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Wikileaks, Buyer goes ballistic, and Christine O’Donnell says she would vote for Hilary

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

A whole list of things to go over today, lets get right to it.

Wikileaks goes too far:250,000 documents of material. Everything from political he said/ she said to Saudi Arabia’s encouragement of attacking Iran. Informants exposed and put into mortal danger says one publication. This is one big mess and one that significantly compromises the security of military operations overseas. We’ve got soldiers that can’t even give details to their spouses and then we have this clown…

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

putting Americans in harm’s way because it will “deter future war crimes” but Assange is one of the most notorious hackers in the world and is using his resources to release this information because 1) He can and 2) He likes the “Pub”. He’s going after a major U.S bank next, the Department of Justice is looking into espionage charges. This is dangerous and has everyone from George W. to Hilary Clinton calling for action…and speaking of Hilary.

Christine O’Donnell would vote for Hilary Clinton: Calm down, calm down, this video from morning mix (3:24) with Stephanopolus points out that the former Senate candidate from Delaware would pull for the former first lady and current Secretary of State, in a primary against President Barack Obama, because “anyone is better than Obama”. Comedian and Obama supporter D.L Hughley points out that Sarah Palin is not better than Obama and there is some light political sparring that follows. O’Donnell adds that she would of course support anyone from the Republican party that earns the nomination.

Anyone is better than Obama, including Hilary Clinton according to O'Donnell

Rep. Stephen Buyer (R) Indiana flips out on the house floor:: This guy in the video attached is why I’m happy about sending Dan Webster and Sandy Adams to Washington. The representative from Indiana goes ballistic on the house floor when the presiding Democrat hesitated before allowing Buyer to speak (there wasn’t even anyone there). “This is why you were thrown out of power!” he shouts.

I’ve dealt with Alan Grayson for the last two years, I’m picky about my rants on the house floor, you gotta throw some fury they’re way. I would have liked to have seen a little less Jerry Mcguire from this guy and a little more Al Pacino from “Scent of a Woman”.

Buyer should have used this as a guide before flipping out on the house floor.

Take care everyone!

Central Florida Politics with Frank Torres turns 1 year old!

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

One year ago yesterday, I wrote my first post on Central Florida Politics with Frank Torres. It wasn’t called that and the blog was attached to my business website, but it was a day that launched one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever been involved in. I wanted to use this little blog to write about what people were thinking, but because they were a journalist or involved in political operations couldn’t say. Let’s take a quick look, a year ago…

– No one knew who Rick Scott was
– Tim Tebow was still a gator
– Charlie Crist was still a Republican
– Tiger Woods was about to enter the worst time of his life
– Teresa Jacobs wasn’t in the Orange County Mayor Race
– The unemployment rate? Well that has pretty much stayed the same

Bloggers can be very cynical and offer little useful information, if any at all, and while I offer plenty of jokes and funny pictures, I try to make sure that there is a little substance with each post. I think the reason why this blog works is because I love writing on it, and I tend to color in the missing spaces that often get overlooked.

Some of my favorite posts?

– When I wrote how important it would be for Marco Rubio to win the Senate race, despite where he came from and what his parents did.

– My first mayoral debate analysis. I went to half a dozen more but that first televised debate was my favorite.

– My experience with the census

– Jimmy Buffet comes to save us from the oil leak in the gulf.

– Can you believe Charlie Crist checking out
the ladies
on the beach was one of my most popular posts?

– and my last minute pep talk before the elections.

Thanks for keeping this blog relevant, its great being able to bring it to you. Lets hope that I’m celebrating many more.

Happy Birthday!

Ouch! President Obama injured during basketball game. Palin fires back at Barb Bush, Michelle Obama

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

How many readers out there have ever taken an elbow to the head during a basketball game? It hurts like heck and if you’ve never taken one I could best compare it to slamming your head into a garage door or the sharp corner of a kitchen cabinet.

