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The Magic are very, very good

I think we just swept two Championhip teams. Oh yeah, I believe it was Kobe that said Nelson wa playing on an All-Star level. Watch a few games. This team is the real deal. Go Magic! P.S. Kudos to S.V.G.  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #76)

Orlando Sentinel

The reality: More guns, less crime

I wish ALL my neighbors had the same mindset as Mr. Baldwin. Anyone opposed to this way of thinking feel free to dial 911 and wait. Good luck. You'll need it.  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #6)

Orlando Sentinel

How many deaths?

Article: America's streets and highways are getting safer for motorists, unless your choice of transportation has two wheels. Federal researchers found that traffic fatalities nationwide dropped by nearly 4 percent from 2006 to 2007. The welcome news includes Florida, where preliminary 2007 numbers show a similar decline. [Why isn't information on this research provided?] Motorcycles are another story -- one with a grim plot line written, in part, by our state lawmakers. [Drum roll please. Guess the added drama is a must.] Nationally, the number of bikers who died on U.S. roads increased by 317 in 2007. In Florida, the body count rose by 29 in 2007, continuing an upward spike that -- through no coincidence -- began in 2000. That's the same year lawmakers decided bikers 21 and older no longer had to wear helmets. [I believe a you would not find it to be a coincidence if you did a study on how many cell-phone impaired drivers, among other things, are to blame for an "upward spike" in related accidents.] Since 1999, the last full year Florida had a mandatory helmet law, the annual deaths have risen some 250 percent. In the same period, the total number of vehicle fatalities in Florida rose by just 10 percent. [Gee, let's look at how many more motorcycles are registered now as opposed to 1999.] A federal-government study following the Legislature's repeal of the helmet law found the move not only was costing lives but was taking a financial toll to care for patients with traumatic head injuries. [Why don't you take a look at how minimal this is compared to the cost of obesity, smokers or uninsured families that use the emergency rooms for primary care providers?] It's inconceivable that lawmakers would continue to ignore the gruesome results. Louisiana didn't. That state's legislators repealed the mandatory helmet law in 1999 but reinstated it five years later because of the increased carnage. [Talk about carnage. I believe it was 2006 that 103,000 people lost their lives to infections in hospitals due to doctors and other health care professionals who didn't bother to wash their hands.] And yet, Florida's legislators are unmoved, continuing to swallow the tripe dished out by a bikers' advocacy group that pressed for the repeal in 2000. The group, which goes by the acronym ABATE, frames the issue as one of personal freedom, as if the Constitution's framers had in mind to jump on their Harleys without helmets so the wind could blow through their powdered wigs. [These last two paragraphs are too ridculous for print. Talk about tripe.] Please. Legislative bodies have a history of passing measures meant to protect the public. Some rules might seem silly, but others are perfectly reasonable, like seat belts and air bags for cars and helmets to protect bikers. Why not repeal mandatory seat-belt laws? Or turn signals? [Is there actually a law on the books requiring turn signals? One would never know it. I never see anyone being cited for this and see L.E.O. every day not using them.] Florida's cowardly lawmakers, who like to preach the virtue of personal responsibility, won't even require bikers who forgo a helmet to take responsibility for their decision by getting adequate insurance. Right now, a helmetless rider has to have a minimum of $10,000 in medical coverage, which doesn't buy much time in intensive care. It's true that more people are riding motorcycles, but that doesn't account for the staggering increase in the number of bikers dying on our roads. The Legislature's monumentally clueless decision to make helmets optional is partly to blame. [Is it really? Show me how it doesn't account.] How many people must die before lawmakers undo the damage? [Are our lawmakers so Christ-Like they can bring these people back to life? Undo an accident? Please explain how the "damage" can be undone.]  (Aug 24, 2008 | post #99)

Orlando Sentinel

How many deaths?

The insurance companies ALREADY take this position. Among denying motorcycle claims thet also include horseback riding, parachuting, snow boarding, or anything else they think is "dangerous ". I have no plans to wear one but would like to see the day when a dude gets out of a Volvo wearing a t-shirt that says "Helmet Laws Suck". Of course I'm joking. I personally never want to see the day when govn't has that much control.  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #93)

Orlando Sentinel

How many deaths?

