law and "conscience clause" debate - The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), and Florida Family Action (FFA) (which is its Lobbying and Legislative arm) has recently lobbied Gov. Rick Scott (R-fla.) to veto CS/HB 7013, Adoption and Foster Care. Click here for Watts' response to that -and balanced analyses of the conscience clause debate.
(Fri. 24 April 2015) Case Update: Court meets today to discuss the Watts case - As all eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court, today, the clerk has taken Watts' case and "DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 24, 2015", which is today, according to docket. Lady Justice silently watches, and ponders whether court will repeat the mistakes of the past.
(Tue. 14 April 2015) Politics: Florida's CS/HB 7013: Adoption and Foster Care bill strikes controversial 'Gay Adoption' law - The bill passed both House and Senate. While The Register opposes both 'Gay Marriage' as well as creation of a new protected class in sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, etc., nonetheless, we 'Conservatives' are not bigots or haters, and real science is used to defend Florida's removal of the 'Gay Adoption' ban. (Editor's Note: Click here to see a 'middle-of-the-road' approach, that should make both Gay Rights activists and right-wingers, like myself, happy -in my letter to The Governor, press, and selected state lawmakers. ~Editor-in-Chief, Gordon Wayne Watts) See how your lawmaker voted: CS/HB 7013 passed the Fla. House by a vote of 68-50-0-1 (Senate page - Cache), but had one flip-flop, and one other late-vote (House page - Cache), bringing the vote to 67-52-0-0. It passed the Fla. Senate by a vote of 27-11-0-2 (Senate page - Cache - House page - Cache), and is set to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
(Sat. 11 April 2015) Causes: Richard's son: medical expenses & care - Editor's Note: I have known Richard for about 20 years, maybe longer, when we hung out at Burton's place. His 8-year-old son has medical problems, and the hospital does not run on air: while it is possible that he may (or may not?) receive some type of aid, it is only fair to pay the hospital what is possible. I would ask readers, that are able, to donate: Click here to donate. Connect with Richard on his Facebook. Again, here is the GoFundMe link for Richard's son's medical expenses: http://www.gofundme.com/rf2jb3b4m ~Editor-in-Chief, Gordon Wayne Watts
(Fri. 03 April 2015) Case Update: High Court enters odd ruling, upholding "money can buy access to courts" rule - Petition for rehearing filed with court, "Original + 40," instead of usual 'O+10' required of In Forma Pauperis, so clerks, Justices, libraries, & press can have easy access. Case docs & court's docket links beneath Lady Justice below, on the right.
(Tue. 24 March 2015) News Updates: Watts' case set for review Fri. Mar. 27 before High Court - Today, The U.S. Supreme Court docketed a 2nd Supplemental Brief in the case of Register editor, Gordon Watts, who, previously, lost a 4-3 decision in State Court in his bid to save Terri Schiavo. Watts is asking the High Court for permission to file an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in several high-profile gay marriage cases, as reported previously by The Register. Case Documents can be downloaded beneath the 'Lady Justice' icon, on the right. Watts is alleging, in his filing, that both sides have overlooked an obvious, and "workable" solution that will grant relief both to the "traditional" marriage advocates, who wish to keep the definition of marriage the same, as well as showing 'Gay Rights' advocates solutions that have been used in the past which did not require the definition of marriage to be altered or changed.
(Tue. 24 March 2015) Commentary: Supreme Court rule which, in essence, says that "money can buy access to the courts," is 'bad' rule - Since RULE 37.3(a) of the US Supreme Court permits that: "An amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court for oral argument may be filed if accompanied by the written consent of all parties...," then Watts' brief would normally be "automatically accepted": as noted on The Court's Official Docket, "Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party" was filed with the court by both petitioners and respondents in one case. [["A petitioner or respondent may submit to the Clerk a letter granting blanket consent to amicus curiae briefs, stating that the party consents to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either or of neither party. The Clerk will note all notices of blanket consent on the docket.": RULE 37.2(a)]] However, unlike the appeals court, which permitted Watts to file an amicus brief, RULE 37.1 of the US Supreme Court does not allow non-attorneys to file such briefs: "An amicus curiae brief may be filed only by an attorney admitted to practice before this Court as provided in Rule 5."

In plain English, an ax-murderer can represent himself pro se, acting as his own attorney, but when filing in someone else's case, The Supreme Court, unlike many other courts, requires you to have a lawyer who is a member of the US Supreme Court bar.

The rule prohibiting "non-lawyers" from filing briefs in other peoples' cases has been around for many decades, and is not unlike the recent rule change prohibiting "non-lawyers" from oral arguments before the High Court. (In SEC v Sloan, 436 U.S. 103, non-lawyer Samuel H. Sloan had oral arguments before the high court, and successfully argued that the SEC, in issuing successive 10-day suspensions, abused its power, and Sloan won 9-0. That 1978 case was the last time a "non-lawyer" orally argued before the high court.)

Many people, including the court's own justices, have said that people have "no" automatic right of review by the Supreme Court, but, as shown above, that is not true in all cases. However, what about the case where a person wants to file a 'friend of the court' brief, as Watts has been allowed to do, but you simply can't afford a lawyer who is a member of the Supreme Court bar? The only thing stopping Watts from filing was the fact that he couldn't afford to "buy access" through a highly-money lawyer. (The fact that he took hard shots at both pro- and anti- gay advocates did not help his chances at finding a lawyer willing to file for him; nor, did it help that Watts is not in the "in crowd" of high rank and status "insiders.") The only lawyer who was receptive to Watts' pleas for help asked $50,000.oo to file, obviously over-priced, and outside most peoples' range.

The court did not find any fault with Watts' brief, and, in fact, actually docketed it in error for a short period of time.

It's a mystery why no one has challenged this long-time rule (or perhaps they did, and the press didn't report on it?), but Watts speculates that it's obvious why no one has bothered to challenge RULE 37.3(a): Watts deduces that most people unable to afford an attorney to file are also too poor to get proper skills to fight an unjust rule, such as this.

But, in the end, it matters not "how long" a rule's been around: just like slavery and womens' suffrage were permitted to carry on for some time, likewise Rule 37.3(a) has been permitted to "keep out" anyone unable to afford an attorney. For this reason, The Register confidently opines that this rule has only one purpose: to ensure that "money buys access" to the high court. No other explanation is adequate: indeed, even Federal Appeals courts, just one notch below the high court, permit this sort of thing, so what's the high court's problem?

It is hoped that The Justices will see the wisdom in updating and revising outdated and antiquated rules that "send the wrong message": Money can buy access to The Court. Moreover, as Sloan has demonstrated, above, sometimes a "non-lawyer" can be very helpful to the court.

That is why Watts' Amicus brief is necessary:
"Rule 37. Brief for an Amicus Curiae
1. An amicus curiae brief that brings to the attention of the Court relevant matter not already brought to its attention by the parties may be of considerable help to the Court."

The Register thinks we should lighten up and try to get along, and to that end: COURT HUMOUR (Irreverent, but clean)


(Thr. 05 March 2015) BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court issues odd ruling in case of Register editor, Gordon Watts, who, previously, lost a 4-3 decision in State Court in his bid to save Terri Schiavo. On Sat. 02-28-2045, two days after Watts' 02-26 call to Merit's Clerk, Erik Fossum, in the news item below, he received this box from the court addressed to him containing some filings and a letter, which included his January Amicus brief, the required Certificate of Compliance, all of his February filings, including the required motions, and a copy of the Court Rules.

The letter from the clerk alleged that both petitions were being returned because, among other things, they needed to specify the type of relief being sought, needed a proper affidavit of indigency, and a “copy of the corrected petition must be served on opposing counsel,” along with a Certificate of Service. Veteran court observers were baffled by the odd response from The Court, since both the January and February filings, in the news items below, clearly specified the relief sought (namely ability to file an amicus pro se, without needing an attorney), the latter included an In Forma Pauperis declaration, which included the required affidavit of indigency, as the rules require, and one of them even served the other parties.

While early speculations included fears that The Court and clerks were merely trying to stonewall and delay Watts' filing or deny him Due Process, The Register notes that this seems unlikely in light of the fact that Clerk Fossum could easily have continued to delay his response to Watts, thereby allowing the time-deadlines to pass for the four consolidated 'Gay Marriage' cases for which Watts is attempting for file an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief.

It is speculated (but not known) that The Clerks faulted his January petition for placing the motion to file in the brief, instead of as a separate filing, and the February petition for failing to serve other parties, which Watts did not do, based on the fact that RULE 20.4(b) of The U.S. Supreme Court states that “Habeas corpus proceedings, except in capital cases, are ex parte, unless the Court requires the respondent to show cause why the petition for a writ of habeas corpus should not be granted,” thereby obviating the need to serve other parties.

In spite of the fact that Watts did not need to serve the other parties, as Rule 20.4(b) implies, he made another attempt to file a Petition for the Extraordinary Writ of Habeas Corpus, along with the required paperwork to proceed as indigent, due to the huge financial costs of his prior filings -and he refiled an updated version of his proposed brief: UPDATED Amicus brief: Mar.01,2015 (Word Doc) * UPDATED Amicus brief: Mar.01,2015 (PDF) * Veteran court observers do not know how The Court will react to Watts' request to become the first person in the court's history to file a Friend of the Court brief without the aid of an attorney, as the current RULE 37.1 requires, especially in light of the fact that Watts' prior filings seemed to comply with the rules, and in light of the apparent discrepancy between the Court's Feb. 19 time-stamp and the actual delivery date of Feb. 18.

Friday 06 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The hoard of Watts' Amicus briefs, with the required paperwork that was prepared on Wed. 04 Mar. 2015 at the local FedEx Office centre, was shipped that morning at 9:45am and delivered today to the Court, and signed for by an 'I.BENNETT' at 2:04pm today, 4 minutes past the 2PM deadline for Amicus briefs supporting neither side, and thus late, unless the 'end of day' is used to time-stamp the filings. The Register believes that these filings will not be counted late because RULE 29.2 of the Court allows that: "A document is timely filed...if it is delivered on or before the last day for filing to a third-party commercial carrier for delivery to the Clerk within 3 calendar days," which it was. The Register also notes that the filing should, legally, actually be time-stamped with the February date, because of RULE 14.5, which permits that the petition would be deemed timely, and thus not late: "If the Clerk determines that a petition submitted timely and in good faith is in a form that does not comply with this Rule or with Rule 33 or Rule 34, the Clerk will return it with a letter indicating the deficiency. A corrected petition submitted in accordance with Rule 29.2 no more than 60 days after the date of the Clerk’s letter will be deemed timely." The petition for The Extraordinary Writ of Habeas Corpus, which Watts filed under RULE 20.2, permits his filing to follow "the form of a petition for a writ of certiorari prescribed by Rule 14," which makes his proposed Amicus Curiae briefs timely, should the Habeas relief be granted. However, as these are very extraordinary requests in Watts' petitions, asking for a wholesale revision of RULE 37.1, which many believe unfairly restricts that "An amicus curiae brief may be filed only by an attorney admitted to practice before this Court," then these time-issues may be inconsequential in The Court's view of the larger questions at hand: Are pro se litigants unfairly denied Due Process or given 'unequal' protection, when compared with those able to afford an attorney? And, can it benefit The Court to do like many appeals courts and allow pro se non-lawyers to file potentially-helpful Amicus briefs?

Monday 09 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has docketed Watts' case: In re Gordon Wayne Watts, Petitioner: No. 14-8744

Thursday 12 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court's docket notes that Watts' case was "DISTRIBUTED for Conference of March 27, 2015," for review by The Justices: In re Gordon Wayne Watts, Petitioner: No. 14-8744 [Editorial Comment: They don't play: that was quite fast. No backlog or slackers here.]

Friday 13 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court does not forward Amicus briefs to Justices, claiming format is incorrect. Watts responds by re-submitting Supplement in the requested format: *Supplemental Brief (*.doc) 13.8 MB* *Supplemental Brief (PDF) 30.1 MB*

Monday 16 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The Supplemental Brief, above, arrived at 10:15am, and was delivered & signed for by an 'L.JOHNSON' this morning...

Tuesday 17 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: ...and docketed: (Court Docket) -- (Cached Screenshot)

Friday 20 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: Watts files 2nd Supplemental Brief in response to newly-discovered testimony on TheBlaze, which cites an article found on TheFederalist related to Gay Marriage child-rearing research cited by Watts in his original filings.

Monday 23 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: The 2nd Supplemental Brief, above, arrived at 11:17am, and was delivered & signed for by a 'W LEE' this morning...

Tuesday 24 Mar. 2015 UPDATE: ...and docketed: (Court Docket) -- (Cached Screenshot)

Confusion about Homosexuality Icon Sat. 14 Feb. 2015 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court almost accepted the Jan. 23 filings (below), and docketed Watts as a party in one case: -Docket- but quickly deleted the entry when they re-read the filing, and saw that Watts wasn't a lawyer. (Apparently, his filing was good enough to pass for that of a lawyer.) The Court eventually denied Watts' request, claiming that he didn't use proper protocol in filing an "All Writs" petition, so he refiled again (receipt) on Feb. 14, 2015, using exacting protocol: * -Motion In Forma Pauperis, etc.- * -UPDATED amicus (PDF)- * -UPDATED amicus (*.doc)- * On Thr. 26 Feb. 2015, at the suggestion of Merit's Clerk, Denise McNerney, he followed-up with a letter to the Justices and sent it Next-Day Air via both FedEx and USPS (and signed for by the same person in both cases) due to the time-sensitive nature of the issue. Now Hiring: One lawyer barred in the U.S. Supreme Court to review & file the amicus in this news item. Payment will cover printing, service, and time. Contact Gordon W. Watts, through this website to inquire. Watts' brief does not have any objectionable material, as does that of the lawyer who filed this bizarre brief; however, to follow proper protocol, prospective lawyer should proof-read to ensure that this problem does not happen. Latest Update: The Register spoke with Merit's Clerk, Erik Fossum, on Thr. 02-26-2015, who confirmed receipt of the Feb. 14 Habeas filing, linked above, but, as yet, it has not appeared in a routine docket search of the U.S. Supreme Court.
UPDATE: On Fri., Jan. 23, 2015, Watts asked U.S. Supreme Court for leave to file an amicus pro se in the 'Gay Marriage' cases currently being reviewed from our sister circuit, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which are consolidated from 4 appeals originating from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee: * -Brief- - * -Certificates of Compliance- * -Signed Certificates- (large file size) *

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Gay Fla Question Icon UPDATE: In Jan. 06, 2015 Order of The Court, Watts' motion for leave to file an amended amicus curiae brief - replacing his timely 11/21/2014 brief on docket - was GRANTED.

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Sun. 30 Nov. 2014 / Updated: Wed. 07 Jan. 2015 BREAKING - FLA GAY MARRIAGE: The Florida Law, which defines "marriage" as '1 man and 1 woman,' and which was passed by voters in 2008 by an addition to the State Constitution, by almost a 62% supermajority vote, was invalidated by a Federal Judge in North Florida this past August. Register Editor, Gordon W. Watts, who, several years ago, lost a 4-3 split decision on behalf of Theresa 'Terri' Schiavo, has been allowed to file an Amicus Curiae brief in the high-profile "Florida Gay Marriage" case, currently being appealed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Atlanta, GA. Watts, a nonlawyer, whose only college training is in the sciences (B.S., Biological/Chemical Sciences, FSU, double major with honours; A.S. Valedictorian in Electronics Technology from The United Electronics Institute) has filed papers in support of the controversial Florida Law. Watts uses a never-before-used 'Equal Protection' argument that, barring an unfair hearing, would be sufficient grounds to either uphold the Florida Law or, in the unlikely alternative, make polygamy (plural marriages) legal. For complete coverage of this issue, including Watts' filings, please see The Register's research page (link here). Court documents, technically, are available to the public -but at a charge; The Register is hosting these court filings as an 'Open Source' service for the interested public. Watts' brief, while likely sufficient to defend the Florida Law, is unique in all the Amici briefs on the state's side, insofar as it offers relief to those who claim damage from the Florida Law -without sacrificing either the definition of marriage as '1 man and 1 woman,' as is currently the law -or compromising the morals of those whose religious beliefs are in agreement with the popular Florida Law. (Permalink-1 -- Permalink-2 -- Official Press Release)

Sat. 30 Aug. 2014 (Last Updated: Sat. 13 Sept. 2014) - LEGAL ANALYSIS: FLORIDA'S proposed Medical Marijuana “Amendment 2” violates Federal Law, contains lies that are misleading -and could even get you arrested, charged, & prosecuted under Federal charges: PROOF - (PDF Document) - (Word *.doc) - (Web-page *.html) - NEW - BIBLICAL ANALYSIS: What does the Christian Bible say about 'Medical Marijuana'? - Surprising finds in both the Old and New Testaments: (PDF Document) - (Word *.doc) - (Web-page *.html) For more on this, as well as Scriptural proof that the rapture is mid-week, but pre-trib, see the Religion (Theology / Spiritual) link in the nav bar, above. - NEW: Portugal has decriminalised the use of all illicit drugs: Does their model work? - (PDF Document) - (Word *.doc) - (Web-page *.html) - NEW: MARIJUANA: Medical and Health effects - (PDF Document) - (Word *.doc) - (Web-page *.html)
Tue. 19 Aug. 2014 - UPDATE to the Tue. 29 July 2014 news item, below: While I believe I acted with good motives at every turn/juncture, I need to clear Atty. John Shannon's name, regarding the news item, below - as touching misconceptions on my part about his own motives: Earlier this evening, Tue. 19 Aug. 2014, I attended a debate between Ms. Burton and Mr. Shannon, and, after the debate, hosted by a local "9-12" group, I made it a point to apologise to Mr. Shannon. (Although the only thing I could think of that I might have done wrong was be a bit talkative to his secretary, when making an inquiry as to why was blocked, nonetheless, whether any of this was my fault or not, I felt it was the 'right' thing to to to apologise to him.) While I am still not sure I know what happened on his end (and while I don't know whether he 'connected' my name and face & recognised me), Mr. Shannon was good enough to accept my apology, and appeared genuinely sincere. Later, I hope to have more updates, which include some news coverage of the debate. So, when you read this account, below, please keep in mind that Mr. Shannon (and his secretaries & staff, like all of us) is human, and subject to mistakes, and please be accordingly patient with all our human limitations, mine included. --Editor-in-Chief, Gordon Wayne Watts -End of Update-
Tue. 29 July 2014 - Local LAKELAND, Fla. attorney running for State House goes nutty - all caught on tape Lakeland, Fla. Attorney, John Hugh Shannon, who is running against popular Republican Community Activist, Colleen Burton, goes nutty. Atty. Shannon is caught on tape bullying and threatening to slander little people for reasons unknown: Documentation of said claims: LINK, and is caught on tape. It is not illegal legal, in Florida, to tape record certain phone calls without their knowledge, permission, or consent: Memorandum of Law - Facebook mirror: VIDEO - Local copy: VIDEO
Mon. 28 July 2014 - 30-Year Reunion for Plant City Senior High School - "PCHS Class of 1984 & More Reunion" is slated for Fri. Aug.01, 2014. "Happy Hour" begins at 4:00PM at Jimmy B's Bar, 6200 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. [[map links: (Google search/map) - (Yahoo! search/map) - (Mapquest search/map)]] There is NO admission charge for the Fri. evening function. The main event will take place on Sat. Aug 02, 2014, from 6:00PM 'til 11:00PM at The Postcard Inn, next door to Jimmy B's. Buffet & "Cash Bar"; Music provided by a live D.J. ("Slammin' Sammy" McCullogh, class of 1984), dancing, slide show, PCHS trivia contest, & more fun; Friday golf outing - TBD. Dave Pippin, class of 1984 (President of FutureTech Financial, Inc.) and Chris Kent, class of 1985 (co-founder of Numis Network) will be raffling off 20 FREE 3 Day, 2 Night Cruises for 2 to the Bahamas! David and Chris are very experienced in financial matters. Saturday daytime activities - Volleyball & other beach activities. Anyone is welcome, especially classes 1981-1987, but space is limited, so register early.

Admission is only $60.oo per person. FULL PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY MAY 15, 2014. Strike that: You may still pay in advance (by calling David Pippin or Noelle Swindal: both are accepting payment: see below), or, alternatively, you may pay at the door. There will NOT be any "up charge": The cost to attend Saturday's 'Main Reunion' event is still only $60.oo, and the Friday night 'get together' is still free. AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED TO 200 ATTENDEES. Reunion organisers strongly suggest that the "Class of 1984" register ASAP, as it will be a "first-come, first-served" registration. For those who don't wish to drive to St. Pete & spend the weekend or Sat. night, organisers are trying to arrange a shuttle for Sat. night, only. There will be an extra charge for this between $25.oo-$35.00/person. Strike that: There will not be a shuttle provided. Plan accordingly. Check these websites for official info & updates:

  • http://DavePippin.info
  • https://www.Facebook.com/events/256251451203660
  • https://www.Facebook.com/PCHSClassof1984andMoreReunion
  • To register and pay now, please choose 1 of 3 options:

  • Call Dave Pippin at 407-409-6774 ; DPippin@FutureTechFinancial.com ; https://www.facebook.com/david.pippin.96 ; http://www.DavePippin.info
  • Call Noelle Swindal (Maloney) at 404-386-9510 ; Maloney5742@comcast.net ; https://www.facebook.com/noelle.s.maloney
  • Bring your $60.oo, and pay at the door, and make sure you have a room if you plan to stay overnight between the Friday and Saturday events. For more information, please send Dave Pippin an email at: DPippin@FutureTechFinancial.com. Additional Sleeping accommodations: PCHS group rates are available at The Postcard Inn and The Beachcomer next door, if they have not, as yet, sold out. However, we suggest that you check online at your favorite travel site to search for better rates. Rovia.com is a great site to check for the best rates.
  • Any questions? Call me (Gordon Watts, Class of 1984) at 863-688-9880 ; Gww1210@aol.com ; https://www.facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts -or see the Facebook event pages, linked above,
  • PCHS Class of 1984 & More Reunion - Event Organizers:
    Dave Pippin, President of FutureTech Financial, Inc.
    Noelle Swindal (Maloney)
    Stacy Benton (Dillard)
    Jeff Borgan
    Patty Alderman (Huret)
    Shayne Ray (Hassell)

    This news brief brought to you by Gordon Wayne Watts (class of 1984), Editor-in-Chief, The Register. - Last updated at: Mon. 29 July 2014

    Mon. 09-16-2013 - Special to The Register: Crippling debts make it difficult for graduates to achieve dreams
    Mon. 06-17-2013
    American Higher Education in the news

    There is a photo of a college professor circulating the Internet, which says the following:

    Prof. David Davies holding a sign; caption below

    “I am a college professor increasingly frustrated by the incredible debt I see my students taking on.

    According to the University of Minnesota, in 1968 a student working 6.2 hours a week at minimum wage would have earned enough to pay annual tuition and fees of $385.

    That was back when education was considered a public good and not a private investment…

    …back when education was for the 99%.”

    The professor is David Davies, associate professor of anthropology at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his claim is verified as true and correct, according to the Star Tribune of Minnesota, which reports the following: “In 1968-69, a student could have clocked 6.2 hours a week at minimum wage to earn enough to cover annual tuition and fees of $385, according to the U. This year, a student would have to work 33.9 hours a week at minimum wage to cover tuition and fees.”

    http://www.StarTribune.com/business/43647732.html?page=5&c=y

    see also: http://m.StarTribune.com/local/?id=132317538

    and: http://www.SociologyForNerds.com/2012/03/interview-with-david-davies-professor.html

    Both liberals and conservatives are at fault for this mess:

    Liberals made loans easily available to anyone who had a pulse, and, like in the infamous Housing bubble of 2010, sellers jacked up prices REAL HIGH because they knew buyers had “easy loans” available. Result: A bubble, and resultant higher prices (distorting the free market, in techie terms)

    Then so-called conservatives under Bush removed the bankruotcy safety net. At least the housing buyers could file bankruptcy, and this at least slowed the bubble of price-gouging. However, students, without even the most basic protections that rich Wall Street Bankers have (bankers can file bankruptcy for HUGE SUM$!), are preyed upon even more.

    Result: Even worse bubble.

    None of us on the conservative side is asking for a 'Free Handout,' but to give huge bankruptcy protections to the rich bankers -even AFTER they've gotten copious liberal 'bailouts' and corporate handouts -and yet, somehow deny poor students the same protections -is patently unfair, and, as I argue here, illegal: Education Link (click here)

    Gordon Wayne Watts
    Higher Education writer -and Editor-in-Chief, The Register

    Newly Updated: When Babies Die: Where do they go? (Full-color Edition) [Kindle Edition]
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: "When Babies Die: Where do they go? Heaven? Hell?" is now available at a bookstore near you: For ages, this question has baffled men and women, preacher and layman, learned and the "common man" -Joe Average citizen. Many a grieving parent has longed for solid, but true, answers, not just 'fairy-tale' assurances, lacking substance or reliability.

    Now, theological researcher, Gordon Wayne Watts, of Lakeland, Fla. (between Orlando & Tampa), whose main claim to fame was almost winning the landmark 'Terri Schiavo' case –all by himself –despite not being a lawyer, puts his research skills to work on this case regarding infants who die. His analysis addresses not only unborn babies who die in infancy and killed via abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, & Early Infant Death -but also persons born with mental disabilities who subsequently die –and by extension, this may possibly include peoples who have never heard of the Gospel of Christ –such as remote tribes of the world.

    First off, there needs to be a distinction made with the 'proximal' fate, as opposed to the 'eternal' fate. (In other words, where the infant's soul is "for the time being" is NOT necessarily the same as his or her eternal fate, and there IS a difference.) Secondly, while most simply have assumed an "innocent" baby would go to heaven (and this is probably true -for the 'time being'), the eternal fate is a different story.

    While the "ending" will catch most off-guard, it is a 'good' ending, rest assured. Watts explores nine (9) different positions on this matter (listed in Chapter 1, for those who can't wait to see where he stands on the issue), and eliminates 7 of them as theologically impossible, leaving 2 possible outcomes. This is a deep subject, and the writer assumes the reader accepts the Holy Bible as authoritative (since this is the main source of the proof offered), but Watts gives this subject a deeper treatment than any other writer, to date. Sit back, grab a cup of hot cocoa or a tall, iced-cold latte, and enjoy the journey on which Mr. Watts takes the reader.

    If you have problems with your order, shoot me an email with your receipt or proof of purchase included: Contact Link ~~Gordon
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    Sun. 01-06-2013 -- New section on Higher Education, Colleges, Universities, Predatory lending in College / Student Loans, and the resultant soaring costs of college, student loan debt & Higher Ed Bubble. Click here: Education Thr. 12-13-2012 UPDATE: U.S. Congressman busted for 1st Amendment violations, as many witnesses come forward. Keywords: #Twittergate ; #Busted (Link) Sun. 01-06-2013 UPDATE: Speaker John Boehner notified about his wayward congressman. Keywords: #Boehner ; #Ross ; #RepDennisRoss ; #Congressman ; #Twittergate ; #Busted (Link) Fri. 11-30-2012 “Defending Gov. Scott's Proposal” [Op-Ed defending Gov. Rick Scott's (R-Fla.) proposal to demand $10,000.oo degree programs in Florida colleges]
    FRIDAY, 16 Mar. 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Register has sent this email to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21st), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, regarding H.R. 2028, The Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2011, and also H.R. 4170, The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. -Editor
    Tue. 12-27-2011 -- Whitehouse gives partial treatment in petition process -- The Whitehouse's new 'We The People' petition process, described in other recent news of The Register, has rules for submitting online petition: “Remember you have just 30 days to get 25,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House.” (link) - (cache 1) - (cache 2)

    However, as shown here, (link) - (cache 1) - (cache 2), one petition is being given from Dec. 14, 2011 until Jan. 20, 2012, well-over the 30-day minimum, thus violating Equal Protection of those who weren't given the extra time. See our news coverage on 'We The People' for more details of The Whitehouse's new petition process.

    'BIG' Trouble with Facebook: (Fri. 23 Dec. 2011) Register editor, Gordon Wayne Watts, a battle-hardened Internet veteran (who has made websites from scratch, such as this one) has frustration with a routine password reset -and offers some advice about Facebook.com -in his own words:

    UPDATE: Mon. 12-26-2011 - Marishka from Facebook's User Operations just responded this morning and got my account back online.-GWW
    "On around Tue. or Wed. (13-14 Dec. 2011), I was posting on a wall, when I got an error message,...

    Click here for more

    The Whitehouse's new 'We The People' petition process: FAILURE

    (Last edited Mon. 12-26-2011 to add additional details on publicity)
    In recent news, The Register told you that our petition to The Whitehouse regarding obscenely high college tuition, which eventually got at least 444 signatures before it 'expired' would remain online and in the permanent Whitehouse website archives, even after it expired if it met the 'first threshold' of 150 signatures before the 'expiration' period of Dec. 21, 2011, even if it did not meet the 'second threshold' of 25,000 signatures...

    Click here for more

    RECENT NEWS * BREAKING: Democracy in America's Republic has died: U.S. Congressman, or more likely, an aide answering emails for him, tells constituent to not email him: mirror 1 -- mirror 2 even though no threats, abuse, or harassment (like excess emails or the like) was involved. Constituent's response: mirror 1 -- mirror 2 Apparently, this got someone's attention, as Congress later visited The Register's website: cache 1 - cache 2.

