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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

Although the weather may not be cooperating just yet, visitors and locals alike are making plans for fun in the sun. That can only mean one thing: spring break is officially upon us. While thousands of people will hit the beaches for some fun in the sun, not everyone will be prepared for their trip. So whether you’re planning to stay here in Pensacola, or you’re ready to hit the road, here are some easy ways to prepare for the holiday that can save you money, keep you out of trouble, and ensure that the good times don’t end until it’s time to head home.
Don't forget sunscreen-
The sun is almost triple its intensity on the beach due to its reflections off the sand and the water. You can be sure to avoid a nasty burn (and that oh-so-attractive rock lobster look) by slathering on plenty of sunscreen and wear protective gear like your favorite shades to prevent burning sensitive areas. Tanning in short intervals will help promote a more even, longer lasting tan. Not to mention you'll be able to mingle with people without punching them after slapping your back!
Drink responsibly-
This one can be tricky. No one wants to ruin your fun, but none of us locals want a bunch of unruly drunken idiots running around our town either. Having a few drinks can be fun during spring break, but remember.....all things in moderation. Besides, how embarrassing would it be to have to call your parents to bail you out of jail.....or worse...pick you up from the hospital? Do yourself a favor and save the regret. Watch out for them and make sure that they keep any eye on you as well. Acting responsibly will help you enjoy a lifetime of celebrations.
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Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Where does the Obama Administration find these people?

How did Marie Harf — the deputy spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs — get her job?

On Monday she provided the latest proof that Barack Obama and the people he's surrounded himself with are not just dangerously incompetent, they're idiots.

Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Harf said the best way to fight Islamic terrorism is not with guns and bombs but with job programs.

That's right.

After watching barbaric ISIS armies sweeping across the deserts of the Middle East and slaughtering innocents by the thousands for purely religious reasons, the Obama administration apparently thinks one of the root causes that lead people to join terrorist groups is a lack of good job opportunities.

Harf was being dumb, but she was completely serious.

"We cannot kill our way of this war" against terror, she said, adding that "there is no easy solution in the long term to preventing and combating Islamic extremism."

Harf says the Obama administration thinks that while America and its allies deal with the terrorists militarily we should be building up the broken economies of Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc., etc.

That way, according to Obama Foreign Policy Logic, the religious fanatics who sign up to kill and die for ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups would be given more civilized career choices.

Instead of beheading or incinerating innocent people merely for being Jewish or Christian, they could flip burgers at the Baghdad McDonalds, work on an Exxon oil rig or become a community organizer in Mosul.

Harf's naive comments betray the third-rate quality of Obama's "Dumb and Dumber" White House staff, who prove the legitimacy of the Peter Principle every day.

America has become the laughing stock of the world because of statements like Harf's.

But at least she used the correct term "Islamic extremism" to describe what ISIS and its terrorist soldiers are practicing and what we are fighting against.

Obama's stubborn refusal to acknowledge that reality is perverse.

It makes you want to grab him by the scruff of his neck, look him in the eye and tell him, "Repeat after me: 21 Coptic Christians — not '21 Egyptian citizens' -- were beheaded in Libya by radical Islamist terrorists for religious reasons."

When he gets that right, I'd tell him to repeat after me:

"Those four Jews murdered in a kosher deli in Paris were not just 'a bunch of folks' who were 'randomly' shot," as you put it before you were forced to describe it more accurately. "They were targeted by a Islamic terrorist because they were Jews."

Attorney General Eric Holder thinks it doesn't matter whether his boss calls terrorists "vicious, violent zealots," which Obama has said, or "radical Islamist terrorists," which he won't say.

Holder knocked Fox News Tuesday for its crusade to get Obama to use the accurate term, saying that the president's military deeds speak louder — and are more important -- than his words.

Yeah, Eric, that sure makes sense. It'd be kinda like FDR constantly referring to the Nazi Party as "an overly aggressive political club" while we bombed Germany in 1944.

The crazy thing is, this administration actually uses tougher language on Fox News than it does on radical Islam.

Fox News and conservatives are not the only one criticizing Obama for refusing to link the terrorism war with its religious roots, however.

Democrat Leon Panetta, his former Secretary of Defense, and sensible world leaders have called for more truthful talk from President Obama.

OK, Mr. President. I'll give you this: We're not in a war against the religion of Islam.