The insurance companies ALREADY take this position. Among denying motorcycle claims thet also include horseback riding, parachuting, snow boarding, or anything else they think is "dangerous ". I have no plans to wear one but would like to see the day when a dude gets out of a Volvo wearing a t-shirt that says "Helmet Laws Suck". Of course I'm joking. I personally never want to see the day when govn't has that much control.  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #92)

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Magic tripped up by the Raptors in Toronto

When is 1 point a large margin???  (Apr 25, 2008 | post #198)

Orlando Sentinel

Leesburg prepares for a safe BikeFest

Maybe you should take a stroll through downtown next weekend. I think you'll be surprised. The small shops in Deland thrive during Bike Week as do the ones in Leesburg. This event brings millions of $$$ in revenue to the city, not just "chain rest., etc. Most out of town bikers I know seek out stores and restaurants they can't find at home, or anywhere else for that matter. This event is growing every year for a reason. The way it's set up is safer due to the fact it's mostly contained to the downtown area so folks aren't always on the move seeking different activities. Add to that the crowd it attracts and you have a successful combo. Get used to it. It's here to stay.  (Apr 18, 2008 | post #23)

Orlando Sentinel

Students push for concealed weapons on college campuses

Here's your Security Guard. This was posted in another thread: "Problem is that Orlando is full of "wanna be police officers" playing security guards. We have enough problems with crooked police officers, without allowing idiot security guards to have guns too." ------------------ --------- Not sure why, but your "Security Guards" never make me feel "secure" . You rarely hear of a citizen with a carry permit going nuts or using their weapon in an irresponsible manner. Try taking mine!  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #139)

Orlando Sentinel

Men in car flee from deputies, crash into brick wall

Don't mean to correct you, but I think it's AXIN', not askin'. lol This rag is too PC to give descriptions. Are we supposed to look at anyone wearing a blue shirt? At least anyone that's lived here for any length of time are smart enough to know who to look for. I was reading last week where Hispanics were ticked about profiling. Hello, what do the majority ILLEGALS look like. Maybe the Border Patrol & Police should be cruising Heathrow. That would clean up the problem, right? Gimme a break. If you're illegal you're illegal. Take an English class so you can understand the meaning of words. Back to the topic, when the Sentinel starts using "spellcheck ", they will put out a better paper. Wait, maybe intelligent reporters might work.  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #11)

Orlando Sentinel

Students push for concealed weapons on college campuses

Thanks Marauder. The person you quoted is the kind of idiots I referred to in a previous post. They don't think before posting. I'm thinking it's because they are incapable of original thought. They hear someone spewing things that sound cool to them, then just parrot them without thinking the issue through for themselves.  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #138)

Orlando Sentinel

Students push for concealed weapons on college campuses

First I'd like to thank Jim from St. Louis, Matt from Longwood and Orlando Homegrown for their intelligent, well thought out post. Secondly, I'm not surprised the Sentinel didn't give the web address for the group that started this story. I'm guessing they don't want folks supporting this as it's their practice to keep the liberal mindset of most media outlets. I read post 3 - 8 and couldn't believe that many sane, responsible people could reply back to back. At the same time I couldn't help but wonder how long it would take for the left and the people too simple minded to even know they are liberal minded to start posting.(didn't take long) Prime example is this post being quoted. This person would rather dream up a make believe scenario than realize that law enforcement HASN"T been able to stop ANY of school shootings in the past. Wake Up People!  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #129)

Orlando Sentinel

Orange County deputy fires Taser at elementary school stu...

I would like to think everyone could get over this already.  (Apr 11, 2008 | post #552)

Orlando Sentinel

Leader of Orlando-area motorcycle club assaulted on Veter...

Man, it's scary to think this thread has been running since November 18th. Please, get on with it, over it or whatever it takes. Maybe move to a "biker" forum. This is making bikers sound a lot like a bunch of gossipy 'ol women.  (Apr 11, 2008 | post #533)

Orlando Sentinel

Smoking casts its carcinogenic cloud over golf

That's too funny!!!! AAA rated  (Apr 7, 2008 | post #54)

Orlando Sentinel

Orange County deputy fires Taser at elementary school stu...

I guess you're right. An all out brawl would have been much better for the rest of the kids to see. Get a grip. The officer handled this the way the situation dictated. Why don't you get out from behind your keyboard and monitor the school. I doubt you would make it to lunch.  (Mar 28, 2008 | post #436)

Q & A with Tinman13

Hometown:

Apopka

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm riding my Harley or writing biker related articles.

I'm Listening To:

Progressive Blues, 70's Rock

On My Mind:

Why the media is so far to the left.

I Believe In:

God, Country & Family. Will die for all.