    Alt. News Media/ Blogroll Far-right panel

    * NEWS: Some Republicans make confusing statements, including freshman congressman, Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.-12). Item #1 - Liberal grassroots advocate, Florida Consumer Action Network accused Rep. Dennis Ross of making a pledge, as follows:

    "“oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”"

    cache 1 - cache 2 The Register investigated this and found that, in fact, Ross made such a pledge: link - cache 1 - cache 2 However, Ross is on record as having said something that appears to be a bit little different in a News Chief:

    "Ross has also shown himself willing to look at the fiscal policies in force during President Bill Clinton's administration. That period had higher tax rates but also tough spending controls that actually produced a surplus."

    link - cache 1 - cache 2

    While not actually a lie or a flip-flop, this is, admittedly, somewhat confusing: cache 1 - cache 2 Item #2 - Many Republicans abandon conservative, Free Market principles (thus lying about campaign promises), resulting in increased taxation on students and do not support a bill to correct this problem: See "A Lesson in Freedoms" immediately below to verify this claim.

    * Economy: Many Democrats caught in a lie including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) regarding Balanced Budget Amendment. Click here to see the YouTube video documenting this. Here are saved copies (Cache 1 or Cache 2) of the video if YouTube is offline or slow to load. Likewise, here are saved copies of: The Notes: (Cache 1 or Cache 2) --and, the original request for help: (Cache 1 or Cache 2) -- Now, The Register calls on you to NOT be lazy: View the vid, and contact your elected officials (Democrat and Republican) and local news media. - Copy of letter sent to Sen. Nelson - Microsoft Word format: (Cache 1 or Cache 2) HTML web-page format: (Cache 1 Cache 2) * UPDATE: New spooky advances in science allow you to pick the right match in romance / marriage, using, among other things, a computer analysis of your facial features. With 50%-plus divorce rate, America must do something: Visit the "Romance" link and view the updates for details.
    A Lesson in Freedoms - 4th of July 2011: The Register Makes New Findings on an Old Problem
    July 04, 2011 -- The Register publishes very controversial study (Cached copy 1 - Cached copy 2) comparing Civil War era slavery with Student Loan default -but justifies this study due to recent alarmingly sharp increases in suicides directly related to Student Loan default: Those who do not learn from history (Civil War) are doomed to repeat it (modern-day oppressions: indentured servitude, debt-slavery, suicides, etc.)
    View News Release - PDF Format - MHT format - Cache: Mirror 1 - MHT format Cache: Mirror 2
    UPDATE: Monday, July 11, 2011 -- After a full week of peer review of this position paper by peoples of all colours, The Register has concluded that this controversial paper was not offensive to Black Americans -or peoples of any colours -and, to verify this claim, has released a small portion of this peer review. To see a screen shot that lengthy discussion, please click on any one of the 3 mirrors to view: Mirror 1 - Mirror 2 - Mirror 3 -Editor
    * BREAKING: Limbaugh / Hannity Parent Company Admits Hiring Actors to Call Radio Shows: Sean Hannity program busted using 'fake' callers
    * OpEdNews did a report on this here & had over 44,000 views by just 1 day's time. On page 2, here, the author cites Register Editor, Gordon Watts' report in par. 2 where he makes reference to "how Hannity's screeners practice bias and intimidation."
    * Watts' report is posted here & here -and got many page views because of the reference by OpEdNews, which in turn, got lots of hits due to being mentioned by ReddIt.com in this report. See also news coverage by Debra J.M. Smith of Informing Christians. Related: Special Guest Gordon Watts ; Sean Hannity Show Just Using The Right For Money ; "Let's Not Kid Ourselves Here": Does Limbaugh/Hannity Parent Company Hire Call Actors
    Click here or here to find out how to combat the rising tide of parents killing their handicapped or unborn children to 'send them to heaven': where babies go when they die. No, it's not necessarily heaven, BUT IT CAN BE: What THE BIBLE has to say.

    HEADLINE: Click here or here to see how, for once and all, to beat Skyrocketing Tuition "Higher-Ed Tuition Costs: The ‘Conservative’ view is not on either extreme"

    Alert: All major candidates for Fla. Governor & Fla's U.S. Senates seat are 'Liberal Knuckleheads' who are responsible for your skyrocketing tuition. Click: *here* -or- *here* for details.

    Alternative hip-hop rap: Click here: World's First Atheist Rap Label Atheos Records of Miami, Fla brings you: Terrence Ward a.k.a. Saint Max

    Cool video: Click here: "Freedom Is Colorblind (open up your eyes)"

    When I say 'Conservative,' I mean things like:
    * Less taxing and spending Related vid
    * More rights to free speech and the rights to keep/bear arms
    * More rights to life (from cradle to grave: Think unborn, disabled, handicapped, or elderly)
    * Upholding of the 'Rule of Law,' which effectively means more Law and Order: For example, I love people of all nations/nationalities, but if they want to immigrate, they must do it legally, and when the US Government REFUSES to uphold, obey, or enforce immigration law, and then has the gall to tell AZ that THEY can't enforce the law, then *who* are the 'illegals?'
    Answer: The U.S. Government ARE THE ILLEGALS -since, of course, it is *they* who are telling Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) that she can't enforce 'the law' -and that they won't either.

    Odd Press Release: Odd, but true: Link (mirror a) or Link (mirror b)

    Headline: A solution to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been found: *Click Here* -And The Register is hoping to put pressure on the Federal Government to get on board with this solution -and hopes you also put pressure on the Feds: Cache 1 - Cache 2 Related links: Fox news coverage of this - Wimp coverage - Link to the original reporter's coverage Besides this cool method above (1) hay, I just realised - There are 4 *other* cool solutions: (2) Oil Spill Centrifuge Technology; (3) Why not drill on land (like Texas)? (4) There is *already* an FDA-approved oil-eating microbe; why aren't they using that? (5) one word: 'SKIMMERS!' * Does the government *want* us to fail -to keep us down? - "Things that make you go: 'Hmm...'."

    From the Archives: 5-Year Anniversary of death of Terri Schiavo marks request for Grand Jury indictments against judges: Robert J. More (ThirstForJustice.net), a member of the famous Notre Dame 88 has asked The Register to intervene, and upon investigation The Register has gotten a commitment from U.S. Attorney Robert Mosakowski to submit the findings to a Federal Grand Jury for their review. {Click: (Mirror 1) - (Mirror 2)}
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    MISSING PERSON: (pic: Click here or here - Note: You can left-click in Microsoft's Internet Explorer to zoom in on pics) A young woman I’ve never met contacted me (or had me contacted) ... by DREAM messaging -over what she claimed was a very important matter. I initially thought it was a bunch of nonsense (after all, it was ‘only a dream’), but later research by the experts (links: Click here or here) revealed her claims to be altogether true. In attempting to return the message, I first tried to draw free-hand what I saw in the dream. (Pics: Click here or here) I was not so good of an artist, so, knowing some specific information from my prior research, I turned to CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) methods to draw what the young woman would probably look like at different ages. NOTE: With the exception of one comparison photo of my father, the pics above are *not* photographs, although my 2nd try approaches photograph-like quality. If you have information on the whereabouts of this young woman, contact me. Any prospective claimants must pass a genetic test to verify I.D. (Yes, the dream(s) provided that much detail, and I will run with it.) --GWW

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    This is the personal research page of Gordon Wayne Watts of LAKELAND, Florida. Mr. Watts' diverse research includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • The webmaster, Gordon Watts, is one of the very few official "Star Trek: New Voyages" / "Star Trek: Phase II" mirror operators, in which the original 1969 'Star Trek' series is revived: See the appropriate section in the links bar, at top.
  • Much interesting POLITICAL news coverage: Taking aim at well-intended, but less-than-bright "conservatives" (such as Sean Hannity & staff) and even "dimmer" liberals galore. (See Political link)
  • Putting the research tools to use on FINANCE and ECONOMY -including a review of John Cummuta's "Turning Debt into Wealth" plan (see Finance link)
  • A cure for all forms of Cancer! (And, while Mr. Watts is not a doctor -and doesn't play one on TV -his research done while at FSU is FREE and effective: At least it worked for Watts.) See the Health Section.
  • Human Limb Regeneration, AZT, & AIDS - Separating Fact from Fiction and Urban Legend: See the Health Section.
  • Studying and researching what works -and what doesn't in ROMANCE: Science and Scripture agree (see the indicated section)
  • Deep theological research on advanced topics: How to answer a Jehovah's Witness or Mormon that knocks on your door: Careful, they're right sometimes, wrong other times. (See "Religion (Theology / Spiritual)" link.
  • Mr. Watts went to court (and took up petitions with people signing their real names and full contact data) to oppose former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush regarding the invasive "feeding tube" issue in the Terri Schiavo case (Translation: You liberals reading this should "be happy") -but, ironically, Mr. Watts' court pleadings before Florida's Supreme Court almost saved Theresa Marie "Terri" Schindler-0Schiavo's life (without following a path that included feeding tubes). Since Mr. Watts did better in court in his attempt to save Terri's life (losing 4-3) than even Jeb Bush (lost 7-0) or the immediate family (lost 2-1 in Federal court), this is his main "claim to fame" and a reason his website is so highly rated. Explore the weird world of TRUTH, where Watts takes no shortcuts and gets both conservatives and liberals nervous, annoyed, and angry. ("Schiavo" section coming soon -otherwise browse the website or do a Google search.)
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    BIO:
    Gordon Wayne Watts, an alumnus of Plant City (Fla.) Senior High School's class of 1984, received his Bachelor?s degree from The Florida State University with a double major in Biological and Chemical Sciences with honors (emphasis and post-Bacc studies in genetics and forensics) and was the valedictorian from United Electronics Institute. Watts, a non-lawyer, is best known for his lawsuit on behalf of Terri Schiavo, which lost 4-3 in the Florida Supreme Court, arguably doing better than even then Governor Jeb Bush?s similar suit (lost: 7-0) or Terri Schiavo?s own family?s federal case (lost: 2-1). Mr. Watts, who ran unsuccessfully for Dist. 64 Fla. House of Representatives, is an Amateur Extra (Ham) Radio Operator (call: N2GY), a part-time political activist, and amateur HTML webmaster while he searches for a full-time job in his field. Click here (link to Higher-Ed piece) for selected documentation of this.

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    HISTORY of The Register:
    Ronald L. Corbin, alumnus of Plant City (Fla.) High School's class of 1984, was the original editor and publisher of The Hillsborough Register, which published in "hard copy" print format from 1992 until 1993, with offices located in Suite-11 (Photos: map - back door - front & inside views; Left-click & Maximize to zoom in if using Microsoft's Internet Explorer) of the shopping center at 104 West Reynolds St in Plant City and bounded by North Evers, North Collins, and West Mahoney Streets. In January of 1993, Mr. Corbin took the advice of one of his staff writers, Gordon W. Watts, and changed the name of the paper to The Register, as reflected in its Jan.01, 1993 (Vol.2, No.1) edition. After Ron moved out of state and closed shop, the paper was taken over by Mr. Watts, the present owner and publisher. At present, however, the paper is mainly published online with only a few special editions having been published in print as the occasion warranted. After The Register's Yahoo!/GeoCities web host stopped offering free web hosting, the paper was consequently subsumed by Mr. Watts' personal websites: GordonWatts.com and GordonWayneWatts.com --where it is presently published.

    Selected Back issue(s) of The Register - Fri., Jan. 01, 1993 edition

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    Page 1 (FRONT PAGE) - The Register: Vol.2.No.1 - Plant City, Fl. - FRIDAY, January 1st, 1993 - "A matter of policy," by Chad Michaels (Story on fired Detective, Joey Wiggins) - "Quote of the Week," by Calvin Miller, from The Singer, - "Volunteers feed needy, homeless," by Ron Corbin (Story on McCall Park event. Pictured in photo: Mike Smith, Patricia Morow, and Bob Spier. Doyle LaGrone, Sayde Martin, and Nettie Droughan helped get the word out. - "LOBO'S: for all sports fans," by Ron Corbin (Story on local sports bar)
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    Pages 2-3 - EDITORIALS / COMMENTARY (Notes from the editor's desk: Editorial on Plant City Commissioner, Mike Sparkman's comment in The Courier regarding a proposed citizen's petition and referendum on a wet zoning (alcoholic) ordinance.) - "Dump Welfare Now," by Bill Penrose (Compares welfare with a drug and warns against addiction and withdrawal when the system goes bankrupt and can no longer feed the addiction of welfare recipients) - AD: Superior Countertops and Cabinets
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    Pages 4-5 - "WORSHIP," With: Gordon Watts (Editorial on various scriptural ways one can offer acceptable and pleasing tithes and offerings to God Almighty) - Christmas story pic - Pictured in photo: Elks member, Donnie Whittenton, who played Sant Claus to a T. - ADS: HORIZON REALTY, ELEGANT JEWELS, PLANT CITY R.V. CENTER, LOBO'S Deli & Pub, BELL CHEVROLET, INC.
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    EDUCATION:
    "Higher-Ed Tuition Costs: The ‘Conservative’ view is not on either extreme"

    Position Paper -- A well-documented study into the U.S. Higher Ed crisis: Causes of skyrocketing tuition and declining quality of institutions of Higher Education in America -- Proposed solutions -- Note: This research paper has many resources in the form of outside links, and it does address Public Education, but it is primarily a resource regarding the problems, and proposed solutions, to American Higher Education.

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    * GordonWayneWatts.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * ThirstForJustice.net/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
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    GENERAL POLITICS: (Archived news items)
    * Undecided Fla. voter, Gordon Watts, asks for clarification from six (6) presidential campaigns on issues & flip-flops: LINK HERE.
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    Alan Collinge
    Why College Prices Keep Rising

    By Alan Michael Collinge, Special to The Register | September 16, 2012

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    Tuition Inflation thermometer For many years, it has been unknown to the general public that all of the major elements comprising the student lending system (i.e. lenders, collection companies, guarantors) made far more money when students defaulted on their loans. Nevertheless, this is a fact, and it is well documented. It is most disturbing, however, that recent analysis of the President’s Budget data reveals that even the US Department of Education, on average, recovers $1.22 for every dollar paid out in default claims. Assuming generous collection costs, and even allowing for a nominal time value of money of a few percent (the governments cost of money is very low), it still appears that the federal government, even, is making a pretty penny from defaults.

    How could this be possible? The primary reason for this is that unlike all other types of debt, bankruptcy protections, statutes of limitations, and other standard consumer protections have been removed from federal student loans, and draconian collection powers have been given to collect on hugely inflated, defaulted student loan debt.

    The systemic consequences of these types of financial motivations are too numerous to describe here, but one very significant result is that during the legislative process, when the schools, lenders, and their lobbyists pressure Congress to raise the allowable loan limits, the Department of Education-one of the only entities available to act in the interest of the students and call for a freezing (or even a reduction in the lending limits)- has repeatedly failed to tell it like it is regarding defaults. The schools and lenders point and brag about the low “cohort” default rates, but this metric (which hit a low of about 4% in 2005) masks the true default rate, which we now know was likely 25% or higher for years, and today is likely significantly higher than that.

    Instead of voicing concern, or even objections to Congress in the lending limit debates, the Department of Education remained largely silent, despite their knowledge about the true default rate for years, and in fact, press releases about the default rate spanning years from the Department of Education speak exclusively of the cohort rate, and this continues to this day, by and large, although media have shed some light on the true default rate in recent years.

    This, again, is a key failure in oversight that effectively causes Congress to make decisions without the interests of the borrowers being represented (Of course the lenders and schools claim to have the interests of the students at heart, but their obvious financial motivations discount their credibility on this claim). Therefore, Congress continues to rubber-stamp these legislative efforts, and the schools quickly raise their tuition to bump up against the new lending ceilings.

    If the Department of Education were seeing a material, financial loss with loan defaults, they likely would be far more assertive about the reasons NOT to raise the loan limits…and this would provide a critical check on the process. But the Department has been largely absent from these debates, and its misaligned interest is certainly the reason why.

    So it must be agreed that lack of Department oversight contributes directly to repeated votes by Congress to raise the loan limits, and we’ve already established the link between this poor oversight, and the removal of consumer protections. So undoubtedly, the removal of standard consumer protections has effectively allowed the schools and lenders to have their way with Congress on this issue.

    Critics could argue that the established student advocacy groups should have stepped in to fill this role…and this is obviously true…but the advocates can claim that they did not know that defaults were as high as they were (recent evidence suggests that the true default rate exceeds 1 in 3), therefore any objections from them (assuming they did object) were not strong. Had they known that defaults were as high as they were, one can only assume that they would have objected far more forcefully, starting many years ago.

    The current debate surrounding the cause of tuition inflation is a confusing mix of rhetoric that typically involves fingers pointing in all directions…”like a scarecrow in the wind” …among lenders, schools, the Department of Education, the student advocates, and Congress. But of these five entities, four were behaving as expected (i.e. schools pushing for raising the limits, advocates wringing their hands in the absence of defensible proof that things were going awry, lenders playing their part as the selfish, amoral entities they are understood to be, Congress debating what they are told, and ultimately voting based upon this debate).

    The Department of Education, however, failed to fulfill its role, and did not disclose to the group the true magnitude of the default problem, as one would expect it to. Therefore the Department is clearly the party whose behavior can ultimately be questioned with strong justification. Of course citizens have every right to be seethingly resentful and angered by all of these actors failing to point out what was obvious…that the students were being saddled with outrageous increases in student loan debt (I believe the advocates bear a tremendous amount of responsibility, for example), but strictly speaking, the Department’s failure is the only one with zero defense.

    This is a critical, unambiguous link that is never pointed out, but which is key- the key- to explaining the rampant inflation we have seen in academia over the years. Congress and the president should be demanding to know why key personnel at the Department so badly neglected to fulfill their duties, and take a hard, hard look at the corporate culture that has enabled this sort of gross neglect of basic functions. And of course, the standard consumer protections that should have never been removed from student loans must be returned at the earliest possible opportunity.

    The Register has provided this handy little graphic 'flow-chart' explanation of the predatory lending system, as described in Alan's op-ed, above.

    Cross-posted on 4 mirrors:
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    * Alan Collinge Tuition Chart
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    For further information:

    Cross-posted on 4 mirrors:
    * GordonWatts.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * GordonWayneWatts.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * ThirstForJustice.net/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * Gordon_Watts.Tripod.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html

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    Editor's Note: You may keep up with Mr. Collinge and his Student Loan Justice group at the following links:

    *** “Student Loan Justice” web-ring:
    * Nationally-recognised College Loan advocate, Alan M. Collinge, has been featured in many papers, TV, and Cable networks. Google him if you doubt.

    * http://StudentLoanJustice.org (Official page)
    * https://twitter.com/AlanSLJ (Regularly-updated Twitter feed)
    * https://m.facebook.com/groups/SLJGroup (Facebook group for Mobile devices/iPhones)
    * https://facebook.com/groups/SLJGroup (Facebook group)
    * https://www.youtube.com/user/StudentLoanJustice (YouTube channel)
    * (See also) (YouTube video listing)

    He is also the author of the ground-breaking exposé, "THE STUDENT LOAN SCAM: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History–and How We Can Fight Back,", available at all major book sellers, and available in both paperback (ISBN-13: 978-0-8070-4231-1) and hardback (ISBN-13: 978-0-8070-4229-8) versions, such as the [Paperback] version on AMAZON (here) or [Hardcover] version on AMAZON (here), or even the KINDLE version (here).

    Mr. Collinge, who was kind enough to grant permission for reprint/republication of his Op-Ed, here, makes some very strong claims above, such as regarding the amount of profit that the U.S. Department of Education makes on defaulted loans, but The Register has carefully researched his claims, and –so far as we can see –they are correct and can easily be documented by a routine web search on the subject. His op-ed originally appeared here on Forbes.com, on 03/19/2012, as a guest post in Peter J. Reilly's regular column, which focused on the tax issues of individuals, businesses, as well as related financial matters. Mr. Collinge was good enough to authorise The Register to re-publish and archive his fundamentally important analysis here, so long as it was unaltered and re-printed in its entirety -with no additions, subtractions, or alterations to the piece (other than, of course, style and formatting issues), and The Register felt that it would be a good precaution to archive this piece on multiple websites, not "putting all our eggs in one basket," since it is not a widely known fact that the lack of bankruptcy protections for Student Loans was a major factor in the meteoric 'tuition inflation' in recent decades, in spite of declining quality of America's standings in Higher Ed rankings in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). Mr. Collinge is the founder of StudentLoanJustice.org, a Political Action Committee dedicated to the mission of changing unjust laws related to how student loans are handled. He is also the author of the ground-breaking exposé, linked above.

    If Donald Trump (rich and conservative), Solyndra (rich and liberal), and ALL rich-&-powerful Wall-Street bankers can file for bankruptcy (and they don't even need it: they are rich), why not students? Read this -- re-read this -- and follow the links above.-Editor

    PS - quote of the day: “The ability to file bankruptcies is the 'Economic Second Amendment,' and when colleges knew student loans were almost impossible to discharge in bankruptcy (due to the Brunner test), the colleges and lenders knew student borrowers of college loans were unable to defend themselves—and both parties engaged in Predatory Lending, victimising the helpless & defenseless college student borrowers with soaring & skyrocketing tuition—price-gouging them, like one shoots 'fish in a barrel'. For this reason, (conservative) supporters of the Second Amendment should not deny college students. Likewise, (liberal) supporters of helpless college students should be in agreement that student borrowers need the same protections as ALL OTHER borrowers—including Credit Card users and the “über-rich,” all of whom can obtain bankruptcy discharge.”

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    * Headline * Co$ts of College tuition going through the roof –unbearably high ...while quality of American Higher Education declining...Credit card users have 'Standard Consumer Protections,' but Student loan borrowers don't?!

    Help return it to the way it was in the 1950's when American Higher Ed was TOPS in the world, and costs of college were affordable. Sign this petition to return to proven methods that worked in the past:

    ** http://wh.gov/jU8 **

    While online petitions are usually ignored, this one will work if it gets 150 signatures before it expires Dec 21, 2011: It would then become permanently archived in the Whitehouse website, like this 'Evolution' petition that 'expired' but is still on the Whitehouse website and visible in a key-word search: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/promote-enforce-teaching-evolution-over-creationism/H4HkDs0B -- If not, it gets deleted like this one: http://wh.gov/24m

    Click here: ** http://wh.gov/jU8 ** It only takes 5 minutes to Register & Sign. This just in: Please also sign this petition about Student Loan debt, which is the only form of debt that can not be discharged in bankruptcy.

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    'BIG' Trouble with Facebook: (Fri. 23 Dec. 2011) Register editor, Gordon Wayne Watts, a battle-hardened Internet veteran (who has made websites from scratch, such as this one) has frustration with a routine password reset -and offers some advice about Facebook.com -in his own words:

    UPDATE: Mon. 12-26-2011 - Marishka from Facebook's User Operations just responded this morning and got my account back online.-GWW
    "On around Tue. or Wed. (13-14 Dec. 2011), I was posting on a wall, when I got an error message, asking me to confirm my identity via confirmation code texted to my cell. Since I just had my number changed, I chose the 2nd option to have the code sent via a 'voice' call to my landline phone. However, as this screenshot shows, I got an error message, claiming I was "requesting too many codes in a short period of time," and asking my to try later. Only problem was this was my first time ever choosing that option, and furthermore, it was at the suggestion of Facebook. I somehow found out how to submit a bug report on the Facebook.com website, and got this email in response. They asked for screen shots of the issue, which I included in my reply. To help assure them that I really was the real 'Gordon Wayne Watts,' I included scanned images of 3 forms of ID, one a photo ID of my Fla Driver's License. I continued trying to follow the directions at the login page, sometimes getting error messages like this 'systems overload' message, at 3:37am, dated the 18th, or this "Something went wrong" message, at 4:06am, also dated the 18th, or even another "too many codes" message, this one at 4:32am, Dec. 18, 2011. As late as the 18th, I still had not heard from them, and wrote back; however, the next day, the 19th, I again contacted Facebook through their website, and got another email from Facebook,, which said "If you still need our help, please respond to this email with as much information about your problem as possible. We will respond to you within three business days," and I responded. The next day, on the 20th, Marishka, from Facebook's "User Operations" department replied in this email here, with some basic instructions on how to gain access to my Facebook account once again. I followed them to a 'T' but was still unable to log in, and I kept getting error messages as before, so I responded to the email, and included the following screen shots in the email attachment: 1st screen shot: Their request and 1st screen shot: The end result.

    Today, Fri., Dec. 23, 2011, I still can not access my Facebook account, and I keep getting error messages, and sent this email to every known email address I have for Facebook -and then some, including the following screen shots in my attachment: Dec-23-update-part-1.JPG and Dec-23-update-part-2.JPG.

    What lessons can be learned? Well, it is possible (but not certain) that I was penalised for not honouring the Terms of Service, because I did get a warning about posting excessive messages to walls, when I was advertising my Whitehouse petition, described in other recent news. However, as the recent emails from Facebook did not reference that apparently minor infraction, the more important take-home messages that seem relevant here are the following:

    (1) Keep your contact and recovery information up-to-date, so you don't find yourself unable to verify your account with an old cell phone number like me; and,
    (2) Even when you follow the instructions, and do your part, life has uncertainties and no guarantee of success, most especially with a 'free' web service such as Facebook, which has no legal obligation to offer any goods or services. (They are free, hello?)

    -- Gordon Wayne Watts, Editor-in-Chief, The Register "

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    The Whitehouse's new 'We The People' petition process: FAILURE

    (Last edited Mon. 12-26-2011 to add additional details on publicity)
    In recent news, The Register told you that our petition to The Whitehouse regarding obscenely high college tuition, which eventually got at least 444 signatures before it 'expired' would remain online and in the permanent Whitehouse website archives, even after it expired if it met the 'first threshold' of 150 signatures before the 'expiration' period of Dec. 21, 2011, even if it did not meet the 'second threshold' of 25,000 signatures.

    This claim was made based on the fact that this 'expired' petition regarding Evolution failed to reach the 25,000-signature threshold, and yet was still online long after it had expired. (As is shown in the screen-shot, it had reached only 6,728 signatures by Dec. 18, 2011, even though it was created on Sept. 24, 2011 and 'expired' on Oct. 24, 2011.) It was, therefore, reasonably conjectured that meeting the the 'first threshold' of 150 signatures was all that was required to both stay online and be eligible for continued signatures: as shown in the screenshots, the 'Evolution' petition which expired on Oct. 24, 2011, was both still online at Whitehouse.gov and also had signatures as recent as December 18, 2011.

    However, when it was noticed that our petition, here had expired and been deleted, a hasty call was made to our legal team for analysis and review, a regarding possible Equal Protection violation of the Right to Petition for a governmental redress of grievances. The 'tier 1' legal team came back with the following:

    Since the 'Evolution' petition was created back when the 2nd 'threshold' was only 5,000 signatures, and had apparently met and exceeded this standard, it was "grand-fathered" in, and is awaiting an official response from The Whitehouse. Our petition, by contrast, did not meet the 2nd threshold standard. But something still seemed amiss, and a call was made to our 'tier 2' legal analysts to see what further analysis could be had:

    Our 'tier 2' legal team brought back the following statistics: From Nov. 21, 2011, when our petition was created until early morning of Dec. 18, 2011, a time-stamp of our petition reveals that is took about 27 days to meet the 'first' 150-signature threshold to 'go live' on Whitehouse.gov's website, which is a rate of about 5.556 signatures per day, or about 0.232 signatures per hour, very slow. However, from the time our petition 'went live' at 04:20am, 18 Dec. 2011, until is was deleted sometime between 11:18pm, Dec. 21, 2011 and 11:27pm, Dec. 21, 2011, it went from 150 signatures to at least 444 signatures, a net gain of 294 signatures in about 91 hours, which is a much faster rate of about 3.231 signatures per hour or 77.538 signatures a day -due to the increased visibility to the public petitions have on Whitehouse.gov. At his rate, it would have gotten about 2,326.2 signatures in 30 days, had it 'gone live' right away and continued to gain signatures at that same rate. However, tier 2 legal opined that this implicated both Constitutional Due Process and the First Amendment's guarantee of the Right to Petition, and possibly also Equal Protection:

    For one thing, if even 'ideal' circumstances would not yield, on average, and more than 2,326.2 signatures, not even 50% of the 'lower' threshold of 5,000, and nowhere near the current 25,000-signature standard, then Due Process is implicated: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254, 267 (1970), quoting Grannis v. Ordean, 234 U.S. 385, 394 (1914), held that "The fundamental requisite of due process of law is the opportunity to be heard," which, apparent from the unreasonably high signature thresholds, is not reasonably possible. This is especially true, considering that our editor, Gordon Watts, spent $239.oo alone on a timely PRWeb.com press release, dated 11-28-2011, well in time to "get the word out," and which had hundreds, if not thousands of news deliveries, as well as over 50,000 new and web site impressions. Watts also spent about $104.90 more for the printing costs of the approximately 3,000 "3.5x8" handbills (8.5x11 divided into thirds) and additional posters printed and distributed at Orlando's UCF (Mon. 12-5-2011), and then at Tampa's USF (Tue. 12-6-2011), universities in central Florida, not even counting some posters distributed at local businesses, and other local colleges (Florida Southern, Southeastern, and Polk Community College's USF campus), and some additional handbills and flyers paid for with cash (about $29.92). Another approximately $60.oo was spend on two $5.oo parking permits as well as another 50 dollars or so on food and gas. Then, to help beat the 12-21-2011 expiration deadline, Watts bought three $25.oo Facebook ads (on 12-16 to 12-18), which all adds up to about $508.82 spent on this petition alone, a petition to The Whitehouse regarding unbearably high college tuition, interest, and fees -and lack of standard consumer protections.