On black Friday, when all of us were worried about taking elbows to the mouth from fellow shoppers for a $200 flat screen TV, President took an elbow to the lip from Rey Decerega. Decerega is the director of programs for the Hispanic congressional caucus (way to represent buddy, we’ll never hear the end of this one!). The President received over a dozen small stitches and finished his day trying to prevent World War III with North Korea.

Ouch!

The President wasn’t the only member of his family to take an unexpected hit.

Palin fires back at Barb Bush, criticizes Michelle Obama: : So, your girl Sarah Palin was on Laura Ingram’s radio show and decided to return fire with former first lady Barbara Bush.

“I don’t want to sort of concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because I don’t think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods.

“And I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes, but the blue bloods who want to pick and chose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners. I don’t know if that kind of stuff is planned out but it is what it is, we deal with it, and as I say we forge ahead and we keep doing what we’re doing.” – Sarah Palin regarding Barbara Bush’s comments that she should stay in Alaska

Hey, she got one right.

I don’t want a President, or anyone running for President for that matter, to be staggered by snide comments, by someone who isn’t even in the picture anymore.

“Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over, make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife’s priority, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions, and then our country gets back on the right track.” – Sarah Palin regarding Michelle Obama’s child anti-obesity program.

She also said that the first lady’s program had a tone that parents can’t be trusted to make decision for their own kids.

Childhood obesity isn’t on my radar, I just assume that we will all end up in those hover chairs in “Wall-E” that everyone flies around in.

Tell your kids to get off of the Xbox. There. Childhood obesity solved.

Depending how you feel about Palin, it’s either music to your ears or fingernails on a chalkboard.

I’m just glad she is giving me so much to write about after the elections.

What I’m Thankful for this year, Politically and otherwise

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

A fun “list” post about the things I’m happy for both politically and otherwise.

– God, Family, and Friends
– The soldiers defending my freedom overseas.
– The United States of America. The greatest country in the world.
– My lapdog Nikki, who no doubt is responsible for half of the traffic on this site.

I'm thankful for this teacup Chihuahua

– I’m thankful for Dan Webster’s patience.
– Yes, I’m also grateful for Alan Grayson’s “Saved our schools” and “Sopranos” knockoff commercials. The former was voted the worst political ad in the country. Article here.
– This Charlie Crist quote concerning his party change “That’s hurtful, you don’t know what’s in my heart”
– The Marco Rubio quote that preceded that “You didn’t change parties to defend your beliefs, you changed because you took a poll.”
– To have seen “The Social Network” the best movie I’ve seen this year.
– The Three football games on Thanksgiving. Patriots, Cowboys and Bengals are my picks.
– Rachel McAdams..

If she could only make better movies..

– Black Friday shopping. I’ll be out there, stay out of my way…you’ve been warned.

– Refudiate.

– The two great candidates, I walked for and supported this year.

– Texting during a nationally televised debate.

The political moment of the year in Florida?

– The opportunity to do analysis on television with the best political minds in Florida.

– Early voting. If you added the time it took me to vote in the primary and in the general elections, it would be under 20 minutes.

– A perfectly seasoned and cooked Turkey with stuffing.

– The Orlando media for being easy to work with and getting my hard working clients coverage.

– The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Special Guest…Kanye West?!

If he has a float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, I'm changing the channel

– Saturday Night Live’s political skits and Kristen Wiig as Nancy Pelosi.

Almost as good as Tina Fay's Palin

– Governor-elect Rick Scott’s slow jog from the press corp

– Central Florida Law enforcement and Teachers, still underpaid and still under appreciated.

– The possibility of bi-partisanship for next year.

The vending machines are over there....

– Christmas and finishing the year strong on personal and professional levels.

– My readers. You guys are awesome and I’m especially thankful for dropping by everyday to see whats new here. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Breaking down the photograph: Sunrail signed into law

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

One image or photograph that always sticks with me, is the one shown below, from the Sunrail event held in Orlando.

December 17th 2009

It looks like a vodka commercial, doesn’t it.

