Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Have You visited Ocala Florida lately?

Ocala Florida is a central Florida city with history, charm, horse farms, Silver Springs National park, and the Appleton Museum.  

Ocala Florida has amazing shopping and dining areas.There are eateries on every block along Hwy 200 corridor and great shops which include big and small local shops.  If you enjoy antique thrift shopping you might like the white elephant and tumbleweed on the square.

There are some other attractions in the area and many events scheduled during the year in the town square area of Ocala.    

 Ocala, Florida is the seasonal home of John Travolta and his family.  

This city is very scenic and is two hours away from Orlando and about an hour an a half from Tampa, Florida. 

The town square area known as Brick City is where the original building structures were rebuilt after all were burnt down with a fire in the 1883 on Thanksgiving Day.  The new buildings were built with bricks and stones and the buildings still stand today.  
 First Friday art walk takes place on the First Friday of each month.  It is a free event. It is held from September to May from 6 to 9 pm. First Friday art walk is located at 1 SE Broadway St. At Ocala Florida.  The event covers artist displays, live entertainment and free family art activities.  There are extended shopping hours for shops on the square in the historic down town Ocala area. 

A few years ago, Ocala commissioned artists to create these beautiful horse statues all over the city, many buildings have these statues around them such as Advent hospital in Ocala. I had taken this photo of this horse statue in the town square around the gazebo area where there were four statues on the four corners.  

These statues are just so pretty.

Horse Statue in Ocala Town Square

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Is current Capitalism in U.S. really laissez faire or is it really Socialist Capitalism?

The current laissez faire U.S. Capitalism system is not pure Capitalism; as Republicans would argue because regulations hurt free enterprise. I would argue that the current system of Capitalism, is not a true laissez faire system because of Corporate Welfare. Laissez Faire is the term known as a pure unregulated form of capitalism where government would not impose any regulations, tariffs or obstacles; and it was this free unregulated Capitalism of the 1920s that caused the Great Depression of 1929. The Great Depression of 1929 ruined the US economy, collapsed banks; from this event arose new legislation and regulations to protect the people from another future Great Depression. As history occurs; politicians forget and repeat the same mistakes of the past instead of learning from them. Democrats and President Obama enacted more banking regulations but some parts of the law are not being enforced; therefore a potential for another financial market bubble. Corporate Welfare are tax policies that aid corporations in the U.S. in the hopes that U.S economy will benefit; as evidenced during the Bush- Cheney years. Eight years of steady tax breaks for big oil, and pharmaceutical companies did little to improve U.S. economy. Instead, incentivized shipping jobs overseas, spent money on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and provided no investment on infrastructure in the U.S. If you think of what socialist would mean in this example; which is the advocating of government tax programs that support corporations monetarily. This corporate welfare is not true capitalism and the argument could be made the GOP has waged a war of inequality in favor of the ultra rich corporations of America.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Polly Palmer Park in Ocala Florida

Walking around the park named Polly Palmer Park around  Palm Gardens, and the Heritage Garden apartments area. There is a beautiful trail and lake area with a fountain, it is very peaceful and a good place to feed the geese that walk up to the people.   There is a nice little foot bridge over a brook, it is very pretty very tranquil. Here are some beautiful images taken of the grounds around the area, just beautiful:
Polly Palmer Park in Ocala Florida

How Inflation is affecting the thrift stores

  It seems that Inflation has hit a 40 year high affecting everything from gas prices, housing, food, and consumer goods.  Inflation ...