    WIDE-SPREAD PUBLICITY
    In addition to numerous posters, and easily over three-thousand (3,000) handbills passed out at 2 major central-Florida universities, Watts reports a massive 'Internet campaign' on numerous social networks, forums, and message boards -a massive publicity campaign:

  • World-wide press releases:
  • http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8994334.htm
  • http://news.yahoo.com/petition-whitehouse-regarding-student-loan-abuses-higher-ed-081634947.html
  • http://newsguide.us/education/college-university/petition-to-the-whitehouse-regarding-student-loan-abuses-by.html
  • View online news pickup in: Yahoo! News
  • View online news pickup in: Google
  • Flyers / Posters:
  • Numerous posters on cork-boards at RaceTrac gas stations and other local businesses with poster-boards (Plant City, Lakeland, Orlando - Florida)
  • Numerous posters on cork-boards at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Numerous posters on cork-boards at USF Polytechnic: Polk Community College (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • One poster on cork-boards and several given to staff to pass out at Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Roughly one-thousand five-hundred (1,500) handbill flyters & numerous poster on cork-boards at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Roughly one-thousand five-hundred (1,500) handbill flyters & numerous poster on cork-boards at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Various Social and News Networks:
  • The Register (GordonWatts.com mirror: hosted by GoDaddy)
  • The Register (GordonWayneWatts.com mirror: hosted by HostGator)
  • E-mail notification sent out to Mr. Watts' lengthy e-mail list of friends and news media contacts
  • Facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts
  • Youtube.com/GordonWayneWatts
  • GordonWayneWatts.blogspot.com
  • Twitter.com/Gordon_W_Watts
  • Various Forums and Message boards:
  • CARM.org Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry's off-topic board
  • StarTrekNewVoyages.com official website's off-topic board
  • Numerous Topix.com forums, found by a Google.com search limited to that topic
  • The FairFaxUnderground.com forum's off-topic board
  • NuclearFuzzRadio.com's recent Episode 36 interview, which was simulcast on DoapBoxRadio.com
  • The official Facebook pages of NuclearFuzzRadio.com's group, and Doap Box Radio's fan page, and also The Bone Project's fan page, and even The Bone Project's group
  • Numerous other Facebook pages, including (but not limited to) the following:
  • www.Facebook.com/groups/ForgiveStudentLoanDebt (ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com's group)
  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/SljGroup (StudentLoanJustices.org's group)
  • Petition regarding unjust laws: College is too expensive Quality declining. (Public FACEBOOK Event: Anyone can see and join this event · By Gordon Wayne Watts - All invited: 2,350 – Hosts: 1 – Going:34 – Maybe: 2 – Invited by host: 2,134 – Declined: 31)
  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/OccupyWallStreetGroup
  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Wall-Street/243902435655719
  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Wall-Street/252843278084869
  • http://www.facebook.com/OccupyStudentDebt
  • http://www.facebook.com/OccupyColleges
  • http://www.facebook.com/OccupyOrlandoFL
  • http://www.facebook.com/OccupyTampa
  • http://www.facebook.com/occupyLA
  • http://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallStreetNewYorkCity
  • So, even with the 'ideal circumstances' such as all the wide-spread publicity had here, this well-worded petition, which was getting signatures at a rate of about 0.232 signatures per hour could only increase its rate to 3.231 signatures per hour, when it 'went live' on the Whitehous.gov website. Even at this 'increased' rate under optimal publicity circumstances, it would only have gotten about 2,326.2 signatures before it 'expired' in 30 days (e.g., 720 hours), had it 'gone live' right away on Whitehouse.gov -far short of the old 'threshold' of 5,000 signatures, and even more-so short of the current 25,000-signature threshold required to obtain an 'official' response from The Whitehouse.

    GRIM PROGNOSIS
    Therefore, it would be unreasonable to think that most petitions, even under 'ideal' circumstances could gather sufficient signatures to obtain (as the Whitehouse puts it) a "meaningful response" to petitions.

    This high standard prevents common people from having a meaningful voice in their government. Besides the unreasonably high thresholds here, a poor person, lacking many resources, also has to wait a good while before 'going live' on Whitehouse.gov, due to the 1st threshold. To make a level playing-field, The Whitehouse should allow all petitions to remain 'live' on Whitehouse.gov for the same 30-day time-period if they meet the 1st threshold. Additionally, the 25,000 signature standard is too high for all but the most rich and powerful and connected persons and organisations. Then, perhaps, citizens could get meaningful 'Due Process' and the ability to Redress their Government with grievances.

    One other aspect, however, *must* be analysed: If 3,000 handbills were passed out by Watts on the 5th and 6th of December, and no more than 150 signatures were obtained by the 18th, when the petition 'went live' on The Whitehouse website, then even accounting for the fact the final exam week ended Fri., Dec. 9, 2011, that does not speak well of the college students. Furthermore, Watts estimates that about 50 of those signatures were by non-students whom he helped vote, and another 50 or so were from the Internet, meaning, at most, only about 50-60 of the approximately 3,000 votes came from students at UCF and USF. That is about a 2% batting average. Put another way, the very people who would benefit most from such a petition (and who had both computer skills and resources at the library to help them with the Internet if they lacked skills) were very apathetic, to the tune of about 98% apathetic.

    While Watts reports that UCF and USF police, staff, and administration were very cooperative regarding his exercise of Free Speech in the 'Free Speech zones' (getting an A+ here), the students were polar opposites, show little, if any, cooperation, other than politely taking the flyers and thanking him in an estimated 70% to 80% of the instances he offered students a handbill.

    Watts was very discouraged, and somewhat bitter, remarking that perhaps students deserved to be crushed by obscenely high tuition, interest, and fees, and then do without any of the Standard Consumer Protections that credit card users have (such as the ability to file for bankruptcy; have truth in lending; statutes of limits; the right to refinance; adherence to usury laws; and, Fair Debt & Collection practices, etc.). When students borrowers, hit with huge fees that can drive their loan up 200% to 500% of the original, already-high amount, and are subsequently unable to file for bankruptcy in this bad economy, when rich bankers are getting bailed out left and right with endless bailouts, the situation is desperate. Then, for students, even now, to be so apathetic is amazing, and was a chief factor that Watts reported in his negative overview of students' apathy and lack of knowledge or focused action to address this mounting crisis, the next bubble to burst in Higher Education.

    The students received an 'F' grade in their apathy and lack of education on the looming Higher Ed crisis. So, what now can be done?

    Without comment, here are some other petitions that are (apparently) open -- hope springs eternal with a '2nd chance':

    * http://signon.org/sign/lower-interest-rate-for

    * http://signon.org/sign/want-a-real-economic?source=c.url&r_by=525506

    * (Update: this one's closed, but I'm keeping the link here to archive it) https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/support-legislation-permit-discharge-all-student-loans-bankruptcy/Czyt3Lt3

    * https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dFFnbzJMVTlWanBMYWxlMEJBbWVkS3c6MQ

    Sign them, or risk losing your rights forever...

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    Crippling debts make it difficult for graduates to achieve dreams

    It’s quite surprising to see that almost two-thirds of the students from all the colleges and universities in America graduate with some amount of debt to pay off. The Institute for College Access and Success or the TICAS has found through its Project on Student Debt that an average borrower will finish his or her college with almost $26,000 debt to pay off. Every one out of 10 graduates end up accumulating more than $40,000 in student loan debt. To be very frank this isn’t only surprising, this is actually a scary situation for the students who desire to go for higher education without much of monetary support. There are clear chances that the student loan debts will cripple the dreams of the graduates.

    The story of a graduate who faced the onslaught of debts:

    Just a year back, Karen Burger graduated from the Northeastern University. Just like any other fresh graduate, she was raring to go and have a bright career. Her aim was to work at some faith-based nonprofit organization. Apart from the dreams, she also had $96,000 student loan debt which she accumulated to support her five years of college. Debts came creeping in her life right after she graduated. Her career plans were crushed. To get out of debt and the interest rate, she had to immediately opt for a teller’s job at TD Bank. Later, she had to reach out to an Army recruiter to break free the shackles of her student loan debt. “I would never have considered it if it weren’t for the loans,” Burger ruefully said.

    You must be wondering why this story? Well, just like Karen, there are millions of other students who’re struggling to cope up with their debts and dreams at the same time. As per the survey of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the numbers of students like Karen are only increasing with each passing year. Just 3 years back in 2010, the overall student debt was around $826 billion. Currently, the amount is almost $1.2 trillion. There is a whopping 45% increase. Now, you can imagine how demanding the situation is for the students who borrow to pay for higher education. A huge section of students ultimately end up losing their dreams.

    Students need to get out of it

    In such a circumstance, the major question that arises is whether any solution is there for the troubled students or not. Quite unfortunately, there is no straight answer for this. It all depends on how a student manages the debt. The president of TICAS, Lauren Asher, suggests that it’s safer to take out government backed loans to finance higher education. It’s even convenient enough to pay off Federal student loans. Asher feels, “Half of those taking out private loans have not maxed out on federal loans.” Quite clearly, she doesn’t support students’ dependence on private student loans.

    Asher also explains the benefits that federal student loans provide. According to her, “Federal loans are subject to income-based payback, fixed interest rates, and take nine months to default on, making them a much safer loan for students to take”. She disapproves private student loans for ruining a student’s credit history. “Any ding in credit rating can affect [a borrower] more now than ever, even employment,” explained Asher.

    What Asher wants to point is clear enough, but there is hardly any assurance that only Federal student loans will be able to save graduates from sacrificing their career and dreams. Getting out of debt is unfortunately not that easy a task. Not only debt, but there are increasing educational costs and unemployment also to aggravate the problems. However, as TICAS focuses on, students need to be informed properly about consolidating debts. Whether federal or private, students must know all the details about probable repayment options before taking out a loan. Only by selecting the right repayment option can students do away with their debts and save their dreams ultimately.

    Editor's Note: The Register is not affiliated with either the writer, or her employers, so listed above, and furthermore, we do not receive any remuneration. The views expressed are not necessarily those of The Register or its employees. However, that said, after reviewing her Op-Ed for grammar and accuracy, the claims she makes seem to be correct -or at least, very close, with regards to the numerical analyses she provides. Nonetheless, we wish to disagree with one small claim above: Where she says that "unfortunately, there is no straight answer for this [crippling debt problem]," we wish to point out that The Register has previously published a detailed analysis, complete with proposed solutions which, although very politically-difficult (and sometimes even painful) to implement, are indeed straightforward, and said proposed solutions to lawmakers (and other governmental officials) are cross-posted to 4 mirrors:
    * GordonWatts.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * GordonWayneWatts.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * ThirstForJustice.net/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
    * Gordon_Watts.Tripod.com/Higher-Ed-Tuition-Costs.html
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    Are you Reading a Fictional Mortgage Document?

    Special to The Register: By TheAdvocacyForConsumerRights.org (888-320-1599) - Saturday, 10-24-2015
    http://TheAdvocacyForConsumerRights.org - http://www.facebook.com/TAFCR

    Fiction books are a great source of entertainment.  In a fiction book, unicorns can fly around on rainbows, and mermaids spend their days talking with dolphins.

    The challenge is that very few people have only been trained to understand the laws of fictional grammar.  This becomes an issue because people don’t know when a document is fiction or fraudulent vs. containing facts.

    The purpose for creating a fiction book or document is to create fiction, not fact.  Fiction allows the writer to use words to fabricate a story to create an illusion.  This is all well and good in a children’s story book, but when a contract, such as a mortgage, is created in fictional grammar, a consumer can end up losing their freedom and tremendous amounts of money.

    Most consumers believe because they can read the document, it must be a factual document.

    How do you create a fact within a sentence?

    When you change a fact to a verb, is the fact still a fact? Or is the fact now a verb?

    Is a verb a fact?

    If you do not know the answers to these questions, then it is likely you would not know how to detect whether a fact exists in a document.

    A simple rule of grammar is the only way to create a fact is by using a [pre]positional phrase.  This is the only way to create a fact.

    When you look up the word “borrower” in the dictionary, it is a noun or fact.  It is not a verb.

    “The borrower is responsible for making payments on time.”

    In the above sentence taken from a mortgage document, the word “borrower” has been modified, and now “borrower” is a verb.  The word “the” is an adverb, making “borrower” into a verb.

    As a matter of fact, the entire sentence contains not a single fact.

    If a person were to enter into a written mortgage agreement with the above sentence, it would be no different than entering into a mortgage contract in which they agree they will produce unicorns to fly around rainbows because the entire sentence contains zero facts and only contains fiction which is not a fact.

    Editor's Note: There was some confusion among readers about calling “borrower” a verb; the writer has been gracious enough to clarify this point stating that: "TAFCR specializes in factual laws of grammar, and, in the comment, [The Register is] speaking of fictional grammar, which is how we talk in day to day conversation. In factual grammar, [the word in question in the] sentence [above] is a verb."

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    ARCHIVED: News Coverage & Editorial of U.S. House races in Fla. Districts 11 & 12: {Click: (Mirror 1) - (Mirror 2)} Thr 05 Nov '09 -I thank freshman Senator, George LeMieux (R-FL) for 'following' my Twitter page in this screen shot (click here) of our respective pages. SCRATCH THAT: I made a mistake: Sen. LeMieux is not "following" me, but rather "being followed": Sorry for my mistake - I am still new to Twitter, but I shall leave this item posted as an archived news item.

    Sunday, 02 November 2008: McCain projected to win in a 'Reagan Landslide' + PRAYER REQUEST! - click here

    Thursday, 02 October 2008: Bailout Solution - click here

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    Thursday, 19 June 2008 BREAKING NEWS:
    Thursday, 19 June 2008 More BREAKING NEWS:
    Gordon Watts to run for State Congress
    "Write-in" for RON PAUL may not count

    LAKELAND, FL (The Register) June 19, 2008 - "Exclusive" to The Register: The Ron Paul presidential campaign (1-800-RON-PAUL) has just now informed The Register of its thoughts on a "write in" campaign for Ron Paul's presidential bid, in response to a Register inquiry whether he was properly registered as a "write-in" candidate in all 50 states. Jesse, who sees Rep. Paul on a daily basis, informed this reporter that Dr. Paul, who has suspended his campaign, is not registered as a write in candidate in some states, due chiefly to the requirement by some states that a candidate for a major party agree to not run as a 3rd party candidate.

    What this means in "plain English" is simple: Ron Paul supporters who attempt to "write in" his name will void their votes if they live in any of those states where he is not properly registered to be a "write in" candidate, thus the conventional wisdom suggests that a Ron Paul supporter might, instead, cast his or her vote for a properly registered 3rd party candidate. The leading 3rd parties and candidates most closely aligned with Dr. Paul's political views are as follows:



    * CONSTITUTION PARTY: Chuck Baldwin (Florida), Presidential Nominee; Darrell Castle (Tennessee), Vice Presidential Nominee

    * GREEN PARTY: No declared candidate as yet

    * INDEPENDENT PARTY (in some states) / INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE: Ralph Nader (Connecticut), Presidential Nominee; Matt Gonzalez (California), Vice Presidential Nominee

    * LIBERTARIAN PARTY: Former Congressman Bob Barr (Georgia), Presidential Nominee; Wayne Allyn Root (Nevada), Vice Presidential Nominee


    Register editor-in-chief, Gordon Watts, requested that Jesse ask Dr. Paul to issue a public statement press release about his write-in status, so that voters (in particular, Ron Paul supporters) might be better informed when deciding whether a write-in of Ron Paul would be a wasted vote. Watts also asked Jesse to put in a request that Dr. Paul give his supporters options and information about other properly-registered candidates -and possibly endorse one.

    We are expecting the Paul campaign to issue a public statement soon, in response to our inquiry, to address these matters.

    (Editor's note: The statement that this was an "exclusive" to The Register was based on the fact that, to our knowledge, no other news source, to date, has addressed the "write-in" eligibility issue of Dr. Paul.)

    Gordon Watts to run for State Congress

    LAKELAND, FL (The Register) June 19, 2008 - Register editor-in-chief, Gordon Watts, has, just today, announced his run for the House of Representatives, District 64 of "Imperial" Polk County, Lakeland, Florida.

    (THR, July 17, 2008 - Related Election Coverage news: Misc. Polk Stats -or- Misc. Polk Stats.)

    Late last night, Register researchers discovered that Florida's primaries are not closed in some instances -such as the present situation in the Dist. 64 House race, being vacated by Incumbent, Dennis Ross, who is prevented by term limits from running again. This race features Republicans Jack English, Kelli Stargel, and Phil Walker, big names in the Republican politics of Lakeland and "Imperial" Polk County; however, to date, there has not been a Democratic candidate.

    This situation, in which no Democratic challenger has stepped forward, effectively means that the primary winner would win the open seat -by default -and result in a winner who was not voted on by anyone but registered Republican voters.

    Florida lawmakers, however, allow the Republican primary to be "open" to all voters -including registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters -in this circumstance, using the logic that all voters must be able to vote for a candidate. Some are opposed to the law, however, saying that it is a primaries should not be open to outsiders -since they are not a member of the party.

    Still others suggest that if the Democrats (who are the minority party in conservative-leaning POLK) are not brave enough to field a candidate, then they have no moral high ground to demand to be able to vote in the otherwise closed Republican primaries.

    However, a "loophole" in the law would close the primaries -and shut out Democrat voters if an eligible "write in" candidate declared his candidacy for the post. This law was written to allow the "write-in" candidate to face a "properly" chosen candidate in the general election.

    ENTER GORDON WATTS: Mr. Watts, discovering this loophole, was outraged that the "openness/closedness" of a primary could be affected by a mere "write-in" candidate, someone who doesn't have to pay a filing fee at all. Thus, Watts filed as a "write in" just today, in order to bring this problem to light. Watts feels that the primary process should not be so delicate and sensitive to this situation -where just any "write in" candidate, without paying a filing fee, could change the primary rules "on a whim," as was quoted as saying.

    The "write in" process was made free because the lawmakers envisioned the government getting out of control, and wanted to keep the doors open to all candidates -even those who do not have many financial assets. While Watts agrees with this -and is running on the platform of "election law change," he feels that the primaries should either be open or closed -but not both, and not dependant on the actions of a non-party member -such as is the case today. For an official statement from Gordon Watts on where he stands on the issues, please visit his official campaign page:

    * http://www.GordonWayneWatts.com/Campaign.html
    or
    * http://www.GordonWatts.com/Campaign.html


    Wednesday, 14 May 2008 - Editorial: How Hillary Might Win - Personal site mirror - Alt. mirror

    * Monday, 22 January 2007 - ERATTA: The Register makes news typo: Hillary not dishonest regarding intentions; See link for retraction.
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    (POLITICS) SEAN HANNITY SECTION:
    UPDATE: Sat 10 Oct '09 - Lee Kington bans yet another forum poster from Sean Hannity's forum, in violation of Hannity forum rules which allow disagreement if personal life is not attacked. Click here. (If her website is attacked as this one was, a cached screenshot is here or here.)
    ALERT - Mon, 28 Sept 2009 - One day after Lee Kington's complaints about this web-ring, an unknown entity visited this website 9,239 times within about a one hour period (Click here or here) in what appears to be a 'Denial of Service' Attack on this webring. Due to his vocal opposition to bad press from this webring, Kington is the only suspect while CableOne, our ISP, and the proper authorities investigate this. Kington was in public suspicion on a prior occasion (cached: here or here) as well.
    UPDATE - SAT, 26 Sept 2009 - Disagreeing with Obama is O.K. Disagreeing with Sean Hannity, even repesctfully, can get you banned (link Cache: here or here) from Hannity forum. Moderator, Lee Kington, violated forum rules, as explained here or here. NEW: The Forum Rules are cached here or here in case they take them down or deny them.
    UPDATE - Thr, 24 Sept 2009 - New evidence emerges that Hannity 'live call-in' radio program has "pre-recorded," not 'live' callers. Click here or here. Tue, 22 Sept 2009 - SEAN HANNITY Call-Screener deems caller’s Health Care question too hard: In what is one of the strangest news items of recent, Sean Hannity (1-800-941-SEAN) call-screener, Lynda McLaughlin, “diss’ed” (verbally insulted) pro-life icon, Gordon Watts (editor of GordonWayneWatts.com), of Lakeland, Florida, regarding his recent legal defense of Terri Schiavo, and then deemed his healthcare question as too hard for her show host, Sean Hannity. To see documentation of this (including audio of the call in question) -and hear Mr. Watts’ side of the story, click here or here. - Look for news coverage (click here) by reporter, Debra J.M. Smith (official websites: here and here). Informing Christians archives (click here) *and* Watts interview archived on this website (click here). Plus, new team member here.

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    Religion (Theology / Spiritual):
    NEW: In this section: My Testimony of how I 'got saved' (see below) -- ALSO: In this section -commentary on the recent ABC news story on 'Reincarnation' boy who said he lived a "past life" as a WWII pilot -and 'Is the Bible true?' ~ Also: Answers to theology questions, such as "IS Jesus worthy of God's worship," and "IS JESUS the same person as Michael the Archangel?"
    -- Also: Angels on Assignment: A critique of the Melodyland School of Theology paper by the late Dr. J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D.: (Main Link) or (Alt. Link) His wife informs me he passed away this past October. I am sorry that I could not show my proper respect by writing my reply to your paper while you were still with us. God rest your soul, Dr. Rodman, and may you be blessed in your continued activities in Heaven.

    * My Testimony: How I 'got saved' (by Gordon Wayne Watts: How you can get saved too) (Main Link) ~ (Alt. Link)
    * Rapture: Mid-Week, but Pre-Trib -- Dr. Chuck Hollowell, of Plant City, Florida's "Victory Baptist" church, recently preached a sermon, in which he lined up New & Old Testament passages on the timing of the rapture. The 'time line' was impossible to read until you lined up all the passages together (letting Scripture interpret Scripture), and then it seemed all but certain that the rapture would occur in the middle of Daniel's week, but before things got real ugly, in other words, before the 'Great' Tribulation. Don't take my word for it - The links below are for my sermon, based on Dr. Hollowell's sermon, in which I added Scriptures that I thought could clarify, and I used my own 'chart' formatting system for the notes:

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    * Where do babies go when they die? Heaven?? Hell!? NO! -Wrong on both counts -so says the Bible: Click HERE (main link) or Here (alt. link)
    * 2 Questions: "Is reincarnation real?" ~ "Is the Bible true?" Click HERE (main link) or Here (alt. link)
    * JESUS: God or not? ~ (alt. mirror) ~ JESUS: God or not? (Black & White, Printer-friendly version)
    * Test for Prophets & Spirits ~ Test for Prophets & Spirits (Alt. Mirror): How can you tell the difference between a "prophet of God" and a "false" prophet -or between a "Holy Angel" of God and a "fallen" (demon) spirit? Both possibilities exist, so you must be able to distinguish: 7 Biblical tests to "try the spirits." (Newly UPDATED Friday, 11 February 2011)
    * Two opposing views on "Praying to Saints" (A CATHOLIC topic) ~ (alt. mirror) ~ Two opposing views on "Praying to Saints" (A CATHOLIC topic) (Black & White, Printer-friendly version) While these two (2) views have validity, only one-and-a-half (1 ½) of them are correct.
    * GOD: Was he "once a man like us," like Latter Day Saints (Mormons) claim? ~ (alt. mirror)
    NEW: * THE HOLY GHOST is both a "force" like Jehovah's Witnesses claim and a person like mainstream Protestants claim. Click here for proof. ~ (alt. mirror)
    * Are Michael and Jesus the same person as Jehovah's Witnesses say? ~ (alt. mirror) ~ Are Michael and Jesus the same person as Jehovah's Witnesses say? (Black & White, Printer-friendly version)
    * Is Hell forever torment or mere destruction? ~ (alt. mirror) ~ Is Hell forever torment or mere destruction? (Black & White, Printer-friendly version)
    * Is Jesus worthy of worship? ~ (alt. mirror)
    * Is "Soul Sleep" (supported by Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christadelphianism) true or not? ~ (alt. mirror)
    * Did the Jehovah's Witnesses have doctrinal flip-flops and change their mind on important issues? Ask Google.com or Ask Yahoo.com
    * Do Jehovah’s Witnesses mis-translate the Bible? ~ (alt. mirror)
    * Did the Seventh Day Adventists make false predictions? Ask Google.com or Ask Yahoo.com
    * Did the Jehovah's Witness organization make false prophecies that did not come to pass? Ask Google.com or Ask Yahoo.com
    * Have the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) made false predictions? Ask Google.com or Ask Yahoo.com
    * Are Jehovah's Witnesses taught to lie in court? Ask Google.com or Ask Yahoo.com
    * Are Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, & many Jehovah's Witnesses right to prefer a vegan/vegetarian diet? YES! It is healthy and Biblical: Click on one of the mirrors for further details: | the Tripod Backup _\|/_ -~- _\|/_
    For a more "printer friendly" version, hit one of these pages: | or the Tripod Backup| My friend, Rob Cohen's Site about milk supports my own research into dietary practices in the links above: http://www.NotMilk.com

    * Book/Movie Review of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" ; http://gordonwaynewatts.com/DaVinci.html ; http://gordonwatts.com/DaVinci.html ; http://gordon_watts.tripod.com/DaVinci.html
    * Movie Review of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" ; http://gordonwaynewatts.com/Passion.html ; http://gordonwatts.com/Passion.html ; http://gordon_watts.tripod.com/Passion.html
    * GOD SPEAKS! Through roadside billboard signs? For those theologians who worry about "adding to" and "taking from" the Word of God, don't worry: They all look to line up with the word -and are oft-times quite funny! For more details, click one mirror: Main mirror - Backup mirror -

     *  UPDATE as of Thr. 03-17-2011: http://www.OnlineCollegeDegrees.net/theology is being added to The Register's theology section, at the request of Candice Vaughn, the webmaster / website Content Manager for: OnlineCollegeDegrees.net. NOTE: This website for this page/link is apparently a commercial website, offering online college degrees, and The Register is not a big fan of online degrees, but with skyrocketing tuition, it can't be much worse. CAVEAT: The Register is not being paid to advertise this link -and the link is being offered 'as is' for informational purposes as a link / page for "Great Christian Resources," with no warranties or guarantees.

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    New: 'Angels on Assignment' section
    Because of renewed interest in Rev. Roland H. Buck's book -and because of NEW DEVELOPMENTS, here is a new section to keep up with updates.

    Angel Book Thumbnail Images

    FIRST QUARTER - 1. "Angels on Assignment," by Rev. Roland H. Buck (a grandson of the Buck-Knife inventor)
    Available at: Amazon.com
    Available at: Rev. Buck's old church, (Boise) Central Assembly
    Available through: WhitakerHouse.com
    Available FREE online: AngelsOnAssignment.org

    SECOND QUARTER - 2. "The Man Who Talked With Angels," by Sharon White (Rev. Buck's eldest child -who wrote of more angelic encounters -and the back story of his life/testimony)
    Available at: Amazon.com
    Available at: Rev. Buck's old church, (Boise) Central Assembly
    Available through: Albris.com
    Listed at: Open Library
    Available FREE online: AngelsOnAssignment.org

    HALF-TIME - Opposing Team's view: "ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENT: A Paper From Melodyland School of Theology" (by Dr. J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D.) Critical Paper
    Available at: CBN.com
    Cached snapshot saved at: The Register's main mirror and The Register's alternate mirror

    HALF-TIME - Home Team's view: "Angels on Assignment: A critique of the Melodyland School of Theology paper by Dr. J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D." (by Gordon Wayne Watts, A.S., B.S.) Supportive Paper
    Available at: The Register's main mirror and The Register's alternate mirror
    Printer-friendly version: The Register's main mirror and The Register's alternate mirror

    THIRD QUARTER - 3. "When Angels Speak: Roland Buck on Assignment," by Timothy Holt (Rev. Buck's great nephew -which contains unpublished sermons of Roland Buck and messages on the Blood of Jesus which were given to him from God directly and through the Angel Gabriel)
    Available at: RolandBuck.com
    Available at: Amazon.com
    Available through: AHigherLife.com's 'Store' Link through a search by name
    Available through: AHigherLife.com's Online Store other Link through a search by name

    FOURTH QUARTER - 4. "Life Teachings of Roland H. Buck: the collection of Roland H. Buck?s last 67 sermons transcribed," by Timothy Holt (Although these are the rough-draft notes, and not the published book in #3 above, these notes are the apparently word-for-word, verbatim transcription of all 67 of Rev. Buck's last sermons plus the 68th sermon at his eulogy. These notes, in the opinion of the webmaster, are complete and correct, and, by verbal permission of the author, Timothy Holt, I am providing them online for free --with the understanding that the author has asked me to make sure the reader understands that these notes are *not* the published and copyrighted book available for resale above; these notes are provided for private, non-profit use to the reader, with permission from the copyright holder.)
    Fri. 13 July 2012 - UPDATE: Timothy has just contacted me and informed me that he did not actually have permission from the copyright holders of these sermons, and thus I am taking them down. IF, however, you want copies of the sermons (audio recordings and possibly also transcripts - I am not certain), I would recommend you contact Rev. Buck's old church, (Boise) Central Assembly, and click on either the 'Books & CD's' link or the 'Contact' link to make your requests known. I apologise for any inconvenience here. On my honour, this mistake was not intentional: Timothy has informed me that Roland's set of sermons actually belongs to Charm Buck and Whitaker House.~Webmaster, Gordon Wayne Watts

    Webmaster's Note: We are *INDEED* in the '4th Quarter' of the game -in these end times / last days, and the clock is just about the strick midnight! (And it may strike *sooner* for *YOU* if you die before Jesus returns!)

    Further resources - Here are other of Timothy Holt's public web resources:
    www.Facebook.com/timothy.holt2 ~ www.MySpace.com/bluefire2007
    www.InspiringYourFaith.com ~ www.RolandBuck.com

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    Overtime! - More: Angel books - Highly recommended by the webmaster
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    *Many* 'Angel' books exist, but these 4 (and those above) are, in the opinion of the webmaster, the best:

    Angel Book: Personal Encounters With God's Messengers [Paperback]
    by: Charles and Frances Hunter

    Amazon.com (link 1) - Amazon.com (link 2) - Barnes & Noble - ChristianBook.com

    Murdered Heiress, Living Witness
    by Dr. Petti Wagner (Paperback – 1989)

    Amazon.com - Barnes & Noble - Albris.com - OpenLibrary.org

    The Beautiful Side of Evil [Paperback]
    Johanna Michaelsen (Author)

    Amazon.com - Barnes & Noble - Albris.com

    Sunshine: Daughter of Sacrifice [Paperback]
    By: Teresa (last name redacted: read the book to find out why)
    PS: I personally know Teresa -and she is not fake. -Webmaster, Gordon Wayne Watts

    The official website to order the updated edition of the book (added text; new illustrations)

    TearsToJoyMinistries.org's copy of interview /&/ Free online copy of book

    Another Free online copy of book: here or here - Interview on AudioFarm.org

    Unleavened Bread ministries interviews: 1st interview - 2nd interview.