Oh, how the times have changed. This photograph taken almost a year ago, was in a completely different political environment here in Florida. In my PR work, I always tend to look at the things the average reader won’t see. I examine body language and what the people in the photograph were thinking, when it was taken. Let’s move along the lawmakers in this photograph from left to right.

State Senator Lee Constantine: He looks like he is about to pop Orange County Mayor Crotty’s shoulder back into place, Ouch! He’s got a deathgrip right behind the Mayor’s neck. Seriously, we all know that friend that gets, just a little too exited sometimes.

Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty: He looks like he’s having a good time, but Constantine has that kung fu grip on him. It’s hard to tell.

Congressman-elect Dan Webster: This pic was taken a few weeks before Webster announced that he would not be running for office in the 8th Congressional district. He would change his mind a few months later and banish Alan Grayson from Washington. He was also the only person in the photo (besides the dude in the back) who was not holding office at the time this photo was taken. Fact: He will be the only Republican in this photo who, will be holding office in 2011.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer: The only man who doesn’t look like he’s having a good time in this photo. It almost looks like he’d rather be at the dentist office. The only Democrat pictured.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist: Was he telling a Marco Rubio joke? “I’m ahead 15 points guys! “Where do you guys want to go when you visit me in Washington?” Crist’s expression here is probably the most ironic in this photograph. These were nicer times for the Guv. I wonder if he flips through photos like these and second guesses his decision. I know he does. He looks like he’s having a great time, I kinda feel bad for the guy.

Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp: Kottcamp is pretty well liked guy, at least he was before this story broke . He was another guy in this photo that had to feel pretty good about his chances for winning his election. He was highly favored to be the Republican nominee for AG but when the time came for campaigning, he was invisible. Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi was criss crossing the state, won a tough primary and went on to defeat Dan Gelber in the General election.

Off camera- Frank Torres: I was there and was listening to the media interview some of the people in attendance on both sides of the issues. No way, that I could have predicted what would go on to happen to some of the politicians in this photograph.

It makes for a pretty good blog post.

Barbara Bush about Sarah Palin “I hope she stays in Alaska”

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time and work with both politicians, and celebrities and I can tell you with no hesitation. It’s better to be a celebrity.

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has had the opportunity to do both and why she would consider jumping back into the political fray has me puzzled. Let’s take a look at all of the good things she’s got going on right now.

1. A Popular Reality TV Show that her fans adore.
2. Her daughter Bristol has made it to the final week of Dancing with the stars.
3. Shes got a new book dropping this week that will almost certainly knock George W. Bush’s Decision Points from the top spot. Speaking of members of the Bush family…

“I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska and I hope she’ll stay there.” former first lady Barbara Bush said very eloquently in an interview with Larry King.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush politely pointed out that Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska

The media and some of the other pundits were quick with the “oooooohs” and that’s fine, it was the classiest of political jabs.

The truth is that Palin still can’t hang with other senior politicians when discussing policy and still fences with the media when it comes to talking about solutions for the country. It’s been two years and she still hasn’t done her homework, when it comes to discussing the issues. Is there still time for her to be coached and brought up to speed on what’s going on? I suppose. She says she would run if no one else decided to, we all know that won’t be the case with Romney and Huckabee all but actually announcing that they’re going to run in 2012.

but why would she want to?

She’s raking in the dough, she still looks great and she is currently in a role where she can politically relevant and win an elections for conservative candidates. Sarah Palin is doing exactly what she needs to be doing right now.

If Palin really wants to “have another go at it” she’ll be defeated in the primary and might end up exactly where she was in 08′, at the bottom of the ticket. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, she would ensure tea party support and leave the work to a more electable candidate. Yeah, she could go through all of that but the question remains the same.

Why would she want to?

Shes on top of the world. Why would she want to go anywhere else?

My letter to T-Mobile President Robert Dotson concerning the Webconnect Rocket

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Below is my recent letter to T-Mobile President Robert Dotson, I’ve been in a better mood.