But repeat after me:

"We're in a Holy War being waged by radical Islamic terrorists who want to form their own oppressive Caliphate across the Middle East.

"They are out to murder Christians, Jews and anyone else who doesn't believe in their evil, fundamental strain of Islam."

Please figure this out quickly, Mr. President. We may not have another two years.
Copyright ©2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at and Send comments to Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.
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The ‘King of Queens’ Is Set To Be the King of the Pensacola Saenger Theater
By: Kelly Woodard

Everyone’s favorite sitcom family guy, Kevin James, brings his lovable slap-stick comedic style and quick wit to the Saenger Theater stage for his one of a kind live show next Thursday, March 12
th at 7:30 pm.
After 11 years of stand-up comedy, Kevin James was discovered by his now close friend and fellow comedian Ray Romano. Romano urged him to join Star Search, and James went on to land a spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Romano admired his comedic work and asked him to join his show, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” launched Kevin into the spotlight and landed him his very own show, “King of Queens.” The hit show lasted from 1998 – 2007, when James then went on to star in hit blockbuster films, such as Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Grown Ups.
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The 5th Annual Perdido Springfest Offers Best Springtime Fun In Town
By: Kelly Woodard

The weather may still be chilly, but springtime fun is heating up as the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce presents the 5
th Annual Perdido Springfest & Fair, this Tuesday through Saturday, March 10th through March 14th at Liberty Church, located at 2221 South Blue Angel Parkway.
Perdido Springfest began in 2011 when approximately 5,500 people attended the inaugural 5 day event. Now in its 5
th year, the festival is expected to draw crowds from across the region, making it one of the area’s biggest family friendly four day events.
The festival, which will feature vendors, games, food, entertainment, amusement park rides, a petting zoo, and much more, will open its’ doors at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 10
th and will continue on through the week opening at 6 pm March 11th through March 13th. The doors will open early at 3 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Doors will close each night at 11 pm.
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County Officials Need Your Opinion On Allocation Of RESTORE Act Funds
By: Kelly Woodard

$150 million dollars is up for grabs in Escambia County via the RESTORE program (Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies) thanks to the federal ruling against BP for the 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill, but county officials need your help to decide how it will be used.
The RESTORE advisory committee was originally scheduled to vote on how to allocate funds by initiating a point system to weigh need based criteria in the area on Monday, but ultimately decided that the county commissioners should have the opportunity to hear more community input on the matter before voting. The county proposed two options regarding the point system, and suggest that local residents review the materials by visiting before weighing in at the meeting.
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Downtown Divas Get Derby Ready At the 10th Annual Art of Fashion Luncheon
By: Kelly Woodard

Few things go hand in hand like fabulous fashion and the Kentucky Derby, so break out your biggest and best hat for the 10
th Annual Art of Fashion event this Wednesday, March 11th at New World Landing from 11 am to 1 pm. Sponsored by Covenant Hospice, in conjunction with local artists and fashion retailers, this Kentucky Derby themed luncheon hosted by Cat Pack Morning Show’s Brent Lane, features a runway fashion show, silent auction, derby hat contest and prize drawings.
The derby theme plays throughout the event where women show off their finest hat and gentleman throw on their best bowtie. The focus continues to be on Pensacola’s businesses and bright artistic community in an effort to invigorate the local economy. The Art of Fashion’s Spring Preview runway show will feature the latest looks from Chico’s of Pensacola, Lee Tracy, Intracoastal Outfitters, The Bridal Loft, Don Alans and Randall’s Formal Wear.
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Mayor Ashton Hayward Announces Steve Smith as Pensacola’s New CIO
By: Kelly Woodard

Pensacola has a new chief information officer, as Steve Smith of Flower Mound, TX has accepted the coveted position. Mayor Ashton Hayward made the announcement on Tuesday saying, “We feel that Steve Smith is the perfect choice and together, we hope to bring the government and community closer by improving our city’s technology.”
Smith will follow former CIO, Paul Jones, who stepped down last year to pursue other avenues in government affairs in South Florida. As CIO, Smith will be responsible for leading the city’s technology resources department, which manages the computer and telecommunications networks for the city of Pensacola. Smith will work closely with the Mayor’s Office of Communications to develop several new citizen-facing technologies.
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