    Order book through WorldCat.org - Free online copy of book at: Unleavened Bread Ministries - (Misc.: Facebook page)

    FREE Online COPY (mirror 1) - FREE Online COPY (mirror 2) - (Note: This webmaster spoke to Teresa on Thursday, 22 July 2010, and she gave her verbal permission for all the free online copies of her book to be published for personal and non-profit use. It is, as she said it, getting the message out, and that is what counts.)

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    Your ANGEL STORIES: Testimonials

    Your Angel Encounters

    I was 8 months pregnant, married and asleep when at midnite a loud pounding on our front door. 
    My husband proceeded to answer the door and it was my brother in law (his brother) who came barging in saying "OMG, Cyndi's mom's house is on fire and they think her brother is trapped in it!"
    I flew out of bed, the best I could, considering I was XTRA XTRA huge from pregnancy! My husband comes in to the bedroom and says "Stay here, I will go see whats going on!"....I said, "NO! What about my brother? I have to go"....he said "NO, STAY HERE >...I will come back to get you!"  (You have to know my brother is only 11 months older than I and was born blind. I knew my mom worked third shift and would not have been home....but my 20 year old brother, blind, would have been home as it was midnite)
    I struggled out of bed....and all I had on was a slip as it was extremely hot and we did not have airconditioning.  As my husband exited the bedroom and around the corner I was about 5 feet behind him.  As I got around the corner and at the top of the step, I sat on the top step to take a deep breath. WHen I looked up...a woman was standing there.
    SHe was all dressed in burgundy , a suit.  An older woman with reddish colored hair. (sort of burgundy also, lol)
    She says, "Its ok honey, I will take you. Everything is fine."
    She then said..."Come on , I will help you dress and we will go down."
    (In my mind I was thinking "who is this woman?" she must have come with my brother in law...or followed him to our home? But it didnt matter to me as she was going to help me and take me there.)
    This woman walks into our bedroom and proceeds to go to the CHEST OF DRAWERS and remove a maternity top and shorts for me, as well as socks.  I hurridly got dressed and followed her down the steps and out the door to her car.  She obviously had money as she had a beautiful huge cadillac with burgundy rust interior. Very plush.
    She drove down the main road towards my mom's home. (only 3 miles away)...there was tons of firetrucks, ambulances, etc.
    I was crying and said..."My brother is blind"...
    she said
    "Don't worry honey, your brother is safe. You will see for yourself."
    SHortly she pulled over into the parking lot across from my mom's house...it was a hardware shop.  I got out of her car and "ran" across the street and my husband and his brother were standing right there in front of the house.
    My husband looked up and said...."How did you get here"?
    I said "The lady that came with MIchael" (my brother in law)
    and Michael said "Hunh? Nobody came with me"
    I turned to point to the woman and her car.  IT was gone.  COmpletely gone.  The entire street was roadblocked as my mom's house was on property that shared the gas station and it was feared for an explosion....the woman and her car where nowhere in site. NO possible way that woman could have driven her car in and around the barricades that were set up and certainly no possible way for that woman to have exited that quickly, either.  That woman was my guardian angel.
    Upon thinking, that woman would have had to pass my husband as he was exiting our house as she was coming in.  He did not see any woman there.
    Neither my husband , nor my  brother in law, said that any other car was in our driveway.  (Her car WAS in our driveway as she guided me to it.)
    I remembered her going to my Chest of Drawers to help me dress.  How did this woman know that MY clothes were kept in the tall chest of drawers instead of the long dresser with mirrors? (most women take the long dresser w mirror and the men use the chest of drawers. But because my husband wore uniforms to work...he needed more space so he would have the long dresser and drawers and I took the short 4 drawer chest of drawers for mine.)
    Burgundy.  The color burgundy. Everything was burgundy.  THe womans hair, her shoes, her purse, her suit, her car.  Why didnt that click? Burgundy and pink were the colors of my wedding only 9 months earlier.  Burgundy and Maroon was my favorite color.  That woman was my guardian angel.
    As for my brother? Well, he was not in the house fire. My mom lost everything. Her home, which contained all of my childhood relics and memories, burned completely to the ground. It was a vicious electrical fire that spread through the wiring and walls rapidly.  Little did we know that after my mom would leave for her third shift work, he would also leave the house and visit with his secret girlfriend....the young divorced woman next door.
    The next morning, a picture appeared in our local newspaper.  A fireman was holding the completely charred remains of my mom's dresser drawer.  Lying in that drawer was all of my mom's photo albums and loose pictures. Not a single one received so much as a speck of smoke damage. Lying on top...was the Holy Bible.
     
    Written by, Cyndi Caron ItsMeCyndi@comcast.net Londonderry, New Hampshire (Saturday, 11 September 2004, 20:40:37 EDT)

    Webmaster asks: How'd that woman know the fate of your brother, Cyndi?
    to which Cyndi replied: She WAS my guardian angel :-)


    Here's my angel story.

    It was 1975 and I was living in Alabama and engaged to a guy who had a brother named Jeffery(*) who lived in Devil Hills, NC. Jeff had a job doing custom carpentry on boats. He was about to be married to a very fine, Christian lady. Jeff was a wonderful person, a real Christian. He loved his church (The Rock Church in Manteo) and he and his fiancee were active in youth ministry. I knew that Jeffery prayed for all his family members, including us as we prepared to drive the 16-17 hrs. to see him get married. We always said that Jeff and God had a special communication.

    It was a hard trip and we took turns driving so that we didn't have to stop. We had no problems getting past Raleigh but we were really tired by the time we reached the easternmost area below Albermarle Sound. We decided to try a short cut through some rural areas to save some miles but we were unsure we were going the right way plus we were so exhausted we couldn't stay awake. It must have been 2-3 a.m. We pulled over to the side of the road and were asleep in 2 minutes. Now this was way out in nowhere and there was nobody on the road. When we awoke it was daylight and the car wouldn't start. We realized we had fallen asleep with the lights on and the battery was dead! We had to get to Kill Devil Hills by a certain time. Nobody had cell phones in those days and according to the map the nearest town was at least 10 miles. We were getting upset. Within a minute or two a blue Thunderbird with a white top flew past and pulled over in front of us. A big, tall man got out and came back to our car window, and said something like, "Got a dead battery, huh?" Well, it didn't occur to me at the time to wonder how he knew that. We could have been out of gas but he seemed to know without asking. I was so happy someone was helping us that I didn't think about the details at the time. We told him we were on the way to a wedding and were worried about getting there on time. We told him we weren't sure where we were. He told us to follow him and that when we came to a crossroads to turn right.

    So away we went with the T-Bird just flying and we had to floor our Camaro to stay with him but we did and we could see him clearly in front of us. Then, about 6-7 miles along the road the Thunderbird just disappeared. One second it was there and then there was nothing but road in front of us. It wasn't foggy or raining, it was a clear morning. Then we came to the crossroads. We could see pretty far in 4 directions but he was nowhere in sight. We figured he must have taken off like a rocket to get away that fast!

    When we got to Kill Devil Hills we told everyone about the incident. As we expected Jeffery said he had been praying for us and asking the angels to watch over us on the trip. Someone heard his prayers. The wedding was beautiful and the family, some of whom came from as far away as Seattle, all had a wonderful visit. Years passed and I forgot about the incident until I started reading books about angels and how they sometimes help stranded motorists. Helping us get to that wedding was pretty important. I read that sometimes angels appear as angels but other times seem ordinary enough that it isn't until later that people realize who they were. I also read how they sometimes have a sense of humor. That's true. The last thing I remember seeing on the back of that blue Thunderbird was the emblem on the trunk. Remember the T-bird emblem? It's a pair of WINGS.

    (*) Some name detail(s) have been changed at the request of the author.

    Submitted by: Nancy S. SecretGarden260@msn.com Williamsburg, Virginia (Friday, 05 August 2011, 04:57:27 P.M. EDT)

    Webmaster's comments: If the driver was following the T-Bird, they would both be paying attention to it, to make sure and not get lost, so her testimony that they saw it disappear is compelling. This writer knows the author of this story and trusts her, so her testimony is credible. Also, the driver of the Thunderbird had no way of knowing what was wrong (other than supernatural knowledge), and so his comment about a dead battery, combined with the unexpected disappearance and the type of car he was driving (one with wings in its logo) is too much to explain by chance. Image submitted by author

    T-Bird logo, similar to angel wings


    Story 3

    John Doe (January 1492)


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    HEALTH:
    VERY IMPORTANT: USA faces cancer epidemic and slipping rankings in life-span rankings -as well as an obesity epidemic. (Does milk really do the body good?) Also, Type-2 Diabetes, previously known as 'Adult Onset Diabetes' *now* appears in children in alarming rates. Click here (or: alternate mirror 1 or: alternate mirror 2) for solution. Warning: A change in diet is necessary, but scientifically proven effective. Stuff the government and mainstream media refuses to tell you, as they are influenced by the power of such as the dairy industry: Information on Milk, Meat, and Health Diet info - why cow milk is not good for HUMANS - nor is dog or cat milk -so click on the research links above. More Research on Milk risks: Main link - mirror 1 - mirror 2 For a dissenting view, in opposition to the pro-vegan arguments made in the prior links here, see Denise Minger's RawFoodSOS.com page, in which she spars with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of TheChinaStudy.com. I do not know either of these people, "in real life," but Denise was kind enough to let me posts several VERY long and critical screeds against her view: http://RawFoodSOS.com/the-china-study -- http://RawFoodSOS.com/2010/08/06/final-china-study-response-html/ -- and even on her contact page: http://RawFoodSOS.com/contact. (My posts are close to the very bottom of the page, and I 'let loose' on her and her pro-meat, pro-milk peeps! Even though I disagree with Denise, I can say that she is impressive for at least three (3) things:

    (-1-) Very bright; (-2-) Very hard-working & dedicated (even to the point of being able to out talk ME in forum, no easy feat
    (-:/
    --saying she is verbose is an understatement LOL), and (-3-) She is kind enough to let me post a respectful but firm dissent, sharply disagreeing with her conclusion that a meat & dairy diet is A-OK. Oddly enough, Denise has not responded to my posts, but my web tracker implies or suggests that she probably visited my page to look at it --which is a sign of any good scientist and/or researcher: Doing your homework & gathering facts is what the scientific model is all about.

    More health research from The Register:

    * The AZT-AIDS connection is investigated -and challenged: Both sides to this controversy: MAIN LINK - MIRROR 1 - MIRROR 2

    * Human limb regeneration! -- Is it real!? Lacking proof, here, rather, is evidence: Like FOX brags, we report; you decide: MAIN LINK - MIRROR 1 - MIRROR 2

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    Rob Cohen's research: Very comprehensive argument why supermarket milk does NOT do the body good: NotMilk.com

    Healthy foods combat disease -that's why other countries are healthier than the U.S.A.: ArthritisFoods.net

    ** 'Lift Like a Girl' web-ring, hosted by Nia Shanks, personal trainer, powerlifter: Talented athlete and very smart
    NiaShanks.com ~ BeautifulBadass.com ~ Facebook.com/GirlsGoneStrong ~ Facebook.com/BeautifulBadassFanpage ~ NiaShanks.blogspot.com ~ YouTube.com/NiaShanks ~ FatLossDetour.com

    ** 'Pretty Powerlifting' web-ring is hosted by Vanessa 'Pretty Strong' Gale, and Sara 'Pretty Strong' Cichorek
    PrettyPowerlifting.com ~ PrettyStrongPowerlifting.com/ ~ Pretty-Powerlifting fanpage on Facebook ~ Youtube.com/MuscleGirl504 ~ Youtube.com/SaraCichorek ~ PrettyStrong.Wordpress.com ~ Twitter.com/PrettySTR0NG

    ** APRIL MATHIS, 'World's Strongest Woman', with World Records in the SHW div. of RAW Powerlifting
    April Mathis is presently ranked as 'The World's Strongest Woman' by virtue of the fact that she holds the all-time World Records in the Super-Heavyweight division of RAW (unequipped, e.g., belt & wrist wraps only) powerlifting with world records in the squat: 615-lbs., bench press: 415-lbs., deadlift: 580-lbs., and total: 1610-lbs at 254-lb. bodyweight. (In all fairness, Becca Swanson also hold's the title of 'World's Strongest Woman,' but Becca lifts in the equipped division. April is presently training to break the equipped records as well.) April's new website is dedicated towards the sport of competitive powerlifting, strength training, and performing feats of strength once thought to be impossible. Here are some resources to find out more about April:
    * ( Google Search ) -- ( Yahoo! Search ) -- ( Google 'Video' Search ) -- ( Yahoo! 'Video' Search )
    * Official Training log of April Mathis: SuperTrainingGym.com/forums/index.php/topic/1074-april-mathis-training-log (Training Log)
    * April's Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AMathis01 - Her YouTube: http://YouTube.com/AMathis01
    Editor's Note: I have trained with April at Deb's Gym, here in Lakeland, and she is not only very smart regarding powerlifting, but she is also a genuinely nice person, always willing to help me with my lifting technique and program, which was useful when I started back lifting after a long layoff. To prove that I really know April: Here is file-footage of what happened after we got into some sort of argument: We settled it the only way known to warriors: An arm-wrestling contest. (YouTube vid: 'I challenge World's Strongest Woman to arm-wrestling contest: Best 2 out of 3') - (Cache 1: Right-click to save) - (Cache 2: Right-click to save) Do not let her difficulty here mislead you: She is VERY strong, and this was my first loss to a woman in my adult life, even after many worthy challengers; I have since retired from arm-wrestling on the advice of my trainers. April is as smart as she is strong -and a good neighbour as well. --Editor, Gordon W. Watts

    ** D Wizard of Abs, simply referred to as D, is on a mission is to create a healthier and fit world. Immersed in sports as a child he later went on to briefly play professional football in the NFL. He sustained an injury which put him out of the game for good. Disappointed, he picked himself up. He found himself in the gym training others. It was there he discovered his gift of being able to make huge impacts on people’s lives. Exercises that seem virtually impossible, he executes. He makes what seems impossible, possible! “Like a calm wind, I will positively touch the world. Attempt to get in my way and that wind becomes mighty, destroying whatever is in its path!”
    Youtube.com/DWizardofabs ~ Facebook.com/DWizardofabs ~ Twitter.com/DWizardofabs ~ https://www.facebook.com/DWiz1on1

    Personal page: http://www.DWizardOfAbs.com

    ** 'Natural News' web-ring, hosted by Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger." Smart, Healthy, & a Great 'old school' rapper!
    NaturalNews.com ~ HealthRanger.com ~ YouTube.com/TheHealthRanger ~ Facebook.com/NaturalNews ~ Facebook.com/HealthRanger ~ Natural News 'testing' experimental page ~ PS: Browse my YouTube for some of The Health Ranger's best rappin': YouTube.com/GordonWayneWatts

    ** I'd like to thank my peeps, buds, and hommies at Deb's Gym in Lakeland (between Orlando & Tampa), Fla for helping me to get in shape:
    -- http://www.debs-gym.com or: http://www.DebsGym.com
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debs-Gym-House-of-Perfection/320905505143 (Gym Facebook page)
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1666203667 (Her Facebook page) (You have to be signed in to view this page: Requires FREE Facebook account registration.)
    They even made me lunch one day after a workout -even though this is not a service they advertised. Good people: That's how they roll there! Other experts who have helped me... below:

    ** Bret Contreras' web-ring: Another intelligent strength and exercise researcher:
    BretContreras.com -and- BretContreras.Wordpress.Com - most famous, however, for being...
    TheGluteGuy.com - *Here*, he answers my question in 'ABC'.
    Oops - was that link bad? He changed/updated the link, so here's the correct one -- Here: http://bretcontreras.com/abc-ask-bret-contreras.
    The original page is archived here: http://web.archive.org/web/20120708203129/http://bretcontreras.com/2011/01/abc-ask-bret-contreras
    Other websites in his web ring include his: You Tube, Twitter, and Facebook.

    ** Eric Cressey is also an expert in the field of strenth exercise: EricCressey.com - His Facebook is: HERE.
    I purchased the following product from him, and all indicators are that it is high quality: ShowAndGoTraining.com/. He works with, among other people, many professional baseball players. His professional website is: CresseyPerformance.com.

    ***** HIGHLY Recommended by the webmaster:
    Vegan.org ~ Vegan.com ~ VeganSociety.com ~ VeganOutreach.org
    Don't take my word for it: Do your own research -let Google & Yahoo! help you: (Search Google: vegan cancer) ~ (Search Yahoo!: vegan cancer)

    RECAP on the main body of health research: Main link - mirror 1 - mirror 2 (Yes, it was worth repeating.)

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    QUICK LINKS:
    * Dr. Gordon P. Watts, Jr., the archaeologist
    * Professor, Gordon T. Watts, the physicist and blogger
    * Gordon W. Watts, the North Londonderry township manager (not me! Another "Gordon W. Watts"!)
    * Gordon A. Watts, the Canadian genealogist
    * G. Gordon Watts, for whom a Professorship of Music was established
    * Gordon Taylor Watts, Elder within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church)
    * Gordon Watts, CEO at Belco Electric in the Metro Atlanta Area
    * Gordon Wayne Watts, biologist, chemist, electronic technologist, and participant in the Terri Schiavo ordeal
    This is the "official" website of Gordon Wayne Watts (me, myself), however, I have seen several other Gordon Watts' on the World Wide Web, so to remove ambiguity and confusion, I shall try to differentiate and distinguish:

    * Dr. Gordon P. Watts, Jr., archaeologist, (Ph.D., St. Andrews) of East Carolina University, not me, but another Gordon Watts. He appears to have retired in 2001, and here's all I could find:
    * The University's bio of him here, which shows his involvement in the Program in Maritime Studies.
    * A research paper, which cites him, at the bottom of the page;
    * A North Carolina official state website listing in PDF format (large file!), listing him as the director of the Tidewater Atlantic Research, Inc.,
    * ; and, lastly, a story by him in the Archeology Program of the National Parks Service.

    * Professor, Gordon T. Watts, Associate Professor and particle physicist at {Chicago, Illinois (?)} Fermi Lab at the University of Washington (not me; another Gordon Watts). His websites appear to be:
    * http://blogs.quantumdiaries.org/4, his old blog;
    * http://gordonwatts.wordpress.com, his current blog;
    * http://d0.phys.washington.edu/~gwatts, his official University Bio;
    * http://d0.phys.washington.edu/~gwatts/research, his research page;
    * http://www.interactions.org/quantumdiaries/bios/gordon_watts.html, his blog bio;
    * http://www-tele.fnal.gov/cgi-bin/telephone.script?name=Watts, an update on his gwatts@fnal.gov email address, vis-a-vis, "gwatts@phys.washington.edu," which appears to be an older email address.
    * NEW: http://www.facebook.com/GordonWatts is Dr. Watts' FACEBOOK page.

    * Gordon W. Watts, the township manager of the North Londonderry (Lebanon County, PA) Township (not me! Another "Gordon W. Watts"!)
    * http://www.nlondtwp.com, The Official website for the North Londonderry township, located in Lebanon County, PA.
    * http://webserver.nlondtwp.com:8888/GenInfo/NLT2003c.htm, NORTH LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP - TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS LIST - 2008.
    * http://www.auditorgen.state.pa.us/Reports/Pension/munNorthLondenderryTwpNUPP092606.pdf, an audit found on the State's website, making reference to the township.
    * http://www.lebanonema.org/lema/Municipalities+and+Local+EMCs/default.aspx, Emergency Management Agency website.
    * http://www.bookrags.com/wiki/North_Londonderry_Township,_Pennsylvania, The Bookrags.com research website entry for the township.

    * Gordon A. Watts (not me), a Canadian Genealogist, who writes for the online magazine, The Global Gazette; His official website appears to be here:
    * http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/authors/authgw.htm. He also has a personal website, the POST 1901 CENSUS PROJECT, dedicated to "Open the door to Canada's Historic Census." (It appears that I am not the only "Gordon Watts," who has taken on the powers that be.)

    * G. Gordon Watts with sons, Dave and Gordon Watts, Jr. This story in the March 25, 1999 issue of the Harvard University Gazette seems self-explanatory, with its title, "G. Gordon Watts Professorship of Music Established."

    * Gordon Taylor Watts, Elder within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church);
    Elder within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (http://lds.org colloquially known as Mormons)
    Born 1935 South Weber, Utah -- Married Connie Welling 1963, Logan Utah Temple; four children
    This biographical sketch was adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Gordon T. Watts of the Seventy" in the Ensign, May 1998 on the occasion of Elder Watts' call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy, according to: http://gapages.com/wattsgt1.htm
    Cf:
    http://lds.org/friend/2002/02/friend-to-friend-best-friends?lang=eng
    and:
    http://ldsliving.com/story/5687-i-will-seek-good-friends
    and:
    http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/memphis

    * Gordon Watts, CEO at Belco Electric in the Metro Atlanta Area;
    CEO at Belco Electric providing electricians and electrical service to the Metro Atlanta Area since 1972. Tennis, Francophile, Travel, Outdoors, Walking, Movies http://twitter.com/GordonWatts
    and
    http://belcoinc.com/belco_electric_company_about.htm
    His profile: http://www.belcoinc.com/wordpress/?author=1
    His blog: http://www.belcoinc.com/wordpress

    * Gordon Wayne Watts, A.S., B.S., electronic technologist, biologist, chemist; with a double major, B.S., with honors, in Biological and Chemical Science, (FSU, class of 2000), and an A.S. in Electronics Technology, United Electronics Institute (Valedictorian, class of 1988). However, I am probably best-known for my involvement in the Terri Schiavo ordeal:

    * STATE INVOLVEMENT: Click *_here_* to jump back to the top of the page.

    * I lost my bid to save Terri by a 4-3 split decision before the Florida Supreme Court, who denied my rehearing:
    http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2005/2/03-2420reh.pdf (A copy of the court's file, here: Case No. SC03-2420 or here: Case No. SC03-2420.) To put things into perspective, let's look at how well Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, did.
    * Jeb Bush went before the same court, and he too tried to save Terri, using different legal tactics. He lost 7-0 in his rehearing:
    http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2004/10/04-925reh.pdf (A copy of the court's file, here: Case No. SC04-925 or here: Case No. SC04-925.)
    * I am a small "nobody," but when we both went before the same panel of judges, on the same issue (let's save Terri), and both asked for a rehearing of our cases, I did markedly better than him or, for that matter, anyone else, but I got paltry press coverage. Can anybody say "biased" or "paparazzi?"

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    After we were roundly defeated in state court, in what appeared to be a pre-determined outcome, we went to federal court. I am listed on page 17 of 25 of the official court opinion, a large PDF file: http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/ops/200511628.pdf. (A copy of the court's file, here: Case No. 05-11628 or here: Case No. 05-11628.) The Tampa Tribune also published another opinion from this court, here, listing me as one of the interested parties. The rest, as they say, is history.




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    *New 'Terri Schiavo' section
    (Full name: Theresa Marie 'Terri' Schindler-Schiavo aka 'The Florida Woman on the feeding tube')

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    This page is maintained by Gordon Wayne Watts, a non-lawyer, who is best known for his lawsuit on behalf of Terri Schiavo[1], which lost 4-3 in the Florida Supreme Court, arguably doing better than even then Governor Jeb Bush's similar suit[2] (lost: 7-0) or Terri Schiavo's own family's federal case[3] (lost: 2-1). Mr. Watts, who ran unsuccessfully for Dist. 64 Fla. House of Representatives[4], is a part-time political activist while he searches for a full-time job in his field.

    Contemporary legal scholars are amazed that Watts, a non-lawyer, could almost win a court case on behalf of Terri Schiavo.

    Mr. Watts, of Lakeland, Florida, received a Bachelor's degree from The Florida State University with a double major in Biological and Chemical Sciences with honors and was the valedictorian from United Electronics Institute.

    Sources:
    [1] In Re: GORDON WAYNE WATTS (as next friend of THERESA MARIE 'TERRI' SCHIAVO), No. SC03-2420 (Fla. Feb.23, 2005), denied 4-3 on rehearing. (Watts got 42.7% of his panel) http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2005/2/03-2420reh.pdf
    [2] In Re: JEB BUSH, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, ET AL. v. MICHAEL SCHIAVO, GUARDIAN: THERESA SCHIAVO, No. SC04-925 (Fla. Oct.21, 2004), denied 7-0 on rehearing. (Bush got 0.0% of his panel before the same court) http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/dispositions/2004/10/04-925reh.pdf
    [3] Schiavo ex rel. Schindler v. Schiavo ex rel. Schiavo, 403 F.3d 1223, 2005 WL 648897 (11th Cir. Mar.23, 2005), denied 2-1 on appeal. (Terri Schiavo's own blood family only got 33.3% of their panel on the Federal Appeals level) http://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/200511556.pdf
    [4] Key Phrase search: (Google search for Watts' campaign)and (Yahoo! search for Watts' campaign) - Archived copies of Official Campaign pages: http://GordonWatts.com/Campaign.html and http://GordonWayneWatts.com/Campaign.html

    Synopsis:

    Synopsis -- short version: Terri Schiavo, the famous 'Florida feeding tube' woman, collapsed and fell into a coma in 1990, and she was temporarily hooked up to a feeding tube to feed her while she was unconscious. Many contemporary scholars believe that she was kept on a feeding tube merely for the convenience of the nursing staff, even after she regained sufficient consciousness to possibly eat. After about 15 years on a feeding tube, however, she became unable to eat, due to lack of use of the muscles involved in eating. CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, she was not hooked up to all kinds of life-support machines (no heart-lung, dialysis, or respirator machines, for example) -only a feeding tube, and we believe that was put in only for convenience purposes, but after 15 years on a feeding tube, it would be hard to wean her off of it suddenly -- those things take time.

    Synopsis -- long version:
    LEGAL ASPECTS: -- PDF *.pdf file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Microsoft Word *.doc file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Web-page *.html file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2
    MORAL ASPECTS: -- PDF *.pdf file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Microsoft Word *.doc file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Web-page *.html file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Text *.txt file: Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2
    PRACTICAL ASPECTS plus other nuances: -- Mirror 1 -- Mirror 2 -- Mirror 3

    Documents:

    * If you were upset that Gov. Jeb Bush stuck his nose into the Schiavo matter, then you should be happy and not complain to me about my involvement in the Schiavo case: I fought very hard against Jeb Bush's legal filings.

    AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF BY AMICUS GORDON WATTS in support of Appellee, Michael Schiavo's petition to affirm:
    Court's file copy -- Local archived copy: Mirror 1 -- Local archived copy: Mirror 2

    Motion to file in support of Michael Schiavo:
    Court's file copy -- Local archived copy: Mirror 1 -- Local archived copy: Mirror 2

    * If, however, you are pro-life, and wanted Terri to live, then you should *also* be happy and not complain to me about my involvement in the Schiavo case: I lost my pro se bid to save Terri by a 4-3 margin, picking up 42.9% of my panel's vote, in Florida's Supreme Court. My case, SC03-2420, is shown below. Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, by contrast, went before the same court in case number SC04-925. Bush's rehearing, unlike mine, was denied by a 7-0 margin, picking up 0.0% of his panel's vote. Thus, my experience and ability to speak with some credibility is shown by the fact that I did markedly better in his rehearing before the same panel than Bush. I am also listed on page 17 of 25 in this Federal Court's opinion: case No. 05-11628, before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta, GA. Related case here in the Tampa Tribune. David Gibbs, III, of the Christian Law Firm, representing Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, lost 2-1 in Federal Court, --in his attempt to save Terri Schiavo, only garnering 33.3% of his panel's vote.

    In Re: GORDON WAYNE WATTS (as next friend of THERESA MARIE 'TERRI' SCHIAVO), No. SC03-2420 (Fla. Feb.23, 2005), denied 4-3 on rehearing:
    Court's file copy -- Local archived copy: Mirror 1 -- Local archived copy: Mirror 2

    Note: The court brief listed above, in the 'Legal Aspects' section, is styled in the United States Supreme Court, but I am listing it instead of the brief referenced in SC03-2420, the Florida Supreme Court case, since the U.S. Supreme Court brief was patterned after the State case --and a slightly more-improved version.

    In Re: JEB BUSH, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, ET AL. v. MICHAEL SCHIAVO, GUARDIAN: THERESA SCHIAVO, No. SC04-925 (Fla. Oct.21, 2004), denied 7-0 on rehearing:
    Court's file copy -- Local archived copy: Mirror 1 -- Local archived copy: Mirror 2

    Schiavo ex rel. Schindler v. Schiavo ex rel. Schiavo, 403 F.3d 1223, 2005 WL 648897 (11th Cir. Mar.23, 2005), denied 2-1 on appeal:
    (I am listed on page 17 of 25 of the official Federal Court of Appeals opinion.)
    Court's file copy -- Local archived copy: Mirror 1 -- Local archived copy: Mirror 2

    Also, the Tampa Tribune also published another opinion from this court *here*.