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To: Mr. Robert Dotson- Chief Executive Officer T-Mobile USA

From: Frank Torres- Public Relations Consultant

RE:T-Mobile Webconnect Rocket Service

Hello Mr. Dotson,

I wish that I was writing under better circumstances, preferably circumstances that didn’t seriously hinder my productivity and hurt my small, public relations business. That however is not the case and your Webconnect Rocket has played a major part, in doing just that.

I was told by your store associate, with the abnormally large gold chain
that the allotted 5GB of Data in my “unlimited data plan” would be more than enough, for my mobile broadband needs. Boy, was he wrong! After hitting my limit your “throttled” data service kicked in and it was bad. I couldn’t even log on to my email service or browse more than two web pages at a time before encountering problems. It was very bad.

It was Spiderman 3/ George Clooney Batman Bad
It was an overzealous TSA agent’s, front palm search bad
It was like opening a tupperware container, when your starving and watching one lazy horsefly, ascend from your leftovers.

T-Mobile's broadband, when throttled is absolutely miserable

Your T-Mobile Webconnect Rocket is so bad, when throttled that, it is the technological equivalent of being water boarded, while having Yoko Ono (in her prime) blasted through DJ earphones.

Oh, its that bad...

I slowly went up the tech support ladder…
Tier 1 with Jessica- The kind woman, who referred me to…
Tier 2 with Vhengie- Another sweet lady, who had no solutions and referred me to…
Tier 3 with Liz- Who was very knowledgeable about the product but in the end was unable to help me and who transferred me to..
Customer Service with Victoria- Who acted like a spoiled member of royalty when, she said I was out of luck.

I don’t quit that easily, I used my PR contacts to speak with your “people” and have a short conversation about the government relations initiatives concerning texting while driving, here in the sunshine state, but that’s another matter entirely.

I was finally contacted by the lovely Angela from your “Presidential Customer Services” department. Intelligent, well spoken and very in touch with my problem, she was unable to help me. So, here we are.

Mr. Dotson, my productivity was seriously hindered for 3 days. Your service mislead me and put me on ice for 72 hours leading up to a short Thanksgiving week, where no one will want to start a serious project. I would say it set me back a couple hundred dollars…gift money for my family members. This simply cannot be allowed to happen again.

It needs to be fixed sir, please. I don’t care if you do it, I don’t care if Catherine Zeta Jones, herself needs to call someone to increase the effectiveness of this product. I have just short of two years on contract with this product left and during this pivotal time, the “Rocket” can’t slow down on me, like this.

Sincerely,

Frank Torres

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If she had to get involved, I would be okay with it.

Guys, I hate getting ripped off. If a salesperson promises you that a product will meet your needs, then it needs to perform. I joke, a lot but this is something that I simply can’t afford to happen. We all know how frustrating contracts can be, and if you don’t take measures to fight back, then you’re setting precedents that this kind of service is acceptable.

I really hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you guys next week!

Governor Charlie Crist and…Doors Frontman Jim Morrison?!

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Finally, something fun to write about since the elections ended over 2 weeks ago!

Finally, a project that can get Governor Charlie Crist in front of the cameras again.

Is it going to change the world? Probably not but, having “the Guv” clear the name of one of the most popular musical figures in history, would not be a bad way to go out.

Charlie Crist is prepared to ask Florida’s clemency board to pardon The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison for a 1969 Miami concert incident in which Morrison allegedly revealed too much of himself during the performance.

I wish there was someone, I could compare Jim Morrison to, in music today but, I just can’t think of anyone off hand (a rock and roll Eminem, I guess?). When I think about it, there really isn’t anyone that’s ever been like Morrison. He was bizarre, vulgar, but he was a musically gifted.

This of course is the sweetest of PR candy. It’s already gotten a great amount of media coverage and its got a nice guy ring to it, that the Guv can sink his teeth into. The lawyer in Crist can also point out that, there was no physical evidence that could prove that Morrison went through with “The full monty” that night and that might be enough.

with all that being said, here are 5 Door’s songs, that Charlie Crist should perform on karaoke night, after leaving office in no particular order.

