Fort Apopka

  • March 23, 1775 is the day Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Listen to the speech and how it pertains to the health care bill that was ironically signed on the same day 230 years later.
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The phrase Fort Apopka was coined as a result of the hurricane season of 2004. Three hurricanes ripped through central Florida in 2004 and did a good amount of damage in the town of Apopka which is located just a bit North and West of Orlando. I began referring to our neighborhood as Fort Apopka after the first storm, hurricane Charlie. Charlie was an incredibly powerful storm that shutdown most of the Orlando area for at least a week but in our neighborhood we lost power for all of 10 minutes and had nothing more than a few palm branches torn off. In fact, the day after Charlie hit we were so blissfully unaware of how bad it was that we got in the car and headed out to our favorite Disney water park. Once out on the road we were amazed at the toppled trees and bent over signs everywhere. It was like we entered another world. The next day was Monday so I headed off to work as usual only to find my building dark with a powerline laying in the parkinglot and the transformer hanging off the snapped pole. It took a week to get the office reopened.

Right now this site is a one man army run by me, Michael Mazzaro but I'm trying to enlist some free help. I'm not a writer, journalist or politician and I build this site in my spare time. I have a degree is Electrical Engineering and I've worked in software ever since graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology back in 1996. You'll find that I approach the issues on this site from a mathmatical and scientific point of view. The laws of physics and math apply to all things and when you try to apply these laws to the economic issues of today you find yourself at a loss to understand the decisions being made. I only had one course in economics in college but found it to be the easiest "A" of my entire degree as common sense always led you to the right answer.

From The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.