    Other Websites of Interest:

    * http://TerrisFight.org -- Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation: The official family website dedicated to Terri Schiavo

    * University of Miami 'Schiavo links' page: Selected Schiavo and related Web links

    * ALTERNATE University of Miami 'Schiavo links' page: Messier, but with additional Schiavo Case Resources and related Web links

    * ADDITIONAL U. of Miami Schiavo resources

    * http://AbstractAppeal.com/schiavo/infopage.html - Liberal, but fairly neutral blog of Matt Conigliaro, a St. Pete lawyer

    * Florida Supreme Court's TERRI SCHIAVO documents/cases page

    * Footage of Terri shortly before her death -- Was Terri 'PVS'(*) or not? We report, you decide: 'Conversation With Terri' - Mirror 1 -- 'Conversation With Terri' - Mirror 2
    (*) 'PVS' stands for 'Persistent Vegetative State' or sometimes: 'Permanent Vegetative State' -- Basically it means brain-dead, unconscious, or unresponsive, depending on the context, and whether it is a legal, medical, or colloquial term.
    PS: If you want a copy of this video footage of Terri's conversation with her father, right-click on the links above, and select 'save as,' and save to your favourite folder.

    * Additional 'Schiavo' documentation from ProCon.org, apparently a neutral website

    * Web Archive of TerriPac.com, Michael Schiavo's PAC (Political Action Committee)
    * Screen Capture of TerriPac.com archive - Mirror 1
    * Screen Capture of TerriPac.com archive - Mirror 2

    * TerriPac.com, Michael Schiavo's PAC -- which appears to be a dead & abandoned website as of now
    * Screen Capture of TerriPac.com abandoned page - Mirror 1
    * Screen Capture of TerriPac.com abandoned page - Mirror 2

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    TAKE ME HOME!

    http://www.GordonWayneWatts.com

    http://www.GordonWatts.com

    Gordon W. Watts
    Editor-in-Chief, The Register

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    "First, they [Nazis] came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me." (Martin Niemöller, given credit for a quotation in The Harper Religious and Inspirational Quotation Companion, ed. Margaret Pepper (New York: Harper &Row, 1989), 429 -as cited on page 44, note 17, of Religious Cleansing in the American Republic, by Keith A. Fornier, Copyright 1993, by Liberty, Life, and Family Publications.

    (Some versions have Mr. Niemöller saying: "Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant," and yet other versions have him saying that they came for the Socialists, Industrialists, schools, the press, and/or the Church; however, it is certain that he did say something along these lines. Actually, they may not have come for the Jews first, as it's far more likely they came for the prisoners, mentally handicapped, and other so-called "inferiors" first -as historians tell us -so they could get "practiced up"; however, they did come for them -due to the silence of their neighbors -and due, in part, to their own silence. So the general idea is correct: "Speak up now, or forever hold your peace." --Gordon)


    “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” (Sherlock Holmes)

    “Things are not always what they seem...” (Phaedrus)

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

    “It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence.” (Sherlock Holmes)

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes)


    “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. (Sherlock Holmes, “The Yellow Face” Arthur Conan Doyle)

    “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.” --Phaedrus http://www.forbes.com/quotes/author/phaedrus and: http://quoteseverlasting.com/author.php?a=Phaedrus

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” (Thomas Jefferson, attributed)

    “It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” (Sherlock Holmes: “A Study in Scarlet,” by Arthur Conan Doyle)

    "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." Sherlock Holmes Quote -A Scandal in Bohemia

    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 6, p. 111, by Arthur Conan Doyle)

    “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” (Sherlock Holmes: “The Sign of Four,” 1890, Chap. 1, p. 92, by Arthur Conan Doyle)


    "How, then, did you deduce the telegram?"

    "Why, of course I knew that you had not written a letter, since I sat opposite to you all morning. I see also in your open desk there that you have a sheet of stamps and a thick bundle of postcards. What could you go into the post-office for, then, but to send a wire? Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth." (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 1 - The Science of Deduction) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-01.html


    “"How came he, then?" I reiterated. "The door is locked; the window is inaccessible. Was it through the chimney?"

    "The grate is much too small," he answered. "I had already considered that possibility."

    "How, then?" I persisted.

    "You will not apply my precept," he said, shaking his head. "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?"

    "He came through the hole in the roof!" I cried.

    "Of course he did. He must have done so. If you will have the kindness to hold the lamp for me, we shall now extend our researches to the room above -- the secret room in which the treasure was found."” (“The Sign of Four,”(1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle: Chapter 6 - Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration) http://literature.org/authors/doyle-arthur-conan/sign-of-four/chapter-06.html


    “"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."”

    “The first part of the quotation ("If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered") has not been found anywhere in Thomas Jefferson's writings, to Albert Gallatin or otherwise. It is identified in Respectfully Quoted as spurious, and the editor further points out that the words "inflation" and "deflation" are not documented until after Jefferson's lifetime.

    The second part of the quotation ("I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...") may well be a paraphrase of a statement Jefferson made in a letter to John Taylor in 1816. He wrote, "And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    The third part of this quotation ("The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs") may be a misquotation of Jefferson's comment to John Wayles Eppes, "Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs."” [Internal citations removed]

    Source: “Private Banks (Quotation),” from “The Jefferson Monticello” website: http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/private-banks-quotation, which, according to the website, http://www.monticello.org/site/about, has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns over 2,500 acres of Jefferson's 5,000-acre plantation.


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    ARCHIVES for The Register and this website (WARNING: The 'Archive' section is quite long and comprehensive.)

    (Tue 6 Oct '09) Remember "Lavonda" from 'Lost & Missing' below? Her real name is Cynthia Caron & she's on THE VIEW & needs your vote. Click here to help Cyndi & Lost & Missing children.
    Plant City High School: 25-yr Reunion#UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to allow you more time: You now have until Mon. Aug. 3rd, 2009 to register & pay -without a late fee. After that, registration is closed. Click here or here for new developments regarding unexpected news coverage --AND the new Facebook 'reunion' link.[End of Update.] * A 25-Yr reunion for PCHS class of 1984 has been planned for classes 80-88: Fri AUG 07 and Sat AUG 08, 2009 - many events planned. WALDEN LAKE boasts it will be: "the largest combined reunion in Plant City's history. Over 1,000 classmates & family expected to attend. See friends & family from your class and the years before and after you graduated." Why this reunion will probably be real big:
    *1* For the 1st time in ages, 'local' Plant City venue (not Tampa or St.Pete) *2* Good publicity by classmate mass emails, flyer handouts, & publicity in all the major papers *3* A 'combined' Reunion, inviting all of 1980-1988 *4* Reasonably priced ($40.oo for main event is lower than most REUNIONS)
    #1: WaldenLakeGolf.com -> Select EVENTS -> Click on 'Class Reunions' -> Visit "Plant City HS Classes of '82, '83, '84, '85 & '86" (Or just click here)
    #2: Classmates.com -> PCHS Class of 1984 -> Click on 'Announcements' for details and the original 'Reunion' announcement (Click here & Sign in) It is quoted as saying: "Everyone needs to sign up with Walden Lake Golf and Country Club. Please don't wait! You can go to their website and register online or you can call them. They need an accurate count to have time to order food and prepare the rooms we will be using." * Registration & payment required by Mon. Aug. 3rd, 2009. After that, registration is closed. (Lest we forget, I missed our 20-yr reunion.)

    Lost & Missing Children need your help... UPDATE! We won 16th place!
    !! -As of Wed 10 June 2009, it's official: We beat both Miley Cyrus and Oprah! Click on: http://tweeterwall.mallplace.com/tw/wall-of-fame and select 'Ms Twitter World' on the bar to the right. (Or click *here* for a screen capture, documenting the moment!)

    In a message dated 5/25/2009 2:08:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, <Lavonda Dolce> writes:

    ...Thanks Gordon for helping me. If you can, I would be honored if you email your friends too:  The more clicks the better. Here is what my friend Teresa is telling her email list:

    My dear Friend...is having a contest on a site called Twitter, she runs a forum for missing kids here in the states. All you have to do is go to this link  http://bit.ly/be9nb and the second place person is her site, (it is the hands with the purple flower) titled @LostNMissing.

    If she could get enough votes she would get exposure to show the faces of children, ederly and loved ones missing and maybe find one that could go home to their family. Would you please vote for her. You don't need to sign up all you do is click on the x mark and it turns to a check mark. She is in second place to a teenager just wanting popularity, when her site and cause is a darned good one, you can vote every twenty minutes, so when you think of it today would you please please please vote and vote and vote and lets see if we can get her number up enough to win. I am begging all my friends, Please for me....With sugar and cream.....lol

    Gordon adds: http://mallplace.com/tweeter-wall/ms-twitterworld is the direct link.

    Strike that! THIS-> http://tweeterwall.mallplace.com/tw/worldwide/elite-ms-twitterworld is the 'new' link. (Contest is over -see above.)
    #1: Click there, and
    #2: Vote on 'LostNMissing'.
       "Just do it!"

    Friday, 06 February 2009: Unemployment Comp Case: Watts v. UAC, et al., No. 08-6939 (U.S. Jan. 12, 2009, US Supreme Court) -is currently pending redermination; the appendix in this cause for the most recent brief is also online. Click here -at the main site, or, alternatively, at the mirror site, here to access the proper folder. The files and folder in question are as follows:
    * Redetermination.doc (The "redermination" request)
    * 08-6939_ts.pdf (the "top side" brief; e.g., the opening brief of petitioner/appellant)
    * 08-6939_tssb.pdf (a "top side supplemental brief")
    * APX/ (the file folder where the appendix documents are kept)
    * Additionally, there are other files "therein" related to this case.
    * Lastly, any lawyers looking at this case and thinking the litigant is stupid, don't laugh for too long: You could be the next victim the court decides to target. (And, knowing the lawyers deal with the courts more than, say, pro se litigants, that is quite possible if not highly probable.)

    In the haste to turn out a story, many news sources make the false claim that “Octuplet Mom,” Nadya Suleman’s children *were* given Bible names, when, in fact, only five of the eight octuplets were. Click here for details.

    Saturday, 21 June 2008 STRANGE BUT TRUE News: Someone, probably a lawyer who frequents Topix.com, caught snooping net about Register editor's Unemployment Comp case. - Gordon Watts, that paper's editor and main (but not only) writer, did a routine check of our web logs and saw unusual activity of a Google.com web search on his recent unemployment comp case (sometimes cited as an example of how judges break their own rules). The writer of "Post #219" on May 8, 2008 by a Winter Park, Florida lawyer, who calls herself "Boohil," is believed to be the person searching for updates on Watts' case. Whether true or not, Watts has posted a copy online (here and here) of the motion for rehearing to satisfy curious readers -and offer support of his claims of judicial misconduct. (Editor's note: The online personality referred to above has, just now, offered this clarification: "I acknowledged (over 6 weeks ago), that I saw a couple of your unemployment comp case filings included in some Google search results (a search conducted a couple of weeks before that discussion). I've conducted no "VERY RECENT" Google searches which would have included any results related to you. There's your clarification.")

    NEW as of Wednesday, 25 July 2006: The Low-Down on Stem Cell research: Neither moral nor practical, so it should not be legal: http://gordonwaynewatts.com/StemCell.html ; http://gordonwatts.com/StemCell.html ; http://gordon_watts.tripod.com/StemCell.html ** Click *_here_* to jump back to the top of the page.


    * Friday, 15 October 2010 - Info on how to combat computer viruses - most of these program are free, including two FREE programs from Microsoft Corporation, a trusted source:

    (Mirror 1: Click here) --or-- (Mirror 2: Click here) --or-- simply do your own research, but these programs are favourites of the webmaster.

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    * Thursday, 10 August 2006 - INTERESTING Star Trek development: I have learned that Star Trek, the original series, has begun production with all new episodes of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, with consulting producer, Eugene Roddenberry, Jr. As some of the original actors have died, there are new actors, but there are also some returning actors as well, including, but not limited to Walter Koenig (Chekov), George Takei (Sulu), and Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand).

    Picking up in the 4th season, where the series' 3rd season left off in 1969, the Five-Year Mission continues. For further details and free download of current episodes, please see the official Star Trek: New Voyages and Star Trek: Phase II websites, and: Click on the DOWNLOADS link to be carried to the EPISODES section.

    For further details, see my official mirror sites: GordonWatts.com/StarTrek -or- GordonWayneWatts.com/StarTrek

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    Monday, 23 August 2004 - OLD NEWS: Gordon Watts misses Class of 1984 Plant City Senior High School's 20-year class reunion: For Details, click: here or here (I apologized for missing my High School reunion.)

    ** Wednesday, 13 February 2008 - Breaking News: Florida Judicial System makes international news: A British newspaper, here, gives an unbiased report of the account. While all the judges seem corrupt, the general trend is that the more corrupt judges are rewarded more and punished less, and the JQC, set up to police bad judges, is even more corrupt. Truly bizarre -but only in America, where the judiciary is in need of reform. The Judicial Qualifications Commission (aka "JQC"), a "Kanaroo Court" set up to police bad judges, which was in The Register news items below, on March 07 and March 15 of 2005, is at it again: This fine story by the St. Pete Times, was kind enough to quote Register editor, Gordon Watts: -Screen Capture Here-

    ** Tuesday, 28 August 2007 - Breaking News: As reported by Ron Branson, of the national Jail 4 Judges site, Nancy Grant, the director of the Florida Jail 4 Judges branch, has been prosecuted for distribution of copies of the constitution to inmates, an apparent violation of her 1st Amendment Rights of free speech to said inmates. Click here for details from their news room.

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    ** Friday, 21 October 2005 - Interesting News: The very dedicated staff at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement apparently visited my personal website here and hit 17 pages about 44 times after I sent them a letter suggesting ways they could improve their forensics labs (downloading about 1.70 MB, with the most recent visit on 20 Oct 2005 - 14:02 pm, EDT). (Their website, FYI, is: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us.) One might speculate that, besides being plain curious, they may have been grateful for me defending them in court and almost winning. (See below.) A little history here is due: We remember the state police were the only honest cops involved in the Terri Schiavo ordeal, but the State Police were the victims of "obstruction of justice" and "political stonewalling" in their various attempts to investigate some abuses alleged in this case. (If you wanted Terri to die, then you might disagree with my personal blog here ;-)

    In any case, while I really hate "political" things -and quite prefer the "quiet life," I was rather incensed at the abuse committed against our honest state police, and went to court to defend Florida's honest state police -and Terri. (I am not a lawyer, and felt a little out of place, but, hey, this is America, and we have the freedom of redress, right?) The "long story made short" is that, while I didn't win, I did better than Jeb, losing my case by a narrow 4-3 margin. (Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush (Republican) lost his case before the same court 7-0, bless his soul.)

    This chapter in my life is closed, and I hope to put my college education to good use doing forensic work in either a police or private forensics lab, and there are several job offers out there of varying magnitudes and nature.

    Whether the state police give me a job in this important field (or not?), we need to keep them in our prayers daily. (I must add, to be fair, that most police officers are honest and diligent most of the time, and (unfortunately) the Pinellas Park City police and county sheriff deputies did not uphold the various state laws on, for example, abuse. In this context, we must pray for the errant police as well as the honest ones: We must pray for our enemies: They need it the most.) Now... the many investigations that the Florida State Police do (ballistics, forensics, DNA analysis, chemical analysis of crime scenes, etc.) are all very important; and, they are understaffed and underfunded -and overworked. (When you are a victim of crime, you will wish you had prayed for these ministers of justice, these messengers of protection. -- OK, back to my "regular" personal blog issues. Have a nice day. -GW



    Monday, 24 October 2005 Record Hurricane Season: Why is this happening? - Three competing theories (Editorial) | Main Mirror | | Alt. Mirror |


    Saturday, 27 August 2005 New link added here with mirrors on mirror: 1 and mirror: 2: News coverage of "Roe v. Wade" lawyer, Sarah Weddington's 03 Apr. '96 visit to FSU's Lecture Circuit and coverage of the 20 Apr. '99 debate held on whether the HIV virus causes AIDS.


    Monday, 02 May 2005 "The Concerned Citizens for Judicial Reform (CCJR) in conjunction with other groups and friends of Terri Schindler-Schiavo has organized rallies in Tallahassee, FL and Washington, DC to take place on May 2, 05 beginning at 9AM EST." For details, please log onto: this PRWeb.com press release; or, if you prefer PDF version (takes slightly longer to download), please click: here. Please note that this rally is TODAY, and is formally scheduled to go from 9am to 5pm, and, if you are going to the one in Tallahassee, word on the street has it that it will start in front of the Florida Supreme Court on 500 South Duval Street, which is close enough to the State Capitol, that there are bound to be participants at both places.


    Monday, 11 April 2005 Headlines: New evidence shows that living wills are not effective: "LivingWillsAndPVS.html" Press Release Here


    Tuesday, 15 March 2005: You are still being asked to help impeach judges involved; details in Monday's Alert below
    Update: Currently, only seven (7) methods exist to save Terri Schiavo:
    (1) EXECUTIVE BRANCH: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is an arm of the Executive Branch, as are the local police, and thus do not need court authority to step in and take custody of an abuse victim. Florida Governor, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, is the head of all law enforcement in the state. Based on past experiences in which illegal and oppressive court decisions have led to civil unrest (Rodney King decision, acquitting guilty police officers) and have also led to civil war (The "Dred Scot" decision of the United States Supreme Court, declaring Blacks to be slaves, which led the United States into Civil War), many voices are calling on the Florida Governor to be a good leader and stop this judge, who has ordered that Terri Schiavo NOT have an autopsy but to be cremated, in a thinly veiled attempt to cover the illicit attempt to perform an illegal euthanasia. He could do this by sending in the DCF to take custody of Terri. State Police could escort the DCF employees to ensure their safety. If local police interfered with the State Police, it is pretty certain that local citizens would defend the State Police and allow the abuse victim to be taken into protective custody; this would prevent civil unrest and avert what many think could spark a civil war.
    (2) JUDICIAL BRANCH: The Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) outlined below, has indicated that it will not be able to meet in time to save Terri, even were it to agree with the premise that the judges involved be removed and impeached.
    (3) JUDICIAL BRANCH: Many suits are outstanding and/or on appeal, so they won't be covered here.
    (4) THE NEWS MEDIA: The "Fourth Estate" is the real power in control, and refuses to expose the illegalities committed in this case, evidence of possible "state controlled" media influence, the "state actor" being the judicial branch and its interests.
    (5) THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: The State House has the Constitutional authority to impeach bad judges. This is rare and difficult, but see below for how you can be a part.
    (0) THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: This is "number zero" - The new laws being proposed on the State and Federal leval are all "zero" because any law passed can be conveniently ignored by a corrupt or "unjust" judge.
    (6) THE HEAVENLY BRANCH: Before we ask you to pray, crack open your Bible and look in the book called "Matthew" and see chapter 25, verses 31-46. The speaker is JESUS, and He is very ticked about the way in which someone had deprived His younger brothers and sisters of some basic necessities, including, but not limited to, food and water, with no mention of feeding tubes -or excuses being accepted. It is the editorial board's interpretation that Jesus is seen telling some bullies to "Go to Hell," in this account. The conclusion that one may draw is that if you pray for Terri to be given basic necessities, then you are pleasing to Jesus, and if you pray for her to be put out of her misery or otherwise deprived, you may end up on Jesus's bad side, so, before we ask you to pray, we direct you to this passage: We don't want Jesus to accuse you of picking on His younger sister, Theresa Schiavo.
    (7) YOU: While we believe God will eventually judge the wicked, He has told contacts at The Register that He will not intervene at this time unless people who have received His blessings act to defend the defensless and then pray for His help: The Almighty's official word on this is that while Terri is not to be blamed for this, it would not be fair to all the other righteous nations for Him to rescue our heroine, Terri, in the same way He rescues their heros of the faith when our nation's citizens have been much more apathetic and lukewarm than their diligent citizens.

    In plain English, The Word of the Lord is that He does not think it is fair for us to expect the same blessings as other, more righteous, nations, if we are lazy. He will eventually rescue Terri, but He is likewise displeased by those who refuse to demand impeachment and removal of unjust judges and other officials at fault -He is displeased with those who only speak of good but do not back it up with righteous deeds:

    Proverbs 3:27 (KJV) "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."

    James 4:17 (KJV) "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."

    "Wanna do good? See below, and then act."


    Monday, 14 March 2005:
    Alert! You are being asked to help impeach judges involved in the Terri Schiavo case. The online petitions method is not working (it is ignored by those who could impeach) -and the "JQC" method, shown here is *NOT* working. The authorities in the JQC say they don't meet in time to impeach Greer and various appeals court judges who persecute and threaten Terri Schiavo -even if the JQC agrees with us that he should go, they tell The Register that their panel does not meet in time to act. THEREFORE, you must invoke Art. III, Sect. 17 of the State Constitution. Please see below --and note the March 07-08 stories for details on how to do. (Time is ticking, and she dies on 18 March 2005 if no one helps, and remember, impeachments actions are both rare and possibly slow, so let's get a move on it!)

    Wednesday, 09 March 2005 PRESS RELEASE: Papers filed today in Schiavo case
    HERE on this GeoCities Mirror

    Tuesday, 08 March 2005 NEWS FLASH: The Register legal committee concludes American Court System in crisis, leads the way to address it:
    After one unnamed office aide to Florida State Representative, John Stargel, informed The Register that there had not been any constituent requests to being an impeachment proceeding (e.g., to "impeach Greer" or any other judge), as outlined in the State Constitution (see story below), it was discovered that the "online petitions" to impeach a judge while a great morale booster, were not being effective to their stated goal -to get rid of bad judges. Therefore, staff at The Register researched the proper method. For any person wishing to impeach a judge, it is suggested that you contact your state representative, as Editor-in-Chief, Gordon W. Watts, has done. Click here for the letter in Microsoft Word 97 format which was sent by conventional postal mail, or here for the letter, in "web page" format, showing what was sent by e-mail.

    Monday, 07 March 2005 David Allen, host of The David Allen Show heard on WJGR: 1320 AM, "The Patriot," Where your opinion counts, has asked The Register to post contact information for Florida State Representatives.
    There have been many misguided attempts to initiate impeachment proceedings against the various judges involved in the Terri Schiavo case. To begin with, the appeal court judges bear even more responsibility than circuit judge, George Greer, because they have higher authority. Secondly, the attempts to impeach many judges has resulted in "online petitions" galore; However, in Florida, there are only two constitutionally acceptable forms of addressing the misconduct of judges. One is through the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Florida Bar erroneously claims here that the JQC is the only body that can investigate judicial misconduct: "Under the Florida Constitution, only the Judicial Qualifications Commission has authority to investigate complaints against Florida judges. Persons wishing to file a complaint should address materials to: Judicial Qualifications Commission 1110 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL 32303 (850) 488-1581" ~ However, THE FLORIDA BAR is incorrect: The Florida Constitution, under Article III, Section 17: Impeachment Proceedings, also may investigate bad judges. Just like the U.S. House impeached former President, Bill Clinton, and the U.S. Senate tried and convicted him, finally imposing a minor reprimand as punishment, the State House may impeach, and the State Senate may try. ~ Therefore, when David Allen became aware of the movement among citizens who are saying that "enough is enough" with respect to judicial misconduct, he asked The Register to post links to the contact information of Florida State Representatives. If you live in Florida, and you want a judge -or a group of judges -impeached, then you are advised to NOT sign any petition -until after you have contacted both the JQC (see above) and your State Representative -via some methods listed below:

    ********** http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/legislators.aspx (The official state site - look down the list, or click the "Find Your Representative" icon in the top right, and enter your zip code.)
    ********** https://mmm1108.verio-web.com/flor54/vpkwritenow.html (This is a private website, and you must trust the website to really send the email. This method is not preferred. Instead, it is suggested you look in the front of your local telephone book for your state representative. Your state senator can not initiate impeachment proceedings in Florida, only your representative; the senate, however, does try the defendants, that is, the judges who terrorize Joe Average Citizen.)
    ********** http://action.csgv.org/legdirectory (This private website is user-friendly. It is suggested that you enter your address, and the site takes you to a page showing who your representatives are.)
    ********** http://action.csgv.org/legdirectory/Index.asp?step=6&state=FL&chamber=003 (This site is similar to the above, but you must sift through the list to find your representative; If you don't know your representative's name, you'd better break out the local telephone book, and look in the "blue pages" in the front, right before the white pages.)
    ********** http://www.nssflorida.org/fl_house.shtml (This site is my personal favorite: The National Space Society provides this contact information for Florida legislators with the stated hopes of people advocating in letter writing activities "in support of space exploration and the nations vision for space exploration." ~~~ Scroll on down in this very pretty page to view photographs and data on your local legislator -if you know his/her name.)

    If you live in Florida and you wish to let your voice be heard with respect to renegade, loose-cannonball judges, then you will at least try to contact your Florida State Representative and the JQC with respect to impeachment proceedings.

    "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke [1729-1797] ~ If you do not make the effort, then by your actions, you have shown yourself to support the highly-paid state judges who will do anything they please to you when you enter their courtroom.

    Friday, 25 February 2005 Florida Supreme Court splits 4-3 on surprise last-minute filing in Terri Schiavo Case
    While many parties have become involved in the Terri Schiavo case, there has been much activity under the radar, not reported by the mainstream press.
    LAKELAND, FL (The Register) Terri Schiavo supporters have been bolstered by a surprise, last-minute filing from an unexpected source...
    Click here for further details.

    Wednesday, 23 February 2005: New filings today in the Terri Schiavo case defy news media who have said that Register Editor, Gordon Watts, does not have legal standing to proceed: While many have made fun of Watts' efforts in court, the Florida Supreme Court has refused to dismiss the Habeas Corpus proceedings brought by Watts, and they have sat in court since late 2003. Due to the recent turn of events in the Schiavo case, many have asked Watts to petition the courts to put his court filings on a fast track before it is too late. Click on the Yahoo!/GeoCities Mirror here for detail of this case.

    Friday the 15th of Oct. 2004: THIS JUST IN: Fla. Dept. of Revenue Guns for Michael Schiavo
    No other news agency gets scoop

    Why did the Fla. Dept. of Revenue do an MSN Search for the court records of Terri Schiavo?

    While it is obvious that A Website tracker has done double caller ID on the Dept. of Revenue --seeing who visited and who referred them --in which they clicked on The Register's home pages and browsed around, what is not so obvious is why. (Hint to the reader: You can take the "204.89.69.44" and the "204.89.69.14" numbers and go to the ARIN Whois database and look up the IP addresses to see who owns them. In this case, the Florida Dept. of Revenue can surf the net on it's block from: 204.89.64.0 to 204.89.127.255.)

    While our investigators do not know for sure, three theories emerge:

    1) The rumors that Mike Schiavo has taken out a hefty insurance policy on his wife, with the intent to deprive her of antibiotics and kill her, and collect, abound, and are discussed right here.

    2) The fact that Mike Schiavo is on record as having violated this felony law, s.825.103 might seem interesting to the Dept. of Revenue --because, while the police have never charge him with this crime, Mr. Schiavo is on record with the Court System as having his award money for his lawyer' fees --and for using Terri's award money for his lawyers' fees. He is permitted under the State Law to use the $300,000 he won for whatever legal purpose he wanted, but since the court orders from the medical malpractice trial jury were for the approx. 700,000 dollars for Terri to be used only on her medical care, this constitutes a first degree felony within the meaning of s.825.103.

    3) The Register's favorite theory is that the class 2 and class 3 felonies committed by Michael, and outlined in this brief posted on this page and also on The Fla. Supreme Court's website, and posted right here may have something to do with it, combined with the fact that Terri is illegally detained at a hospice, when she is not terminal and continually denied retained rights to an attorney and standard medical rehabilitation.

    One thing is certain: Only four people know - Mike Schiavo, his attorney, the Fla. Dept. of Insurance investigator -and God!

    In God we trust. One nation under God. So help me God. God bless the USA.

    God help us!

    Arizona's Dept of Insurance in the news

    Monday, 20 September 2004 -- published 0420am

    The only "big" thing that puts them in the news is that an anonymous reader of The Register reading this story inquired about the proper dept to address insurance fraud in his/her state.

    In this case, the reader would be advised to go to http://www.id.state.az.us, the home page of the Arizona Department of Insurance; Phone numbers include: (602) 912-8444 (Phoenix Area) or (520) 628-6370 Tucson Area --- Toll Free Statewide: (800) 325-2548.

    This should be sufficient cause to put this dept in the news, as The Register strives to be interactive with readers, which, coincidentally, is one of the requirements that Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 mentioned in a recent correspondence as a requirement for featured websites. New: Interesting Website: | http://AngelsOnAssignment.org The classic documentary of an old preacher visited by angels is finally online and at no charge -with a follow up sequel. "It changed my life," says one entranced reader who could not put the book down and alleges that he had to finish it in one sitting. One reader saved it to his hard drive just in case it was not available elsewhere.

    Florida Supreme Court has, for over six (6) months now, refused to dismiss current Habeas Corpus petition (for Terri Schiavo) and Mandamus actions (to enforce felony abuse laws) filed by The Register's mercy chair, Editor, Gordon Watts. Generally, bad cases get dismissed very quickly, suggesting Watts' petitions have merit. See Court Cases links below for details on this case, No. SC03-2420.
    Do the news media and the Pinellas Cty Courts think that Florida Lawmakers were just joking when they made it a 2nd degree felony to deprive Theresa Schindler-Schiavo of standard (non-feeding tube) food and medical treatment under s. 825.102(3), Florida State Law? (If police allowed them to deny Theresa protection of these laws when she was moving around and possibly able to see/hear, what happens to you if you get knocked out cold unconscious -or worse, if you are conscious but unable to speak? "Things that make you go 'Hmm...'.") ~ For a Biblical perspective, see Proverbs 24:11-12; Prov. 31:8-9; and the last several verses of Matthew, chapter 25. See if you can figure out what the two wisest men of all times might be thinking about Theresa's plight, which could be your or my plight if fate so chooses. ~--> NEW: <--~ ~ Points to ponder: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." (Proverbs 29:2, Holy Bible, KJV)

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    This site maintained by Gordon W. Watts, who lost his pro se bid to save Terri by a 4-3 margin in Florida's Supreme Court. Watts' case, SC03-2420, is shown here and a saved copy is here. Florida Governor, Jeb Bush also tried to save Terri's life, and went before the same court in case number SC04-925. Bush's rehearing, unlike Watts', was denied by a 7-0 margin. Watts' experience and ability to speak with some credibility is shown by the fact that he did markedly better in his rehearing before the same panel than Bush. Governor Jeb Bush's case is shown: here and a save copy is here. Mr. Watts is also shown on page 17 of 25 in this Federal Court's opinion: Court Website Copy or Saved copy of case No. 05-11628. Related case here in the Tampa Tribune. Besides these links about me and my involvement, please note that other cool links about other things are on this small personal pege here.