1. L.A Woman
2. Riders on the storm
3. Light my fire
4. Love me two times
5. The end (a’capella, one hour before Rick Scott is sworn in)

Thank you Charlie..

Ok, I'll sing Riders on the Storm if we can get an organ in here

Special Session in Tallahasee and Democrats adjust in Washington

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Two different parties in two different locations with two completely different circumstances.

Republican led Legislature hold Special Session in Tallahassee:Special session y’all! It must have been great to be conservative in our state’s capitol yesterday. The new speaker of the house Dean Cannon and Senate Leader Mike Haridopolis got to work in a 3 hour special session. In what sounded like a back slapping, hi fivin’ good time, our state legislature was able to ….

– Authorize 31 million dollars in stimulus money to rebate 13,000 consumers who brought solar- air conditioners last year.

– Overturn vetoes that gave Shands Hospital in Gainesville a 10 Mil dollar grant and tax breaks for farmers.

– Delaying mandatory septic tank inspections until July.

In addition Speaker Cannon let everyone know that there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s got an eye on the size of government. He also said that when times are tough it’s easy to sell-out and be tempted by expanding government agencies.

The elephant in the room (no pun intended) is of course Governor-elect Rick Scott’s stance on high speed rail. “He’s not a fan” on source said. A lot of people believe that this is going to be the first battle that Scott has with the legislature ruled by his own party.

Not so fast, let him get sworn in before encouraging battles in Tally.

The Democratic party dilemma in D.C: Yes, the Democrats have problems in Tallahassee as well but it’s far worse for them in the nation’s capital.

One moment that sticks out from Nancy Pelosi’s time as House Speaker was the night when the controversial Healthcare bill passed. Minority leader John Boehner looked up at Pelosi, after hours of debating back and forth and had one simple request. A roll call vote. A request for everyone to vocally support or oppose a one of the biggest pieces of legislation this generation will ever see.

She denied it, the bill passed and took a major step toward losing her party’s majority.

She will be appointed the minority leader and will now be jousting with her adversary John Boehner from the lower ground. That’s not all, she has to basically make up the position of “Assistant Leader” for Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina), an important member of the black congressional caucus, who lost his leadership role during the party flip.

Hey Nancy, You got me, right?

The political tides are changing and it’s either a great time to Republican or a hard time to be a Democrat. These special sessions are just a taste of the high drama, that next year will bring in Politics both here in Florida and throughout the country.

Rebooted: Invasion of the Body Scanners

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 12:40 am

Here is an article I wrote almost a year ago concerning the new airport body scanners that are being called “invasive”. A lot of things can change in 10 months, but my opinion on these scanners are pretty much the same. Take a read and have a great day!

From January 14th of this year

There has been a lot of coverage concerning the body scanners that will soon be invading Orlando International Airport. There is a message that they’re too invasive, show too much and possibly still not effective enough to detect certain materials that could be used for a terrorist attack, even though they would have detected the chemicals used by the Christmas day bomber. There also seems to be an opinion, that such an invasion of someone’s private space is unnecessary and almost illegal.

We allow doctors to see us in vulnerable positions, don’t we? We wear silly robes that show too much and allow them to inspect strange marks and bumps that weren’t there before.

Why? To save our lives, that’s why. If we allow medical professionals to see everything, then why can’t we allow security professionals to see the same thing?

The purpose is the same, to preserve life.

What OIA and any other organizations need to do when communicating the purpose of these machines to the public is to reiterate what’s at stake.

The security of ourselves and the ones we love… our children, our spouses, our parents.

Do the shy skeptics really want to leave window of opportunity open for whack jobs, like the one we caught on Christmas Day?

I love the film “Up in the Air” with George Clooney; all his character does is fly and he can make it through security without breaking stride. Why? Because he’s prepared and ready. So, walk through the scanners and have peace of mind knowing that you just took another step to protect yourself and the lives of everyone on your flight.