    New: For those seeking to find out what "The Law" has to say about Theresa "Terri" Schiavo, please see one of the better court briefs filed in this case:
    (Web page) Copy on GordonWAYNEWatts.com mirror, here or Copy on GordonWatts.com mirror
    (In Microsoft Word format: 283 KB) Copy on GordonWAYNEWatts.com mirror, here or Copy on GordonWatts.com mirror
    Commentary: Since this brief here is by Mr. Watts, who did better than Jeb, and since Watts claims this court filing was a slightly more updated version of the one which beat Jeb's petition in court, and that he feels it was his best court brief on this matter, we arrive at the "good" quality by this logic.

    New: For those seeking to find out what the Bible has to say about Theresa "Terri" Schiavo: | In Microsoft Word format (best) | In HTML (web page) format | In Text format (smallest file size) |

    Oops! Did the Word document not download properly? I don't know what that is - however, you might try hitting the web servers at The Register, whose links are listed below:

    Visit the alternate site:
    | In Microsoft Word format (best) | In HTML (web page) format | In Text format (smallest file size) |




    Hot News!~~-... SEVEN (7) COOL WEBSITES:

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    Monday, 10 March 2008 - CURRENT News: Three new 'link' resources are being added today.
    **            ** First, my friend, Alan Collinge, has started Student Loan Justice, a Political Action Committee (PAC) representing students before our elected official -get this -with regard to student loans. In case you don't know, many debts (such as credit card debts) can be forgiven by way of bankruptcy, but student loans typically can NOT be forgiven except in these four ways:
    (1) Paying off the loan in full (including interest, which can drive up the total loan greatly); (2) Certain types of volunteer work, military service, or teaching or practicing medicine in certain types of communities; (3) If the borrower becomes totally and permanently disabled; and, lastly, (4) If the student borrower passes away (dies). Huh...? You mean a person who gets in debt through drugs and credit card debt has more bankruptcy protection than students trying to better themselves? Yes, if we are to believe this official 'Stafford Loan' website, which, under its "Circumstances and Conditions for Loan Discharge" header, clearly states that: "(Typically, student loans cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy.) Consult your legal counsel regarding your particular situation."
    The Student Loan Justice "PAC" was, according to the official website (click here), formed in December, 2006. Their PAC provides a counterweight to the big lenders in Congress, who regularly donate millions of dollars every election cycle to our elected officials -no doubt, in hopes of reducing or eliminating "consumer protections" for low-income student borrowers. Alan's organization was featured in a recent CNN story (click here). Their official website is: http://www.StudentLoanJustice.org.
    **            ** Second, Mr. Joseph L. DelGado, a paralegal in the Altamonte Springs / Winter Park area of Central Florida (near Orlando), and one of The Register's readers, is asking for signatures related to Pro Se litigants' difficulties in court. This petition is not like most online petitions: It uses a "real life" signature verification -where you actually sign, so it carries more weight -and is less easily forged -than most "online" petitions. "Pro Se" refers to persons who represents themselves in court -without a lawyer: "Pro Se" definition -See also: www.pro-selaw.org. Mr. DelGado's organization, PEOPLE UNITED FOR LEGAL SYSTEM EQUALITY (PULSE), looks hopeful, since he apparently has 27 years of experience as a paralegal. His petition, motivated in part by personal experiences, can be found at: http://www.gopetition.com/online/11773.html and seeks reform and improvements of the current status of the legal system.
    **            ** Third, another reader, James in Florida, has asked us to give press coverage to Lauren Richardson's situation. At first, The Register was reluctant to do so, because even after intense coverage on Terri Schiavo's situation, not unlike Laura's, it appeared that the power of the press was ignored. However, James' constant efforts on behalf of Lauren, who is most likely not PVS, are inspiring, even to those who have long given up hope that "the system" can be made to work. This writer has viewed clips of Lauren on a Fox Network interview, posted on You Tube, and -from what little can be seen of her -she does not appear to be PVS. Her official website is: http://www.LifeForLauren.org. Additionally, there exists a radio interview about Ms. Lauren Richardson: http://f2a.org/radio/2008-02-12.ram, although the first part of the broadcast deals with other issues. Advance the time-bar to about 22 min 45 sec (total Program is about: 54 min 08.1 sec) to hear this program.

    While this seems to be a "hopeless" case, let us not forget that many others were declared "PVS" or otherwise hopeless -when they were not PVS at all -for example, Kate Adamson, Rev. Rus Cooper-Dowda, mentioned in this St. Pete Times article, and who wrote this booklet and this mini biography. -and Police Sgt. David Mack, just to take three examples. Dr. Ronald Cranford, one of the doctors who declared Terri Schiavo to be "PVS," declared Sgt. Mack to be PVS -and was wrong -as we see:
    "CRANFORD: Yes. Yes, in 1979-1980 in a legal case then. I diagnosed Sergeant David Mack (ph) as being in permanent vegetative state and 20 months later he started waking up and he regained consciousness and I've never been able to explain that case." (Source: CNN Official Transcripts.)
    Last, but not least, we can not forget Terry Wallis, who was declared to be PVS, hopeless, and a long list of many other bad things -yet he proved them wrong. -The moral of the story is "never say 'never'" when it comes to declaring a person to be a hopeless PVS case. --- That's all for now, folks.



    Monday, 04 April 2005 Register editor and reporter, Gordon Watts, has been on special assignment on site at "Ground Zero," the Woodside Hospice, and has traveled to the Federal District courthouse in Tampa, as well as the Pinellas County State's Attorney Office, to continue court action, report, and participate in protests of the various abuses of the disabled patients who, while able to eat and drink, are sometimes denied food and water, not to be confused with feeding tube implements. Staff has been unavailable to update the site but are expected to be back in the office sometime soon. We thank you for your readership and patronization of The Register. (Links to the 2 mirrors are below in the Friday, March 11 alert.)

    Friday, 11 March 2005:
    Alert! You are being asked to help impeach judges involved in the Terri Schiavo case. The online petitions method is not working, so you must invoke Art. III, Sect. 17 of the state Constitution. Please go to The Register's GeoCities Mirror and note the March 07-08 stories for details on how to do. (Time is ticking, and she dies on 18 March 2005 if no one helps, and remember, impeachments actions are both rare and possibly slow, so let's get a move on it!)


    Wednesday, 02 March 2005:
    There is a lot of discussion about my close call at Florida's Supreme Court, in the which I got a 4-3 decision, almost getting intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. Since many people are stunned that I (a non-lawyer) did far better than our state's Governor, who lost on a resounding 7-0 decision, I think this case bears mentioning.

    The "non-profit" newspaper, at which I am editor, has much news on the subject: http://oocities.org/Gordon_Watts32313, the GeoCities mirrors.

    It would be remiss of me to not include a link to the videos of the woman they call brain dead, but others call crippled or handicapped:


    Click on one mirror below to view video - download time depends on connection speed and Internet traffic:
    [Main Mirror | Backup Mirror]

    At the right: Mr. Watts in action at a demonstration for Theresa "Terri" Schiavo, January 07, 2004.

    Florida Supreme Court splits 4-3 on surprise last-minute filing in Terri Schiavo Case
    While many parties have become involved in the Terri Schiavo case, there has been much activity under the radar, not reported by the mainstream press.

    LAKELAND, FL (PRWEB) Friday, 25 February 2005 - Terri Schiavo supporters have been bolstered by a surprise, last-minute filing from an unexpected source...

    ~ Pr Web Mirror: Click here ~ GeoCities Mirror: Click here ~


    If one mirror is down or busy, click on the other. PS: Here's the link to the official website for Terri Schiavo's most immediate family: http://TerrisFight.org

    Click **_HERE_** for links to Watts' involvement in the Terri Schiavo saga -and Education: FSU: I went to The Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated with a double major with honors in Biological and Chemical Sciences. (Go 'noles!) I am class of 2000.
    UEI, An electronics college: Prior to that, I went to United Electronics Institute, now doing business as Florida Metropolitan University. To clarify, UEI was at 3924 Coconut Palm Drive, in the Sable Park region of Tampa, Florida. I am class of 1988.
    High School: For high school, I went to Plant City Senior High School, Plant City, Florida. I am class of 1984. (See pics to the right.)
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    Thursday, 19 August 2004: More Help Needed for Hurricane Charley victims | The Register contacts WFLA, 8 on your side, a Tampa TV station regarding unbalanced coverage of Schiavo matter Tuesday, 17 August 2004: A short "Open Letter to the Governor" Sunday, 15 August 2004 Help needed for Hurricane Charley victims: Click Click here for where to send supplies. Commentary here on "other" types of bad weather in the forecast. Review of Mel Gibson film: The Passion. <-~ CHECK OUT: Info about the star of the movie, Jesus, the only proper role model. The Register get scoop on Jeb Bush reply in 'Terri's Law' dispute. ** Letters to the Editor ** New Allegations of Possible Insurance Fraud by Michael Schiavo Surface: Click Here for story. Thur 29 July 2004: TERRI'S LAW CASE TAKES BIZZARE TURN: Our fearless editor, Gordon Watts, files friend of the court brief, supporting Michael Schiavo. When contacted, Watts had no comment, but asked The Register to issue this joint statement. Documents and updates for this case here. Related: The full statement from the 23 Outraged Citizens -not edited for length | Tampa's AP Bureau's repeated embarrassments to Fla. press corps | The Register corrects Globe columnist Ellen Goodman on what law says




    Suit Challenges Governor's Seat

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    LAKELAND VOTER SAYS STATE DEPT DENIED MANDATORY RECOUNT
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    From staff reports
    LAKELAND, Fla. -- As Governor Bush heads into his seventh month in office, one disenfranchised Lakeland voter says he wants to continue to challenge his legitimacy.

    Bush, popular second-term Florida Governor, easily beat Bill McBride with 61 percent of the vote back in November. Although pre-election polls had him in a tight race with McBride, he held a comfortable lead throughout election night. But still unresolved is a lawsuit filed September of last year by one voter -- Republican Gordon Watts of Lakeland.

    Watts claims the State Department

    Lakeland resident and non-lawyer Gordon Watts filed a lawsuit
    on behalf of himself and other similarly situated Florida
    voters/taxpayers in September of last year.

    broke the state?s mandatory recount law by refusing to grant Democratic Gubernatorial Primary contestant, Janet Reno, a machine recount after she was defeated by less than one-half of a percent. His suit seeks a recount of the votes in that primary. The law requires an automatic statewide recount of the votes when one candidate is defeated by less than one-half percent of the votes cast -- as was done for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential race in Florida.

    Tallahassee Judge P. Kevin Davey refused to grant Watts an ?immediate hearing? as state election law requires, and eventually dismissed the case.

    Reno, now out of the public eye, had tried to obtain a recount but eventually gave up after almost a week following the state?s decision to deny her request. She could not be reached for comment.

    Watts currently has two pending appeals in the First District Court of Appeal and the state?s Supreme Court.

    ?People shouldn't sue judges,? said George Waas, Senior Assistant Attorney General. Waas, who works directly for Attorney General Charlie Crist, is the attorney appointed by the state to represent Judge Davey, who is a defendant in Watts' suit.
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    The other defendant, Florida's Department of State, responsible for counting the state's votes, is represented by Jerry York. York had no comment when contacted by The Register.

    Watts? situation is similar to that of former Vice President Al Gore. Gore, who requested manual recounts in selected precincts, was given a statewide machine recount after he was defeated by less than one-half of a percent. Watts, a registered Republican, claims that the "rule of law" should apply to Reno as well, in spite of the fact that she has given up her request for a statewide recount. ?The law should apply equally to all, whether Democrat or Republican, and she should be given the mandatory machine recount like Al Gore was,? Watts said. ?The State Department obviously thinks that they are above the law and not bound by the rules, but who else will they trample next if left unchecked??

    A survey performed by Watts claims that, with a 2.7 percent margin of error, 93 percent of voters want the election laws followed and news coverage given at any cost or, at the very least, if the costs don?t run into the millions.

    Nonetheless, news coverage of this has been sparse, with press choosing instead to focus on lesser lawsuits, such as the resign-to-run suit against State Representative Kevin Ambler of Northwest Hillsborough County. Even though Ambler had resigned an elected post in the Northdale Special Tax District on October 18, there was news coverage in local television and print media long afterwards, with at least two articles appearing in the Tampa Tribune on October 25 and November 9 of last year. The four Tampa voters, who brought this suit against Ambler, eventually lost and decided not to appeal.

    Watts is also seeking the impeachment or removal of Judge Davey: ?This judge illegally refused me a hearing, and no one is above the law. While most people have forgotten about the election or were unaware that laws were broken, nonetheless, when told of it, most reported that all people should be given their day in court, and that the election laws should be followed -- because violation of voting laws -- or denial of the right to have your grievances heard in court -- strike at the very foundation of America?s principles and hurts everybody.?

    The state House can impeach state judges, and, in certain circumstances, the governor or the state?s Supreme Court can remove a judge from office.

    ?And,? Watts added, ?since most people with whom I?ve spoken want news coverage, I don?t understand why the news media has been so slow to report on this.?

    The case number for Watts? Supreme Court suit is SC03-385, and that of the 1st DCA case is 1D02-5120. Both cases are styled Watts v. The Florida Department of State.
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    FIRST Amendment Rally: Wednesday 07 Jan 2003 & Thursday 08 Jan 2003
    Demanding State Atty Bernie McCabe do his job & Protect Terri Schivo from ILLEGAL Abuses

    Passed along to The Register by an anonymous but trusted source. -Editor

    The volunteers of TerrisFight.org have learned that supporters are planning a demonstration on the steps of the Criminal Court House in Clearwater, Florida to demand that Pinellas County's State Attorney, Bernie McCabe, conduct a full investigation into charges of abuse against Terri Schindler-Schiavo by her guardian. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please join us in peaceful demonstration.

    14250 49TH STREET
    CLEARWATER, FL

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2003
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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2003
    4:00 - 7:00 pm

    UPDATE: A Report on TERRI Schiavo Rally in St Pete / Clearwater yesterday evening Date: 1/9/04 8:59:57 AM Eastern Standard Time
    From: Gww1210
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    Dear fellow-supporters of Terri Schiavo, FYI, here is a brief report on the demonstration / rally we held yesterday evening in St Pete / Clearwater at the Courthouse where State Atty Bernie McCabe works:

    Friday, 09 January 2004
    ** Since my out of state friends have told me they're a little jealous that I live only 60 miles from yesterday's rally, I will give them an update:

    Almost as many people showed up to protest Bernie McCabe as yesterday, a little less media exposure, but different members of the Schindler family were kind enough to come out again and thank us for trying to help out and speak out.

    Brian, a WTVT-TV Fox 13 reporter was kind enough to interview Rev Rus Cooper Dowda, myself, and a third person, a member of Not Dead Yet, whose name I didn't get. My parents, who stayed up late enough to watch FOX 13's 10-O'Clock broadcast said they *did* show footage of the protest and gave some news coverage, even though they did not air the interviews. However, they'll have the interviews as "file footage" for anything they plan to do in the future.

    We got there earlier, stayed later, had more signs, were able to use cardboard to make the signs a little more sturdy and less "floppy," and passed out more flyers. (good) Also, after we got finished picketing &handing out fliers at the courthouse, after it closed at five pm, we moved to the bus stop and continued, picketing, talking to people, and passing out fliers that had the the facts and laws related to this matter. (I gave the Fox 13 reporter one of the newly updated information sheets and told him of my lawsuit and furure plans of more people to continue legal and picketing actions.)

    We had a good time, got to know one another a little better, and hopefully let people know that these abuses and denial of medical treatments &rehab could happen to them, as well as the chance that someone could try to starve them when no one's looking.

    MY COMMENTS: "We need publicity to pressure the 'high people' in government to enforce the law and follow the law, as the current laws, while not perfect are generally good. Otherwise, what happened below (see my signature) could happen here."

    Gordon Wayne Watts

    Map to Location - Signs to Bring - Why this demonstration is so important State Attorney Bernie McCabe has refused to investigate charges of physical abuse against Terri Schindler-Schiavo, a disabled Pinellas County woman - even though a bone scan indicated Terri was the victim of trauma.

    Mr. McCabe has also refused to investigate well-founded allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation against Terri - even though there is evidence which supports such charges and offenses of this nature are felony crimes under Florida law.

    If you are in Florida and can join us in demanding that Mr. McCabe do the job he was elected to do, please be there.

    RALLY! RALLY! RALLY!

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7th and THURSDAY, JANUARY 8th, 2004

    4:00 - 7:00 pm

    WE NEED YOU! TERRI NEEDS YOU! WE NEED BODIES!

    Terri's life is at stake!

    Please Help a Disabled Woman!

    PLEASE BE ON THE STEPS OF

    THE CRIMINAL COURT HOUSE

    PICKET BERNIE McCABE'S OFFICE

    14250 49th Street

    Clearwater, Florida

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    PLEASE MAKE SIGNS!

    PLEASE MAKE STRONG STATEMENTS!

    NO NEED TO SPARE THE WORDS!

    THE DISABLED DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS!

    DON'T RAILROAD TERRI

    INVESTIGATE MICHAEL SCHIAVO

    - He never did CPR!!!!

    - He delayed calling EMS !!!

    - He left Terri FACE DOWN!

    -Terri had stiff neck, multiple fractures, broken bones

    - Terri is responsive!!!!

    - Michael never "remembered" Terri's wishes UNTIL 10 YEARS later!

    MICHAEL HOLDS TERRI HOSTAGE IN A HOSPICE ILLEGALLY

    - when Terri had hypoglycemic shock -- after Michael visits -- insulin was found at her bedside

    *ARREST MICHAEL NOW!

    *VIOLATIONS OF STATUTES 825-102 (3)

    FAILURE TO PROVIDE DISABLED FLORIDA RESIDENT WITH CARE!

    *VIOLATIONS FLA STATUTES 744.3215(1)

    NEGLIGENT GUARDIAN!

    *VIOLATIONS FLA STATUTES 825.103

    MISUSE OF A DISABLED PERSON'S FUNDS!

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    The Recount Lawsuit continues without Janet Reno
    More FLA Elections Problems
    This just in as of Tue. 16 Dec. 2003:
    The Florida First District Court of Appeals has affirmed the lower court ruling. Appeals are planned.

    The Fla. 1st DCA, in the case, Watts v Florida Dept of State, case number 1D02-5120, affirmed the lower court ruling in a per curium decision, without comment or a written opinion. (Browning, Hawkes, and Polston, JJ., concurring) Appealing such cases without opinion is historically difficult, but The Register intends to continue digging for truth and avoid a "catch-22" scenario, where major media avoid coverage without an "upset" ruling - and the court refuses to look at the laws, issue an "upset," without pressure from the press.

    Florida, not known for the wisest choices, even if technically legal, in regards to voting and elections, is hoping to avoid more embarrassment, but The Register believes that the laws are not solely for the rich and connected. Original Story Below:




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    The Register, as all know, is a strongly right-leaning Conservative online newspaper, but journalism requires strict discipline to avoid bias (or even the appearance of bias), and genuine motives to "Be Fair" to all parties. To that end, our endorsements will take a turn for the weird and likely anger all readers (both Donald Trump supporters and Hillary Clinton supports -as well as surely angering all of the so-called "3rd-party" voters, who are fed up with both Democrats & Republicans, who continue to ignore most voters' and our 'Common Sense' requests).

    If we've angered all readers (yes, we probably will anger both you and your "political enemies" -which could be fun to watch while they read our Editorial, in wide-eyed disbelief!), then perhaps this is a sign that we are unbiased -and maybe even close to correct, so here goes nothing...

    Hillary R. Clinton / Sen. Timothy M. “Tim” Kaine (DEM)

    First off, the most 'Liberal' candidate is unarguably former Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton, but she has done many good things, which, to be fair, we will outline at the offset: Clinton, who was brought up as a Methodist, once said that she thought that "abortion is wrong." [sources: "Hillary Clinton’s Moral Conflicts on Abortion," by Myriam Renaud, The Atlantic, Aug 6, 2016 ; "Hillary Once Thought Abortion Was Wrong," by By Ken Blackwell, CP Op-Ed Contributor, The Christian Post, August 4, 2015|6:46 am] She even opposed China’s "forced abortion" & Romania’s "forced pregnancy" polices, according to OnTheIssues, which quotes her as saying: "I went to China in 1995 and spoke out against the Chinese government’s one child policy, which led to forced abortions and forced sterilization because I believed that we needed to bear witness against what was an intrusive, abusive, dehumanizing effort to dictate how women and men would proceed with respect to the children they wished to have. [line-break] And then shortly after that, I was in Romania and there I met women who had been subjected to the Communist regime of the 1970s and ‘80s where they were essentially forced to bear as many children as possible for the good of the state. And where abortion was criminalized and women were literally forced to have physical exams and followed by the secret police and so many children were abandoned and left to the orphanages that, unfortunately, led to an AIDS epidemic. [source: "Hillary Clinton on Abortion, citing the Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College, dated: April 13, 2008]

    Clinton was also once pro-Marriage, and The Washington Post quoted her as follows: 'Clinton said in January 2000 that marriage does not include gay unions: "Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman." She said she would have voted for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, but again said she supported partnership benefits for same-sex couples. Gay groups expressed disappointment in her position.' [sources: "How Hillary Clinton evolved on gay marriage, By Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, March 18, 2013 ; Hillary Clinton's Gay-Marriage Problem: Until 2013, she held a position that lots of Democratic voters now regard as deeply wrongheaded., by Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, June 13, 2014 ; and, "Hillary Clinton on Abortion, which lists her as "Previously opposed; now supports" on "Gay marriage," in the "Issues where Jeb Bush disagrees with Hillary" subheader]

    While "Gay groups expressed disappointment in her position," I do not: Hillary Clinton was correct on both points. First, marriage has historically been defined as 1-man & 1-woman for over 6,000 years. Secondly, Clinton said that "she supported partnership benefits for same-sex couples." She is correct again: While I do not support the Government giving formal 'approval' of any nontraditional marriage (plural marriages in polygamy, child-marriage, Same-Sex marriage, or, even that guy who wants to marry his own computer!), nonetheless, I feel that a person should be able to have "partnership benefits for same-sex couples," and, for that matter, any person, gay or straight: In fact, when the government gives 'benefits' or 'perks' to straight couples, this encourages men & women to marry for purely financial reasons, so, let's do like Clinton suggests here, but let's expand it to *all* people, and give *everyone* a tax-break. (We are over-taxed, and this would be an appropriate solution to "protect gays," while making sure to not put the Government's 'stamp of approval' on any behaviour that is less than ideal, be it being obese, committing adultery & cheating on your spouse, or any non-historic definition of marriage).

    Clinton shines

    Perhaps, Clinton's most impressive accomplishment was a legislative proposal that she advanced when she introduced S.3255 - Student Borrower Bill of Rights Act of 2006, in the 109th Congress (2005-2006), while she was the junior Senator from New York (Sen. Chuck Schumer was the senior Senator). While far from perfect, Clinton's bill was a huge step in the "right direction," as it required the Dept. of Education to vigorously enforce lender verification certificates for borrowers seeking to consolidate loans, limits, on the basis of a borrower's income, monthly payments, additional notice regarding actual interest rates, and (probably, most-importantly) would have amended federal bankruptcy law to discharge certain educational benefit overpayments, repayments, and student loan debt. (What exactly would constitute "student loan debt" is unclear to me: Does this include all student debt, or only private loans? However, something is better than nothing.)

    Hillary Clinton stood tall with honour, as she defended students who were victimised by Predatory Lending. In fact, my good friend, Alan M. Collinge, founder of StudentLoanJustice.org, was a key player who participated in a Clinton conference call with other experts, in advocating reform on this head. However, every since then, things have gone downhill.

    Clinton takes money from (and associates with) foreign interests that persecute women and gays (which should outrage 'Liberals'), and she has "flip-flopped" on abortion and so-called 'Gay Marriage', now supporting both abortion and Same-Sex Marriage (which should outrage 'Conservatives', such as myself), but if she defended the weak, powerless, and helpless "Debt Slaves," perhaps she could retain some respect. However, Clinton - once an ardent supporter of reform in the highly-profitable Predatory Lending system of Higher Ed loans - has now abandoned weak & helpless College Students: Clinton has "talked a good game," yes, but Word: She has not so much as done a thing to actually "help" college students (whether in the Senate or elsewhere -and if you disagree, then show me where I'm wrong). While she is now offering "Free College," I doubt that she is being genuine. I admit that Bernie Sanders' claims that we once had free and/or very-low-cost college are correct, and a good argument: The "Liberals" are right on this point, but we frankly can not afford Free College at this time, since taxpayers guarantee these toxic, predatory loans. Some level of Loan Forgiveness is owed to victims, due to the damages suffered from illegal Predatory Lending schemes & resultant overpayments. Therefore, Loan Forgiveness (or, at the very least, a restoration of bankruptcy rights) -- and then a quick end to the 'College Loan' program -- would probably be more appropriate, and we could go back to low-cost college, DEBT FREE, like we had before the Government "forced" loans onto unsuspecting students.)

    Clinton has abandoned college students -- and I suspect that she was "bought off" by the Big Banks (legally, that is: By Campaign Contributions) - in the same manner that access to the 'Clinton Foundation' was "bought off" by foreign interests, seeking favours & access. Now that I've angered Liberals, I will surely do the same with my right-wing Conservative colleagues, so here goes nothing...

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    Darrell L. Castle / Dr. Scott N. Bradley (CPF)

    Next up - beyond all shadow of doubt - the most 'Conservative' ticket is unarguably Atty. Darrell L. Castle, and his running mate, Dr. Scott N. Bradley (CPF), representing the Constitution Party. (The 'CPF' denotation on Florida ballots stands for 'Constitution Party of Florida.)

    The Constitution Party has a VERY 'conservative' key issues platform and set of principles:

    They are pro-life, support 1-man & 1-woman as the definition of marriage, pro-2nd Amendment, against governmental intrusion via 'Common Core,' and adamantly opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens, and proclaim that "The Constitution Party opposes any extension of amnesty to illegal aliens," and that "The Constitution Party calls for the use of U.S. troops to protect the states against invasion." Their official website quotes the current presidential nominee in a past statement, as follows:

    "The Constitution Party has always been the only national political party to stand firmly against the proposals for a “Pathway to Citizenship/Comprehensive Immigration Reform/Amnesty” that come out of Washington. While many of these schemes by all shades of Republicans and Democrats seek to address the out of control situation of illegal immigration, all fail to address the Rule of Law. [line-break] They [Republicans and Democrats] ignore the fact that illegal immigration is just that: illegal. “It is somewhat analogous to redefining laws against breaking and entering so that those engaging in such conduct would no longer be treated as criminals”, noted Darrell Castle, Constitution Party 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate."

    They also state in their Foreign Policy policy statement, that they oppose not only "UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UNDECLARED WARS," but also "steadfastly oppose American participation in any form of world government organization, including any world court under United Nations auspices." - This is about as Conservative as you can get, right? Wrong...

    However, where the Constitution Party stands truly shines is in its Higher Education policy, which states, in part, the following: "All teaching is related to basic assumptions about God and man. Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious faith. The law of our Creator assigns the authority and responsibility of educating children to their parents. Education should be free from all federal government subsidies, including vouchers, tax incentives, and loans, except with respect to veterans." [Emphasis added in bold-face for clarity; not in original] They state this axiom in their introduction:

    "Since the Constitution grants the Federal Government no authority over Education, the 10th Amendment applies:

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”" [Line-break and italics are in original, and copied verbatim in this small, Fair Use, quote]

    Since the Constitution Party opposes any use of Federal tax dollars for Higher Ed loans, in the first place, their method, if used, would have prevented the Higher Ed Debt Bubble that we presently see -and is similar to the Mortgage Crisis of 2008-2009, except that the housing bubble was mitigated - slowed down - by borrowers who could file bankruptcy, and thus serve as a 'Conservative Free Market' check/balance against runaway Predatory Lending. This "check" was not present in the Higher Ed mess.

    This is, on paper, a "perfect" platform, with absolutely no flaws, in my mind, so I will be voting "Constitution Party," this November, right? Not so quick...

    QUESTION: "Why not?" -- ANSWER: The short answer is the "vote for a 3rd-party" argument, but that does not do the reader justice. The actual TRUTH is very strange: This qualifies as "TRUTH is stranger than FICTION," so here goes nothing...

    In the 2008 presidential election, I was disgusted with both Sen. Barack Obama (DEM) and Sen. John McCain (REP), as both appeared to be tax-and-spend liberals, and so I was going to vote for Dr. Chuck Baldwin, for who was the Constitution Party candidate for president that year. My father told me that "a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote." (Not, not even a vote for the opposing candidate, just a wasted vote.) Also, my cousin, Jason Lee Mattiar, of Plant City, Fla., who was born in 1987, had just begun plans to vote in his 1st Presidential Election. While he considers himself a 'Democrat,' he is pro-life, like me, and urged me to vote for McCain, as no 3rd party "had a chance" of winning. But, I was determined to vote for Dr. Baldwin (whose running mate, that year, was Mr. Castle, the current presidential nominee). However, things just got real: While I was at home, minding my own business, my cousin, Jason, called me on my cell phone. Just as it was ringing, one of my other cell phones (one without "minutes" or any "plan") started going crazy, and "ringing." This freaked me out, and I was very angry at both Jason and my crazy cell phone. (I had "extra" cell phones, which I used to tell time, store my contacts, or, even, in case I needed to dial 911, which is possible from phones, regardless of whether they're on a plan or not.) After I inspected the "non-working" cell phone to see why it was even "able" to ring, it appeared (but I am still not sure) that an alarm had somehow been set, and then gone off. This was bizarre, since I did not even know how to set the alarm on that old "backup" phone, nor do I even remember doing anything with it, other than occasionally looking at it for the time, day, & date. So, why is this all even relevant?...

    ANSWER: Since the phone was not "able" to ring, any 'ringing' of it (phone call, text, alarm, etc.) was impossible - hence, a miracle. Now, the task becomes: If God Almighty is trying to send me "a message," what, precisely, is that message? Well, since both my father and my cousin, whom I trust, said that I would waste my vote on a 3rd-party candidate, then the miracle, if it was one, would only be God "pointing to" someone (or some thing). The only proximal person/place was Jason, as his call and the "angel call" both came in within seconds of one another. So, I inferred the "message from God" to mean: 'Listen to your cousin, Jason.' That I did, and I am still, to this day. Attorney Castle, and Dr. Bradley, with all due respect, unless you have a chance of winning (or, unless I get additional Divine directives to the contrary), I can not waste my vote on your candidacy, but I wish you all the best. OK, I surely angered all my 3rd-party friends (who think we must vote 3rd-party, simply to 'send a message' that Democrats & Republicans must not have a monopoly on elections), and I surely angered my Constitutional right-wing colleagues. Good progress! Moving on...

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    Dr. Jill Stein / Mr. Ajamu Baraka (GRE)

    My good friend, Alan Collinge supports Dr. Jill Stein, of the GREEN PARTY, as an 'Interest' on his Facebook page, and has said that "@RanaForoohar @FT @rooseveltinst @Demos_Org Honestly, .@DrJillStein is the only candidate even close to understanding #StudentLoans crises." [source: https://twitter.com/alanslj/status/760082847449354241]

    In all fairness, she does better than both Hillary Clinton and even business expert, Donald Trump - combined. She supports:

    "Abolishing ALL student loan debt (and free college tuition)" [source: http://www.jill2016.com/fb_ad_student_loans

    But is this really so good? Well, while there is a good 'historical' argument (America had free college in its past, and the best in the world, to boot), and a good 'comparative' argument (Germany, and other advanced nations have free college), we can't afford it right now. But the "bigger" problem is her means of achieving this:

    "Our campaign is the only one that will cancel student debt by creating quantitative easing packages." [source: http://www.jill2016.com/jill_talks_with_connecticut_newspaper

    Did you catch that? "Quantitative Easing" is simply printing up more U.S. Dollars to pay for any new toys. While Dr. Jill Stein's proposed "bailout" of all higher-ed debt would probably be a much better investment than continual "bailing out" of "loser" banks (that keep filing bankruptcy, and begging for more corporate handouts, bailouts, etc.), or "endless wars," Stein's plain is very, very stupid: Endless printing of money devalues the dollar. (Think: If the Fed printed a Million Dollars for ever American, then a Million Dollars would not be worth much, now would it?)

    Besides, while she is to be admired for protecting the environment and animals, she does not care to follow the Hippocratic Oath she took as a doctor, to "do no harm" to unborn babies, nor does she respect the 6,000-years-plus+ of history on the definition of family and marriage. One CAN be "pro-marriage" without hating gays. (In fact, almost ALL right-wingers do NOT hate gays.) I think that I will share this new find (about the Constitution Party as an alternative to the Green Party for Higher Ed solutions) with my good friend, Mr. Alan Michael Collinge, and see what he thinks. (It's not 'rocket science,' but, for what it's worth, Collinge is, indeed, a 'Rocket Scientist,' at least, according to his deep education - which put him deep into debt. Alan is, all joking aside, very smart, and a dedicated warrior in the fight against Debt Slavery.) Dr. Stein, and her running mate, are nice people, but they aren't getting my vote, this cycle.

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    Gov. Gary Johnson / Gov. William Floyd “Bill” Weld (LPF)

    Next "up to bat" are Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. William Weld of the LIBERTARIAN PARTY. While the Libertarian Party is a "3rd-party," this party actually "has a chance" of winning in the general election, as it is "inching up" in the polls. - And, as I self-identify & lean VERY STRONGLY 'Libertarian,' this is a "match made in heaven," right? Let's take a look-see...

    While they cherish the 9th and 10th Amendments, of the U.S. Constitution, regarding "States' Rights" and "personal liberty," nonetheless, a closer look is needed:

    Their platform clearly states, in point 1.5, that: "Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration." Oh, really?

    First off, this contradicts 'Conservative' gut feeling: How would they like it if "States' Rights" were used to make them a slave - or, more to the point, to "abort" them or their loved ones? Would they like it? Of course not. (And, rightly so!)

    However, this even contradicts their own platform, which, at 1.9 Self-Defense, clearly states that: "The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights—life, liberty, and justly acquired property—against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group."

    Did you catch that? Their own platform says that self-defense or "defense of individual rights," such as "life," are OK. Since Gov. Johnson has told the press repeatedly that he is "personally" pro-life, he should accept the biological and legal truth, namely that the unborn baby's life begins at conception, when the sperm and egg unite. Thus, 1.9 supports the use of Governmental (or private) force to defend an unborn child's life, and thus contradicts, annuls, and abrogates section 1.5. (Let me remind the reader that the Constitution Party statement, quoted above, says in relevant part: "who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group," which - of course - would include the Government, key word 'any' to be clear.)

    Also, while I agree with 1.4's statement that "Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals," meaning I do NOT support mistreatment of gays - or anyone - nonetheless, taken to its extreme, The Libertarian Party's position would mandate that the government allow (and thus, tacitly and implicitly support) plural marriage (polygamy), child-marriage, so-called Gay Marriage, and even that guy who wants to marry his own computer!. Oh, really?..

    Does this mean that the Libertarian Party is OK with Muslims and Mormons (and other groups) having men be able to marry, say, ten (10) wives? This, if taken to its logical end, is bizarre. I like Govs. Johnson and Weld, and they would be better than most other candidates (especially regarding fiscal restraint, avoiding endless wars, etc.). - Also, this book (Libertarians Working For You show, on ending college subsidies with Anton Chamberlin) suggests that they are almost as good as the Constitution Party on the higher-ed debt issue, and implying that their 'Education' section applies not just to Public Ed, but also to Higher Ed (college) debt matters, where it says: "Education is best provided by the free market..." (Note to self: Include this little fact when speaking with my friend, Alan, and expert in this area, and see what he says about it.) But, for the reasons mentioned above, Gov. Johnson, and the Libertarian Party, are most assuredly not getting my vote this election cycle.

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    Mr. Donald John Trump / Gov. Michael R. “Mike” Pence (REP)

    That is 4 down, and 1 to go... and this just leaves "one man standing," but should I really vote for Donald Trump, who has a good number of controversial controversies swirling around him at any one time?...

    Well, for one thing, Trump has not clarified precisely how he would eliminate runaway college tuition? Does he support bankruptcy options for college students (as his companies were able to do, even if not himself, personally)? Does he support caps on Student Loan limits, and eventual elimination of the predatory and misguided College Loan "debt slavery" system, as Mr. Castle (and the Constitution Party) would? All this, I do not know... But, I shall try and take a guess.

    First off, let's call it the 'Jason Rule' (see above)... by the Jason Rule, I've proven that God Almighty, Himself, opposes me voting in a 3rd-party race for president (unless they have a chance of winning and are the best choice). - At this time, no 3rd-party has a snowball's chance in Hades of winning the presidential race. - Also, excepting the Constitution Party, which is VERY low in the polls, no 3rd-party is really the 'best' choice, even assuming arguendo that they did have a "fair chance" at winning. - So, this eliminates all parties/candidates, excepting Trump and Clinton. I've already shown Clinton to be a traitor to the middle-class with regard to her abandonment of the College Debt matter. (Translation: SHE wants to be able to qualify for bankruptcy if she needs it, but the 99%, the poor student, can just 'go to hell' as far as she's concerned.) Also, recent revelations show that both Clinton and the Democratic Party are not good at protecting American secrets from hackers (be they accidental errors where Russian hackers get in, due to technological weaknesses, or be they unforced "careless" errors, such as Hillary Clinton using an unsecured, private email server). - Trump, Pence, and the republican party, by contrast, have had no such breaches of security. (But, to be fair, Republicans, as a whole, also do not care for student borrower rights to bankruptcy, as the U.S. Constitution's 'uniformity clause,' requires, in Art.I, Sec.8., Cl.4, which states, in relevant part: "To establish...uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States." [Emphasis added in bold, for clarity; not in original]) -- Would Trump be any different?

    Moreover, most people who have known Trump personally, for years, such as Lynn Patton, a middle-aged African American executive, who had very difficult times, recalls how Mr. Trump, and his family, stood by her, and has not changed her story on Trump's character - or his genuine desire to help both minorities, gays, and national security. Also, NY Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who has known Trump for years, when Trump rebuilt many sections of New York, speaks well of him. By contrast, many people (longtime Clinton friend, Dick Morris, comes to mind) who have known the Clintons for years, do not speak well of Hillary Clinton.

    Furthermore, a Historically Black, Charlotte, NC church, just now endorsed Donald Trump, and went on to say that “Supporting Hillary is like being with an abusive ex, one that you already know left you broken and wounded. At this point, give the new guy a chance.” (Quote: "Her past track record is a great indication that, I don't think she's fit to lead this country - and no other country.") [source: "Historically black Charlotte church backs Donald Trump, by: Jenna Deery, Elsa Gillis, WSOCtv, Updated: Aug 8, 2016 - 9:56 AM]

    In Donald Trump Asks Black Voters "What The Hell Do You Have To Lose?" REACTION From A Black Guy, Anthony Brian Logan, who is Black, asks the same question that Donald Trump asks: "What The Hell Do You Have To Lose" by voting for Donald Trump, after Trump's claims that Democrats have repeatedly failed the African American community.

    For further reading, here are selected Facebook notes, where you can, if you like, weigh in and share your opinion:

    * NORTH CAROLINA: Historic Black church says “Supporting Hillary Clinton is like being with an abusive ex-spouse”

    * Pres. Obama's brother says he's voting for Trump in November Pres. Obama's own brother, Malik Obama, is voting for Donald Trump - And Malik is a Muslim, so if a Muslim is not offended by the so-called anti-Muslim rhetoric from Mr. Trump, why should we be? Besides: Malik is the president's brother, and knows him, and still doesn't trust his brother's request to vote against Donald Trump.

    * Trump has problems, but 10 reasons he’ll probably get my vote... (Actually, far more than 10, but at least 10)

    Besides, Trump may be a bit nutty, but he is NOT dishonest (he tells the truth, even if he hurts your feelings), and, as a rich person who has financed much of his campaign, he is not likely to be "bought off" (in the same manner as the Clinton Foundation took 'donations' from numerous ill foreign interests, seeking access to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton).

    CHILD: “Mommy, why is this happening?” (referencing Nazi shooting them dead?)

    MOTHER: “I was too proud to vote for Trump.” ... proud.... pride... eh?..

    PS: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” [[Proverbs 16:18 (KJV) Holy Bible]]

    ELECTION 2016
    Atty. Darrell L. Castle / Dr. Scott N. Bradley (CPF)
    Sec. St. Hillary Rodham Clinton / Sen. Timothy Michael “Tim” Kaine (DEM)
    Gov. Gary Johnson / Gov. William Floyd “Bill” Weld (LPF)
    Dr. Jill Stein / Mr. Ajamu Baraka (GRE)
    Mr. Donald John Trump / Gov. Michael R. “Mike” Pence (REP)

    For the reasons outlined above, The Register endorses Donald Trump and Mike Pence, for President and Vice President, in the general election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 08, 2016.

    Gordon Wayne Watts, Editor-in-Chief, The Register



    Trump vs. Pride - a mother's answer


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    In Polk, Hillsborough, & Orange Counties, in central Florida, absentee ballots have been mailed out, and early-voting has begun. The Register has reviewed the key races and offers recommendations, but not without surprises. While The Register is known for far-right policies, we have some good things to say about former Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president (see side-pane, to the right), while eventually giving our endorsement to NY businessman, Donald Trump, for the general election, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. While some primaries (such as the presidential election) have already been held, many important primary races are still undecided, and, in particular, there's something for everybody in the Florida Statewide Primary Election, slated to be held in a week, on Tuesday, August the 30th, 2016. Helpful links, in this regard, are the following: PolkElections.org * VoteHillsborough.org * OcfElections.com * dos.MyFlorida.com/elections * dos.elections.MyFlorida.com/candidates * Google.com * Yahoo.com * Bing.com

    U.S. Senator (Florida)

    One of Florida's senate seats, held by incumbent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), is up for grabs.

    Fla. Senate candidates The Democratic Primary (Tue. Aug. 30, 2016) features 5 candidates: Roque "Rocky" DeLaFuente; Orlando Congressman, Alan Grayson; Pam Keith; Reginald Luster; and, Port St. Lucie Congressman, Patrick Murphy. All 5 candidates seem to be moderate to liberal, but otherwise patriotic and intelligent. Luster's website, for example, calls on increased HigherEd grants (good), but it is short-sighted in its promise that he would "Increase U.S. Department of Education funding to purchase high interest rate, private sector student loans." This, of course, would distort the Free Market, inducing college to jack up tuition to match increased borrowing abilities of cash-strapped students. DeLaFuente is vague on HigherEd issues, and Keith does not address them in her website, as of the date of publication. Grayson is mired in a bitter divorce settlement, but he is well-known for his "Co-sponsoring legislation to return bankruptcy rights to Americans struggling with student loan debt." The Register endorses Alan Grayson for the Democratic nomination for Florida Senator.

    The Libertarian Party of Florida holds a primary (Tue. Aug. 30, 2016) for 2 candidates: criminal defense lawyer, Augustus Invictus, 33, and Paul Stanton, 31, a U.S. Army veteran and information technology specialist. Both candidates seem to support the 2nd amendment, oppose foreign military intervention, and both oppose the so-called U.S. Government's "war on drugs," and thus, both candidates appear to be genuine Libertarians, in that regard. While St. Peter's Blog lists Stanton ahead "22-12 percent, with 65.8 percent undecided" in the primary, Invictus has the support of well-known Libertarian advocate, Raquel Okyay, according to his official website and Audio Visual Network News related to refusal to debate and refusal to denounce alleged threats by Charles Peralo, a Stanton supporter. Okyay's concerns appear to be genuine, as she has a good reputation within the Libertarian community, if a tie-breaker is needed. However, The Register withholds formal endorsement in this primary, due to lack of additional information.

    The Republican Primary (Tue. Aug. 30, 2016) features 4 candidates: Manatee County land developer and businessman, Carlos Beruff; Dr. Ernie Rivera, an ordained minister with a Doctor in Ministry in Leadership (in progress); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the incumbent senator; and, Officer Dwight Mark Anthony Young, a former Detention Deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, until having quit to run for Senate. All 4 candidates appear to be genuine Conservatives, with Sen. Rubio getting an impressive 77% Scorecard by Conservative Review, known for it's difficult standards in gauging conservative actions, votes, and stances taken by elected officials. However, with all due respect to the senator, he scores the lowest of the 4 candidates by The Register's review. While all 4 seem to be pro-life, pro-2nd-Amendment, and fiscal conservatives, there is a large amount of daylight between them on other key economic issues. Rubio, for example, has refused steadfastly to cosponsor legislation like H.R.449, which would return bankruptcy to college loans, offering a "Conservative Free Market" check against predatory lending, and resultant tuition inflation that occurs when lenders/colleges knows students have deep pockets to borrow. Beruff's campaign office was polite when The Register inquired, but never returned our press inquiry regarding either the bankruptcy issue (curative) or a proposal to reduce loan limits in the 1st place (preventative, and with the aim to get "smaller government," until the government is out of lending or guaranteeing loans with tax dollars, necessary to prevent another crash of the U.S. Dollar). Rivera was not available to speak with The Register, and his website's HigherEd section linked to the official GOP website, which, while better than average, nonetheless was OK with allowing college loans to continue. To Rivera's credit, however, both he, and Dr. Moses, who was manning his campaign office when The Register called, both seemed to be genuine moral and fiscal conservatives, and Moses, a Th.D. in theology, took time to make an excellent effort to inform this writer. Ofcr. Young, himself, was able to clarify The Register's questions, and assured this writer that he supported allowing college borrowers the same defenses afforded all other borrowers. Young, a Jamaican-American, has done well in integrating into America's culture, and supports "legal" immigration, but opposed "illegal" immigration, rightly opposing others who "jump ahead" of others who were in line earlier to become American Citizens. The Register endorses Dwight Mark Anthony Young for the Republican nomination for Florida Senator, but we give honourable mention to Dr. Ernesto J. "Ernie" Rivera for his excellent track-record in life as a genuine Conservative, whose Puerto Rican heritage and high morals are positive assets.

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    U.S. House of Representatives (Florida)

    There are other races for Congress in the lower chamber (the House, as opposed to the senate) in central Florida.

    The Tue. Aug. 30, 2016 primary for U.S. Representative (Dist. 9) will feature 4 democrats: Kissimmee businesswoman & college instructor, Valleri Crabtree; Dr. Dena Grayson (the wife of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL-9th, who just recently concluded a lengthy and ugly divorce to Lolita Grayson); anti-gov-Rick-Scott grassroots activist, Susannah Randolph; and Fla. State Senator, Darren Soto. All 4 seem to be intelligent and well-intentioned, but Dr. Grayson seems to have the slight edge on intangible, but real, abilities to actually fix the problems for the middle-class. The "coat-tails" effect works in her favour, as we have already endorsed her husband, Rep. Alan Grayson, who is a solid advocate for the middle-class and college student. Moreover, Heavy.com reports that: "[Alan] Grayson Was Married to His First Wife for 25 Years; the Couple Had 5 Children Together." This obvious integrity on his part only helps the coattails effect for his new wife. While they are both surely not as Conservative as we would like, nonetheless, The Register endorses Dr. Dena Grayson for the Democratic nomination in this primary.

    This primary also features 2 Republicans: St. Cloud FL businessman, Wayne Liebnitzky; and, Kissimmee FL, vice-mayor, Wanda Y. Rentas. The campaign websites of both candidates seem vague regarding Higher Education, and this is troubling, as Higher Education is the "backbone of America." (America presently has a "broken back," by this definition.) Both candidates seem to be genuine Conservatives and responsible neighbours; however, this writer, when attending the recent "Puerto Rican" political hobnob (hosted by the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Polk County), saw Rentas in attendance (and Democratic primary opponent, Soto, discussed above), but Liebnitzky was absent. This writer also spoke with Rentas, and while we did not have a chance to go into great detail, she seemed amenable to responsible economic policies in higher education. The Register endorses Wanda Rentas for the Republican nomination in this primary, which is slated for Tue. Aug. 30, 2016, the same day as the above.

    U.S. Representative (Dist. 12)

    U.S. House Dist. 12 candidates Rep. Gus Michael Bilirakis (R-FL-12th), the incumbent Republican congressman; and, criminal defense attorney, Robert Matthew Tager, are the only 2 candidates in this race, slated to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in the GENERAL ELECTION, since, in the Primary Race, both candidates "Qualified" and also were "Unopposed" in the Primary. - Atty. Tager opposes H.R.25, the Fair Tax bill, which Bilirakis supports: This is troubling (since the Fair Tax would simplify the tax system, since the government would have to police only large retailers, and not every citizen), but Tager seems genuine in his attempt to see both sides of the bill: "Some how this just does not seem fairer. Not to mention, I see no tax on the purchase of investments and none on the sale so this is a freebie for the super rich...Anyone who reads this different and interprets it differently, let me know." Source: "Tagerforcongress" on FACEBBOK post This writer is not an expert on the Fair Tax, but one rebuttal to this argument has been that Big Business already gets tax breaks, and so this would do little, if anything, to give the rich additional breaks. Also, neither candidate is clear on HigherEd economic policy. Republicans are traditionally more reluctant to support bankruptcy for college loans (which is bad, since Bankruptcy is a 'Conservative Free Market' check against predatory lending), but Democrats are typically more willing to allow huge College Loan Limits to increase (which is dangerous, as this induces skyrocketing tuition inflation). The Register withholds endorsement of either candidate pending further investigation of both the Fair Tax and the HigherEd issues. NOTE: This race will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, in the GENERAL ELECTION, since, in the Primary Race, both candidates "Qualified" and also were "Unopposed" in the Primary.

    UPDATE on Wed. 24 Aug. 2016 - Mr. Tager provided The Register with a detailed answer to clarify his views on the "Fair Tax" matter, yesterday, and I'm just now updating this news item. Click here to see his reply, corrected only for spelling, format, etc., and with minimal editorial comments to define terms. He has said he needs more time to study the HigherEd matter. Rep. Bilirakis' office was good enough to take our questions, but they have not replied as of press time. ~Editor, Gordon W. Watts

    U.S. Representative (Dist. 13)

    This race features 2 Republicans [Mark Bircher and incumbent Congressman, Rep. David W. Jolly (R-FL-13th)] in a primary, held Tue. Aug. 30, 2016. The winner will face former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee, in the general election on Tue. Nov. 8, 2016.

    U.S. Representative (Dist. 14)

    This race had no primary challenges, and thus, incumbent Congresswoman, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14th) will face Republican challenger, Christine Quinn, the Democratic nominee, in the general election on Tue. Nov. 8, 2016.

    U.S. Representative (Dist. 15)

    U.S. House Dist. 15 candidates In District 15, there this writer lives, Lutz businessman, Jim Lange, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman, Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15th). Since neither drew primary challengers, they both get a first-round "bye" and sit out the primaries. They are on the general election ballot, scheduled for Tue. Nov. 8, 2016. Both are fairly conservative on key issues, with Lange being vehemently opposed to partial birth abortion, even if a bit less opposed to abortion as a legal right. Lange, an expert consultant in the private sector, is also fiscally conservative, and supports the aforementioned Conservative solutions to the higher education Bubble mess, including bankruptcy for college loans. Lange is also very concerned with excess spending in our budget, which makes him a tough challenger for Ross, in POLK County's District 15, a 'Red State' right-leaning Conservative district. Ross, while he has espoused support for bankruptcy options for college loans (curative) and reducing obscene college loan limits (preventative), has yet to act upon these beliefs by introducing or cosponsoring bills to this effect. Both candidates appear very Conservative to this writer on many key issues. Both men are truly men of integrity with excellent listening skills, genuine integrity, and decent respect for all persons, whether poor or rich, straight or gay, and either would be responsive to their constituents; but, in a 1-position race, only 1 person can win the office: While Lange is not as 'Conservative' as this writer would like him, he is close enough to Ross that the higher-ed issue will be a referendum (read: tie-breaker) as to which way this writer will vote come November, and regarding editorial endorsements whereof. See the front-page news of The Register for further details on this issue.

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    State Attorney (Cir. 10)

    Brian Haas, a Republican candidate for this partisan office, to replace POLK County, State Attorney, Jerry Hill, who is retiring, ran unopposed, and is considered "automatically elected" by Florida State Election Law.

    State Attorney (Cir. 13)

    State Atty. Mark Ober, the Republican incumbent in this race, will face Andrew Warren, the Democratic challenger in the November general election, as neither drew primary challengers.

    Public Defender (Cir. 10)

    Public Defender, Rex Dimming, the Republican incumbent in this race, will face Democratic challenger, Flora "Tonya" Stewart, in the November general election.

    Public Defender (Cir. 13)

    State Atty. Julianne M. Holt, the incumbent Democrat, was unchallenged in her bid for reelection as 13th Circuit Public Defender.

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    Fla. State Senator (Dist. 10)

    The Aug. 30, 2016 primary for this race features 4 Democratic challengers, Edwin "Ed" Narain; Betty Reed; Augie Ribeiro; and, Darryl Ervin Rouson. The winner of that race will face John "Mr. Manners" Houman, the Republican candidate, in November.

    Fla. State Senator (Districts 20, 21, and 26)

    Republicans, Tom Lee, Bill Galvano, and Denise Grimsley all ran unopposed in these races, respectively, and are considered automatically elected to office.

    Fla. State Senator (Dist. 22)

    Fla. Senate Dist. 22 candidates Republican incumbent, Sen. Kelli Stargel, will face Democratic challenger, Debra S. Wright, in the November election, and both will sit out the primaries next week, as neither drew a primary challenger. This writer has known Senator Stargel for years, since he lives in her Senatorial district, and was also a constituent when she was in the State House of Representatives. This writer also got to speak with Ms. Wright at the recent "Puerto Rican" political hobnob (hosted by the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Polk County), and Wright was kind enough to confirm that she was not only totally pro-life but also totally pro-marriage. (I.e., while we most certainly don't hate gays, many of us are against so-called 'Gay Marriage.) I add this to clarify a popular misconception: Many Democrats are, indeed, very, very Conservative, and this is important for them to share with voters, especially in the right-leaning Polk County region of Central Florida. While Wright felt that she could be more responsive to constituents, she said that she agreed with some of the legislative acts that Stargel had done. This writer found both of them to have excellent communication skills and willingness to listen and act. Both candidates seem qualified to represent Polk County in the Fla. State Senate, and so The Register will withhold formal endorsement in this race.

    NOTE: The Register is not providing details or endorsements in all races, as a practical matter of limited time/money/energy resources, for the sake of brevity. The reader is encouraged to study the candidates and issues in your races, and obtain "Sample Ballots" from your polling place to aid you in so-doing. ~Editor, Gordon W. Watts

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    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 39)

    Incumbent Republican, Rep. Neil Combee, will face Democratic challenger, Victor Sims, in the general election in November, as neither drew a primary challenger.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 40)

    Fla. House Dist. 40 candidates Republican incumbent, Rep. Colleen Burton, will face Democratic challenger, Dr. Shandale Terrell,, in the November election, and both will sit out the primaries next week, as neither drew a primary challenger. This writer has known Representative Burton for years, since he lives in her state house district, and is, therefore, a constituent. This writer got to speak with Dr. Terrell, who has a Doctoral Degree in Education, at the recent "Puerto Rican" political hobnob (hosted by the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Polk County), and he was kind enough to confirm that he was not only totally pro-life but also totally pro-marriage. (I.e., while we most certainly don't hate gays, many of us are against so-called 'Gay Marriage.) However, unlike Ms. Wright, Dr. Terrell informed me that he reluctantly supported the so-called "Gay Marriage" ruling which the Supreme Court recently handed down, even though Dr. Terrell was adamantly against the moral concept of 'Gay Marriage,' itself. When I asked him why he supported so-called 'Gay Marriage,' even against his moral beliefs, Terrell he said that he felt that, in this political climate, this was the only way to prevent gays from being mistreated. While I would have taken a different route (one that did not formally offer Government endorsement of gay marriage), nonetheless, I whole-heatedly agree that we must fight tooth-and-nail to prevent gays (and, for that matter, anyone) from mistreatment, bias, or hatred. I add this to clarify a popular misconception: Many Democrats are, indeed, very, very Conservative, and this is important for them to share with voters, especially in the right-leaning Polk County region of Central Florida. This writer found both Burton and Terrell to have excellent communication skills and willingness to listen and act. Both candidates seem qualified to represent Polk County in the Fla. State House, and so The Register will withhold formal endorsement in this race.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 41)

    Bob Doyel faces Nicolas Garcia in the Democratic Primary for this race. Charles Davis faces Sam Killebrew in the Republican Primary for this race. The winner of each primary will face off in the November general election.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 42)

    Mike LaRosa (REP) and Benny Valentin (DEM) were both 'Unopposed' in their primaries, and they will sit it out until they face off, in the November general election.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 56)

    Rep. Ben Albritton, the Republican incumbent, will face David C. Poulin, the Democratic challenger, in the November general election, as they both were unopposed in the Primaries.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 57)

    Jake Raburn (REP), the incumbent, was unopposed and is considered automatically reelected.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 58)

    Republican incumbent, Rep. Daniel D. Raulerson, representing Plant City, FLA, in the state house, will face Democratic challenger, Jose N. Vazquez-Figueroa, in the November general election, as neither drew primary challengers.

    Fla. State Representative (Dist. 59)

    Rep. Ross Spano, the Republican incumbent, who had no primary challenger, will face the winner of the Democratic primary race between Democrats, Rena Frazier and Naze Sahebzamani.

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    (Fla. State) Supreme Court Justice

    Florida State Supreme Court Justices, Charles T. Canady; Jorge Labarga; and, Ricky L. Polston, will be up for a "retention" vote in this nonpartisan race, as will numerous state appellate court judges, in the 5 State Appellate Courts.

    County Judge Group 4 (Cir. 10)

    Incumbent Judge, Mary Catherine Green; and, Polk Attorney, L. Mark Kaylor, were set to face off in this race, but Kaylor dropped out, making Green the automatic winner. You will receive the following notice if you try to vote: "NOTICE: A candidate in the race for the office of County Judge Group 4 has withdrawn. A vote cast in this race will not change the outcome."

    County Judge Group 8 (Cir. 10)

    10th Cir., Fla. Group 8 Judicial Candidates Long-time, incumbent Judge, Susan Lee Barber-Flood faces former assistant state attorney, Carson Bassett, who currently is a Geico (insurance company) lawyer, in the civil litigation division. This may prove to be the most interesting race of the election. The Ledger had previously reported that "The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Polk County Judge Susan Barber Flood should receive a public reprimand for her relationship with her courtroom bailiff, James "Bubba" Maxcy III." [source: 'Court: Publicly Reprimand Polk County's Judge Susan Barber Flood: Justices call Flood's "inappropriate relationship" with bailiff "unacceptable",' By John Chambliss, THE LEDGER, Published: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.]

    While a close friendship (in this case, a romantic relationship) with an employee -over whom the judge exercises supervisory authority- is clearly inappropriate, nonetheless: it would not be a "Federal Matter" (or preclude her from serving) if the judge avoided ruling on any case where the employee was in court. And, while "bias" is a legitimate complaint, it was a one-time offense; therefore, so long as judge removed herself from being his boss (one of them would have to 'transfer' or quit), and if she then apologised (which she did in her Supreme Court review), we don't see why she should be fired or forced to step down.

    However, The Ledger went on to report that "Maxcy retired from his job with the Polk County Sheriff's Office in November 2013, citing a medical condition," and that "[Circuit Judge Beth] Harlan [who was accused of approving false time cards for her judicial assistant, Alisha Rupp, who had reported the romantic relationship between Barber and Maxcy] retired March 26 in exchange for prosecutors dropping criminal charges against her."

    It gets worse: The Ledger also reported that "A complaint filed with the Florida Elections Commission states that county judge candidate Carson Bassett violated state statutes when his wife attended a fundraiser for State Attorney candidate Brian Haas in April," in what some called a disguised attempt to evade Florida Statute 105.071, which prohibits partisan political activities from judicial candidates, but Brock Mikosky, Bassett's campaign manager disputed this, claiming that Carson wasn't even a "filed candidate" for this position when the invitation went out and that "He had nothing to do with the formation of the host committee or the distribution of the invitation." [source: 'Complaint filed against Polk judge candidate with the state elections commission,' By John Chambliss, The Ledger, Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 9:59 p.m.] Nothing sustentative ever came of this, and the campaign progresses: The Ledger just reported that: "The Florida Elections Commission has rejected a complaint that county judge candidate Carson Bassett violated state statutes when his wife attended a fundraiser for state attorney candidate Brian Haas in April." [source: 'Election 2016: County Judge — Complaint against Bassett rejected: Elections Commission says it does not have jurisdiction over judge's races,' By John Chambliss, The Ledger, Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 9:26 p.m.]

    To further complicate matters, "A prominent Lakeland lawyer [Ron Clark, a founding partner of Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson] has sent a letter to some circuit and county judges in Bartow asking them to contribute money to the campaign of Carson Bassett, a candidate for county judge," according to The Ledger: "Lakeland lawyer mistakenly sends letter asking for campaign donations to judges," By John Chambliss, The Ledger, Published: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:33 p.m. This was a mistake on the part of Clark, and all parties admitted that Bassett had nothing to do with this: Clark reported that he instructed an assistant to send "the letter to 1,000 friends whose addresses he has saved for events he may hold, such as barbecues," but which should not have included judges, who are not allowed to participate in political events or give endorsements, such as to Bassett's candidacy.

    But the alleged misconduct didn't stop there: While the final investigation did not prove any sexual relationship had occurred, as some accusers had alleged, nonetheless, Judge Susan Barber-Flood almost certainly lied to investigators about alleged conversations with four (4) other judges:

    '"Several circuit judges recalled speaking to Flood because they were concerned about her behavior, investigators wrote, but Flood denied any judge had come to her with concerns. [line-break] "Either Judge Flood is being dishonest or four circuit judges conspired to concoct a story that they were each concerned about Flood's behavior — something that is just not believable," the report states.' [source: "State Attorney Criticizes Polk Judges After Investigation," By JASON GEARY, THE LEDGER, Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.

    Barber-Flood also took a peek into confidential files, an action that may constitute a violation of State Laws and/or professional codes of conduct:

    "Flood was unaware she was being video-recorded in her interview, and the report states she was recorded getting up during a break and looking at the "confidential case files" of an investigator who had been questioning her," The Ledger reports. '"It has often been said that character is what we do when we think no one is looking. … The judge's actions speak volumes about her character and it exemplifies how she handled the issues surrounding the investigation," the report states. [line-break] "She ignorantly thought that as a judge, she was free to do what she wanted, when she wanted and believed that others should not be concerned with her conduct and actions. She seemed unconcerned and indifferent about the respectability of her behavior."' Ibid.

    These allegations were backed up by Tampa Bay's WFTS-TV-28, ABC Action News: '"At one point during the interview with investigators, Judge Flood is caught on camera looking at confidential documents when the others leave the room. [line-break] "She ignorantly thought that as a judge, she was free to do what she wanted, when she wanted and believed that others should not be concerned with her conduct and actions," [POLK COUNTY, State Attorney, Jerry] Hill wrote.' [source: " Polk judge arrested, while another is accused of "inappropriate behavior" with bailiff: Judge Susan Flood admits to kissing bailiff," by Ryan Raiche, ABC Action News (WFTS-TV-28), POSTED: 7:37 PM, Sep 16, 2013; UPDATED: 4:24 PM, Mar 4, 2015. Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed -except as permitted by FAIR USE, for research, commentary, etc.]

    In all seriousness, this writer thinks both candidates are probably qualified to be a judge, and, indeed, the 'experience' argument is bandied about by some to support Barber-Flood's candidacy for reelection in a rare challenge to her seat. However, some critics have a point being concerned about this argument: Should we have left Pres. Nixon in office (during the infamous 'Watergate' scandal) due to his "experience?" - Oh, really?

    Lastly, when I (political writer, Gordon Watts) got a chance to interview both candidates at the recent "Puerto Rican" political hobnob (hosted by the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Polk County), I asked Bassett why I should vote for him, and he informed me that Barber peeked at confidential files, apparently not enough to get her arrested, but certainly enough to raise the ire of State Atty., Jerry Hill, whom I've almost never known to go after the 'Establishment' types (as is sitting-judge, Susan Barber). However, I had not had the benefit of seeing the ABC or Ledger news reports. When I asked Barber about the allegation that Bassett made regarding her peeking into the files, she informed me that I was misinformed. Later investigation found that she had tried to deceive me with her answer. Granted, it is possible she may have misunderstood me - but I did not misunderstand her: she could have as easily admitted the truth. That she did not.

    10th Cir., Fla. Group 8 Judicial Candidates Am I making too much hay over being lied to once? I don't know, but how would you like to be lied to? She was on shaky ground after calling four (4) sitting judges liars, and this after the courthouse affair (which I think has been overblown by nosy outsiders - a mistake on her part, but not necessarily a disqualifying mistake). She made repeated mistakes, four (4) mistakes, by my last count (1.inappropriate relationship ; 2.calling four judges liars ; 3.peeking into confidential files ; and, lastly: 4.herself lying to my face: This sitting judge lied to my face when she said that I had been misinformed in response to my question about Bassett's comments to me that she peeked into a file. - I have my doubts, it's safe to say, about her qualifications.

    Based on the foregoing, The Register endorses Carson Bassett for the 10th Judicial Circuit (Polk County), County Judge Group 8. But, as human as Judge Barber is, many of us might have 'peeked' into a file that had our name on it; and, so we should not be too harsh on her, in our thoughts, words, or deeds. "However, a line was crossed when she lied about 4 other sitting judges, and then lied to to my face about about her curiosity to peek into the forbidden file." (Editor, Gordon W. Watts, speaking for himself)

    County Judge Group 3 (Cir. 13)

    In the 13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County), another nonpartisan race to elect circuit judges, Robin Fernandez Fuson and Carl Hinson face off in the primary election.

    County Judge Group 24 (Cir. 13)

    In Group 24, another 13th Circuit judicial race, Isabel "Cissy" Boza-Sevelin; Gary Dolgin; Melissa Polo; and, Lanell Williams-Yulee compete for your vote this primary election.

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    Sheriff (Polk County)

    In the nonpartisan race for Sheriff in Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd, the incumbent, faces, Michael Lashman, who qualified as a Write-In candidate. Both men have work experience in Law Enforcement.

    Sheriff (Hillsborough County)

    In the nonpartisan race for Sheriff in Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff David Gee, the incumbent, will apparently be reelected automatically: As of press time, his only potential opponent, Kevin S. Carrier, appears to have not qualified to run.

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    POLK County Commissioner District 3

    Bill Braswell and J.C. Martin, both Republicans, face each other in a Primary, which will be held on Tue. Aug. 30, 2016, but, unlike most other primary races this day, all voters will be allowed to vote: since no other parties put forth a candidate, this will be a "Universal Primary Contest," and open to all registered voters in this district. Due to a recent change in the Fla. State Constitution, Florida, which is normally a "closed-primary state," will allows all voters to participate in this primary. Both candidates are genuine Conservative Republicans and appear qualified, but J.C. Martin gets the nod, as there is an intangible outsider, anti-establishment quality. The Register endorses J.C. Martin for County Commissioner.

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    POLK School Board Member District 1

    POLK School Board Dist. 1 candidates Hunt Berryman, the incumbent; Dr. Franklin Edward "Mr. Ed" Shoemaker; and, Billy Townsend, a former Ledger assistant News Editor, are vying for this school board position. All 3 candidates seem qualified, but Townsend takes issue with the incumbent for alleged lack of oversight in the recent incidents related to former Superintendent, Kathryn LeRoy, which eventually resulted in her being replaced. Moreover, Townsend's campaign was recently seen with a huge banner sign on S. Fla. Avenue in south Lakeland, and then this writer discovered a small business card on his vehicle after a trip to the local southside Wal-Mart. While some may find this annoying, I (speaking only for myself) was impressed with the efforts that Townsend has put into his campaign. (And, he had a huge billboard to explain various tests that he claimed were excessive, in his speech at the Polk hobnob, discussed above.) Townsend has an intangible extra quality of effort & momentum, and would no doubt keep a watchful eye on the district (and has said he is OK with testing, so long as it is productive and not overdone), but Dr. Shoemaker, who has just recently completed his Ph.D in Psychology, and is a well-liked counselor, gets the nod: Ed has been a veteran of many political races, often running as an underdog or 3rd-party candidate. Not only has he, too, put in an impressive effort, but he has paid his dues, and gained much-needed experience for this often difficult job. The Register endorses Dr. Franklin Shoemaker, Ph.D. (aka Mr. Ed) for this school board position.

    POLK School Board Member District 2

    POLK School Board Dist. 2 candidates Rev. Ronnie L. Clark; incumbent, Lori Cunningham; Dr. Tim James; and, Dundee, Fla. businessman, Kevin J. Kitto, are are all 4 competing for this position. All four seem very qualified. Cunningham, the incumbent, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from USF, among other accomplishments. Dr. James, superintendent at New Direction Academy, a state-certified private school in Haines City, Fla., has his doctoral degree in education from Northcentral University. Kitto feels that he can use his business skills to keep the Polk School system running smoothly. However, Rev. Clark, who presides over Hurst Chapel AME Church, in Winter Haven, Fla., gets our endorsement: Not only has Clark previously been a school board member, but he seems to have the most compelling case: He has his Bachelor of Science in Education from FAMU, and he is working on his Masters in Theology at Payne Theological Seminary. More-importantly, Clark, who spoke with this writer, has excellent speaking & listening skills, and a solid grasp on deep theological subjects. But the most impressive things was the fact that Clark didn't mind discussing subjects (such as theological issues) that were undoubtedly a bit off-topic. He also has an impressively good grasp on the predatory lending system that will face his Polk School students once they reach higher education. As stated earlier, all the candidates seemed motivated & talented, but there can be only one: The Register endorses Rev. Ronnie Clark for this school board position.

    POLK School Board Member District 4

    POLK School Board Dist. 4 candidates The POLK County, Fla., Dist. 4 School Board races features 4 qualified candidates: Sara Beth Reynolds; Rebekah Ricks; County Commissioner, Ed Smith; and, Becky Troutman. That seat is being vacated by Dick Mullenax, who is currently serving his second four-year term (which expires 11/14/16) and is unable to run again because of term limits. Reynolds is a recent graduate from U.F.'s College of Journalism and Communications, has participated in many civic activities related to public education, and seems motivated & sincere. Ricks is a homeschool teacher and founder of The Homeschool Connection, which provided a physical location for teachers to tutor students. Troutman, a local businesswoman, is a school psychologist, and has public-ed experience, as a teacher and guidance counselor. Smith is a current Polk County Commissioner, and would no doubt try to "streamline government, create efficiencies and consolidate efforts without comprising service," in the school system, like tries to do in his current job. All 4 candidates are qualified, and a slight edge might go to Smith, who will have free time when his current job ends this November. However, Ricks' appearance as a higher-ed advocate is bolstered by her husband, whom this writer knows somewhat: Since he is known to be a genuine Conservative in all regards, the "coat tails" effect, here, effectively breaks the tie. This "non-traditional" means of breaking a tie is not without support from the actual record: Rebecca Ricks not only tutors students, but has also been a therapy aid to special needs children; has also done volunteer work for a local juvenile detention centre; and, with 15 years of experience as a teacher, Ricks has a solid Public Education record. All 4 candidates are solidly qualified, but the edge goes to Ricks: The Register endorses Rebekah Ricks for this school board position.

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    Lake Region Lakes, Management District Seat 2

    L. Tracy Mercer and Mark Remmel are competing for this nonpartisan position. [Note: Only voters who live in the Lake Region Lakes Management District can vote in this race.]

    "Constitutional Amendment:
    Article VII, Sections 3 And 4
    Article XII, Section 34"

    Yes
    No

    Solar Devices or Renewable Energy Source Devices; Exemption From Certain Taxation and Assessment Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of such devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2037.

    This would add a section to the Florida State Constitution to exempt taxation on the increased value that solar devices would add to personal property. (In other words, the tax assessor would have to treat the assessment as if the device did not exist.) This is good in 2 ways: First, it removes a penalty from those who would 'go solar' to protect the environment. Secondly, we are taxed way too much, as it is. The Register strongly recommends a 'Yes' vote on this popular proposed amendment.

    REPUBLICAN State Committeewoman

    Debbie Hannifan; Linda DeLozier Ivell; and, Tonya A. Sharrett-Shoemaker are running for this partisan position. Only registered Republicans can vote in this race. All three (3) candidates seem very qualified and genuine Conservatives. Hannifan's online posts suggest that she is strongly supportive of Conservative and Republican candidates, and is, herself, a true-North conservative. This writer personally knows Ivell, a local realtor, and knows of her dedication and commitment to making sure we do our job down to the fine details. I do not know Sharrett-Shoemaker, but I do know her husband, Dr. Ed Shoemaker. While Shoemaker may lack a bit of experience in political matters, I trust that she is a genuine Conservative. This is yet another example of the "coat-tails" effect, reputation by association, where Shoemaker benefits from her husband's good name & reputation. Shoemaker also has public-ed experience as a school teacher, which suggests that the coat-tails-effect tie-breaker is not without justification. While all 3 candidates are qualified, there can be only 1: NOTE: This race, and the one below, will both be on the Primary, not the general, election ballot. The Register endorses Tonya A. Sharrett-Shoemaker for REPUBLICAN State Committeewoman.

    REPUBLICAN State Committeeman

    J.C. Martin and Dr. Ed Shoemaker, both of whom are concurrently running for other positions (risky in the view of some, as it may be too much work) are also running for this partisan position. While both are certainly qualified, Dr. Shoemaker has the slight intangible edge in outsider, anti-establishment quality. The fact that his wife, Tonya, is also politically-involved, has a 'coat-tails' effect on his reputation, as well, giving him another slight, additional edge. The Register endorses Dr. Ed Shoemaker for REPUBLICAN State Committeewoman.

    NOTE: In "Primary" day races in which there are 3 or more candidates seeking a nonpartisan position, the winner will be the person who gets a majority (at least 50% 'plus 1') of the vote. If no candidate receives the required "50% + 1 vote," a runoff election will be held on the General Election ballot. - Now, study the candidates, the issues, get plenty of sleep, and then go out and vote: Someone paid the price for this privilege. ~ Gordon Wayne Watts, Editor-in-Chief, The Register

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    ADDENDUMS:

    Below is Mr. Tager's response to my press inquiry about his views on the 'Fair Tax' and on the Higher-Ed issues discussed herein regarding his race for U.S. Representative (Dist. 12) against incumbant, Rep. Gus Bilirakis:

    In a message dated 8/23/2016 11:41:54 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, {Robert Tager} writes:

    When do you need a response by? I appreciate your credentials and your openness on your conservative views. I am asking about when you need my response by because I would like to provide you with a full answer and why the rationale, that businesses already get all the tax breaks, is incorrect. I am not against the entire bill. I can see the benefits of a flat tax, one that is fair. Please let me know when you need my response.
    Thank you
    Tager

    In an undated response by Facebook, he clarified as follows:

    Gordon Wayne Watts I understood that was not your rebuttal, but rather the rebuttal of the supporters [of the fair tax]. Just because it cuts red tape, does not make it good. I can find a way to cut the red tape from the IRS, simplify the tax code, and make it so the government collects the revenues it needs. It is not hard but there must be courage enough by everyone else to stand up to the special interests.

    And, he followed up with a "regular" email:

    In a message dated 8/23/2016 1:47:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, {Robert Tager} writes:

    First let me say I do not oppose modifying our tax system, and I am not opposed to a flat tax. My objections to this bill are several. First, In response to the following , "This writer is not an expert on the Fair Tax, but one rebuttal to this argument has been that Big Business already gets tax breaks, and so this would do little, if anything, to give the rich additional breaks" I say this:  The  rebuttal fails because it presupposes that the Big Tax breaks given to "Big Business" and the "rich" are good for the economy, middle class, and the Country. If big tax breaks for Big Business and the Rich created jobs, as supply side economics, (a/k/a trickle down economics, voodoo economics), claims, [then] we would be a booming country right now. Look at where we are. Profits are at all time highs, Profit margins at all times high, CEO and Executive Salaries at all time highs, big business's are sitting on the largest pile of cash on hand as any time in history. Tax breaks are not needed for corporations to create jobs. They have plenty of cash. Interest rates are the lowest in history, and financing expansion is easily affordable. Financing is great because debt on company books has traditionally been seen as good and as a means of cash flow control, maximizing profits, as the interest is deductible, and they can keep their cash on hand to take advantage of new opportunities. Rather than borrow money, at no real expense, to expand and/or hire, Big Corporations with their activist Rich board members choose instead to  borrow money for stock buyback. This does not create jobs, but it increases the Rich and Institutional Investors positions in companies without having to spend their own money. Anyway, the idea that by giving huge tax breaks, or allowing them to not pay any taxes at all or minimum taxes, is absurd and is one of the big drivers of our huge deficit. Aside from supply side economics, this position is fostered by the mistaken belief that taxes are punishment. If I hear one more time, "We should reward success and not punish it," I will puke. The reward from success is 1) the satisfaction of the accomplishment, and 2) the rewards wealth brings including multiple homes, homes on other continents, multiple cars, vacations, private jets, the best food, medical care, best education for children, ability to leave in death security for your family, the ability to allow money to work for them for income so they can pursue other interests, influence, and all the other things wealth brings. I am very successful and wealthy. I am alive, have great family, great kids, I love and am loved, and enjoy life, and I usually make enough to pay my bills and have some savings. I would argue that I am as successful as a billionaire that is miserable, but I still have to pay taxes. Tax avoidance or forgiveness is not a reward for success; it is the product of being rich and buying politicians. It is the product of bribery. So, the presumption that because they are now able to pay almost no taxes or minimal taxes because of the their influence, does not mean this supply side economic nightmare should continue or survive a new tax plan.

    As to what I dislike about the Fair Tax Plan I answer this way. It is not fair and is very, very dangerous. It eliminates Payroll tax, which means that social security and medicare is over. Now the plan that businesses report income and the amount for social security will be set aside from the consumption tax, is a joke. First hiccup in the economy, and consumption slows, social security will end, or the EPA and OSHA will end or other necessary programs, such as military spending will be affected. I can not help but wonder, if in 2008, when our economy tanked, if we were on such a plan, what would have happened? Tens of Millions lost their jobs, consumption shrank, and we crashed. Republican leadership voted against jobs bills which would have immediately kick-started the economy. On a flat tax, there would be no money for this in case of an emergency or unemployment extensions, and our deficit would explode. It also ends medicare. The Rich currently have to pay taxes on interest, capital gains, and dividends. This necessary income to the Government would end. I object to the Rich and Powerful, who make huge amounts of money from interest, dividends, and capital gains would pay ZERO taxes on that income, that currently they pay. There is no consumption tax on purchasing stocks, bonds, options, commodities, rental, and commercial real estate. The rich and powerful would be completely excluded from having to pay any taxes on their investment vehicles of choice. The only cost they would have would be the few dollars, ($5.00 at E-Trade), and, for this, they get a $10,000 credit. Now lets look at what everyone will be taxed on. Purchase of personal residence, (imagine 23% being added to the cost of a home). If they don't buy they, get to pay 23% tax on rent. There will be 23% tax on groceries, medicine, cars, gasoline, insurance (including health insurance), bus, taxi, trains, mass transit, plane tickets. Also electric, cable, water, gas, heating oil, propane, and all the necessities of life will be taxed at 23%. Imagine, each and every single thing that is bought day to day by the bottom 98% being taxed at 23%. We can barely make ends meet now, and now we are expected to pay 23% on top of everything. Who do you think this negatively effects more? Rich or Middle Class? This will also destroy the restaurant and entertainment industry. A meal at Chick Filet costs around $20.00 now. After this, it will cost $24.60. Oh, and lets not forget the extra taxes added to almost everything from Florida, and the extra penny here and penny there tax each county has. This 23% tax combined with Florida's 7% sale tax brings the actual tax to 30%, without including any of the other taxes. I also object to this plan because there are no caps in spending, so Congress can just keep spending, our rates just increase, and the rich only pay on what they buy. This is as regressive a tax as can be.

    [[Editor's Note: An EpiPen®, described below, is an auto-injector of epinephrine, used by people with certain medical condition, and, for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, and, severe allergies , etc. – And, the 'CBO,' also mentioned below, is the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan Federal agency within the Legislative branch of the United States government that provides budget and economic information to Congress.]]

    The CBO has not scored this because the Republicans have not requested it be scored. Why don't you ask Bilirakis, who supports this to request his leadership have the CBO score it. Let's look at the business side. I will use the EpiPen as an example. It costs the company $1.00 to make. They gouge us with a price tag of $300.00. Currently  they are supposed to pay tax on the profit, which considering nothing else would be taxable income of $299.00. Even at a 10% tax rate, that is $22.90 in taxes for the pen. Compare this with the consumption tax. [E.g., the Fair Tax] Under the consumption tax, the corporation would have to pay 23% on the $1.00 of consumables purchased to make the pen. (This assumes the consumables cost that much.) That is $0.23 per pen. Their profits are now $299.77, and that is after taxes. They still will not create new jobs or new industry. Let's look at the consumer side. Lets see, a house with two school age children. One pen for each, (300 x 2) $600.00 plus one pen for each to have at school, (300 x 2) another $600 for a grand total of $1,200.00. Now, let's add on the consumption tax. $1,200.00 (Four pens) plus $276.00 (23% tax equals $1476.00 total. That extra $276.00 in tax, keeps that family from saving, paying a bill, eating out, consuming. This family with two kids gets to pay an extra $276.00 for the pens so their kids won't die from an allergic reaction, but meanwhile the rich pay nothing on their earnings, and the corporation that made the pens paid $0.23 cents. Who does this tax plan benefit? Does it benefit the rich family, where an extra $276.00 in taxes for medicine will not effect their life style, or the middle class, where this tax of $276 is the equivalent of 27.6 hours of work at $10.00?

    It is just one more scam in a long line of scams, compliments of our congressman and the rest of the Party elites, who just do what they are told by their special interests rather than actually looking at the consequences. I am all for a simpler IRS code, and favor making it so small it can be billed by post card. But this is not the way to do it. This will destroy our economy, will destroy social security, medicare, the VA, and many of our necessary programs.

    I hope this answered you, and if not, please feel free to ask any more questions. There are many other problems with this bill, but this is just a snapshot. I am curious to see what your thoughts are. Oh, I am also not a tax expert, but it is obvious what this bill does, who it benefits, who it harms, and some of the many consequences.

    Robert M. Tager, Esquire
    Tager Law Firm, P.A.

    26133 U.S. Highway 19 N
    Suite 202
    Clearwater, FL  33763
    (727) 723-1616

    Editor's Note: Since Mr. Tager was kind enough to give The Register such a detailed answer, I owe him my analyses, thoughts, and feedback/suggestions as to what (if anything) should be done.

    * 1) First off, he made a superb effort, and this is impressive in light of the fact that he is busy working as an attorney (to pay bills) and running a campaign (which deals with more than just one press inquiry).

    * 2) Secondly, while he is an avowed liberal in many areas, Atty. Tager is willing to listen to other views, and work with us Conservatives, such as his willingness to admit that the Tax Code needs to be greatly simplified. He admitted that he is not entirely against H.R.25, the 'Fair Tax' bill, and admitted he "can see the benefits of a flat tax," a similar, if distinct topic, but another preference of many Conservatives. [The "Fair Tax" is a tax on consumption aka spending, whereas a "Flat Tax" is a flat-rate Federal Income tax, with the aim to make the I.R.S. much less complicated.]

    * 3) Now, let's look at the merits of what he says:

    a) He claims that it is false to assume that tax-breaks on Big Business & the rich are good things. While I am not a big fan of increasing taxes, he does make a good point. Even tho I am an avowed 'Conservative,' I do know for a fact that there is a widening wealth-gap, that is, the rich really are getting richer, and the poor really are getting poorer. So, is correct that a small increase in tax would not necessarily be deadly for the economy. However, my main beef (complaint) is not with the taxation, but rather with both spending excesses, as well as the protection the rich have. (They can repeatedly file for bankruptcy, get corporate welfare, aka bailouts, and then file for bankruptcy again, whereas the poor college student can not obtain bankruptcy discharge for an already-inflated principle cost of Tuition, not even counting interest & any late fees, except via "Undue Hardship," a nearly impossible standard.) I contend that if we reduce spending; reduce 'loan limits' for taxpayer-dollar-backed College Loans; and, finally, allow college borrowers to wield the 'Economic 2nd Amendment,' the sword of bankruptcy, a Conservative Free Market *check* against Predatory Lending, then -without a shadow of doubt- college tuition will drop to values that the Conservative Free Market can sustain.

    b) He says: "Tax avoidance or forgiveness is not a reward for success; it is the product of being rich and buying politicians." CORRECT, and the poor and unconnected College Student can not "buy" Loan Forgiveness, or even Bankruptcy rights that any drug-using Credit Card holder can enjoy! This is messed up.

    c) He then voices this concern: "First hiccup in the economy, and consumption slows, social security will end, or the EPA and OSHA will end or other necessary programs, such as military spending will be affected." ** This seems to be a valid point, but I would ask, is it not possible that a "hiccup" in the economy would not likewise affect income? (Consumption, e.g., spending, and income are tied together, since one must earn income in order to spend it.) Since both spending and earnings may "fluctuate" in different ways, it makes sense to me to have a combination of these 2 forms of taxes; therefore, maybe a combination 'Fair Tax' and 'Flat Tax' would be simpler and require less Bureaucratic Red Tape?

    d) Mr. Tager complains of 'added' taxation: "A meal at Chick Filet costs around $20.00 now. After this, it will cost $24.60," he says. Actually, I believe that H.R.25 has a sunset clause, in which it will "sunset" (cease to be law) if the 16th Amendment is not repealed to stop Income Tax. So, I respectfully dissent from Atty. Tager: The Fair Tax would *replace* (not supplement) the income tax. See also point 'c' just above: perhaps both Flat and Fair taxes could be used, but with each one being cut in half, so as to avoid overtaxing us. (Better yet, reduce spending, and be less greedy, all you rich, Establishment "fat cats" in both Democratics & Republican parties!!)

    e) Next, however, he raises a valid point about an illegal monopoly on the EpiPen, which is not unlike some prescription medications being sold at huge (obscene) profits, simply because the company holds a monopoly on the product. I have 2 things to say: First off, whether or not a company engages in an illegal monopoly (like U.S. Colleges are doing, in an unrelated higher-ed matter), what has this to do with the method or means of taxation? Secondly, last time I checked, U.S. Case Law held that a monopoly was quite illegal, and so this needs to be checked into.

    f) Lastly, he is honest enough to admit that he's not a tax expert (and neither am I). I appreciate his honesty, humility, & proper respect. But, it is possible that the Fair Tax might possibly be rather 'neutral' on changing the tax rates of the super rich and/or Big Business. (Perhaps, we should consult Tax Experts -on both sides of the issue- to get to the bottom of these concerns: Do the 'Fair Tax' or 'Flat Tax' benefit the rich any any extraordinary way)

    g) Mr. Tager is quite intelligent, and I'm surprised he doesn't have many thoughts on the higher ed mess; however, I admit that it took Alan Collinge several tries before I could "get" the concept that removal of bankruptcy for college loans resulted in higher tuition. (It does, since lenders prey on the weak, helpless, & defenseless, and price-gouge college students just trying to better ourselves -just trying to avoid being a McD burger flipper for the rest of their life.) I am interested to see Mr. Tager's thoughts on my replies above; and, I also hope Mr. Bilirakis replies; as well, I hope my own Congressman, Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15th), acts on his stated beliefs, as described in the other, related, news story in the links below:

    * "A Polk Perspective: Fix our bankrupt policy on student debt," By Gordon Wayne Watts, Guest columnist, The Ledger, August 04, 2016 [Scanned image of print version: PDF * *.jpg image * Screenshot: PDF * *.png image * Cache: *.html webpage * PDF]

    * "Republican Congressman breaks with party, admits college loans deserve bankruptcy," By Gordon Wayne Watts, The Register, Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:34 p.m., -UPDATED: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 07:41 a.m. (EST-EDT) * mirror 1 cache * mirror 2 cache * mirror 3 cache * mirror 4 cache

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