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  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • ISIS releases ‘Kill List’ of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released ‘Kill List’, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • The Big Sunshiny Lie... solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned

    09/08/2015 4:46:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 7, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    As Florida enviros push for their solar amendment, solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned.The important thing to know about solar and wind power, and other so-called “renewable” sources of energy, is that they aren’t necessary. Au the contraire, their dominance of the energy mix would be a disaster for the republic. Solar and wind create trifling amounts of power at a multiple of the cost of power made available by fossil fuels.Increased reliance on pricy power from wind and solar would drive up the overall cost of energy, which in turn would drive up the cost of everything. EVERYTHING! Not just individual...
  • FL: Victim Exercises Restraint, does not Shoot Armed Robber

    08/19/2015 4:26:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    People with carry permits are among the most law abiding and responsible groups in the United States.   Not only are they more responsible and law abiding than the general population, but they are several times more law abiding than police officers.  A recent case in Florida shows the restraint of a legal gun owner after being robbed at gunpoint.   From Vittoria explained, "I had my gun. I rolled the window down, pointed it and said, 'Put my briefcase down!' I could have shot him right then, but then what? Then I'm in big trouble. My thought process was...
  • Illegal Immigrant Slaughters 3 People, Unborn Child, (‘Almost Unimaginable’ Crime Scene)

    08/14/2015 4:55:32 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 14 2015 | Jason Howerton
    An illegal immigrant in Lee County, Florida, allegedly slaughtered three people and an unborn child in a shocking act of violence that left behind a crime scene that was “almost unimaginable,” police said. The suspect, Brian Omar Hyde, has been charged in the killings of Dorla Pitts, 37, her 17-year-old daughter Starlette Pitts and 19-year-old Michael Kelly, Jr., WBBH-TV reported. Police only said the victims were hit several times with some type of sharp object. Hyde reportedly crossed the southern border into the U.S. earlier this year. Police said he had blood on his clothes at the time of his...
  • Teen drowns after being swept into Jupiter Inlet

    08/08/2015 6:34:34 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 23 replies
    wsvn Fort Lauderdale ^ | 8-8-15 | n/a
    JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating after, they said, a 15-year-old boy who was pulled into the Jupiter Inlet drowned Friday evening. According to Jupiter Police, the victim was swimming in the lagoon area of DuBois Park, located at 19075 DuBois Road, when he was swept by the outgoing tide. While in the water, several bystanders, along with a retired Jupiter Police officer, attempted to rescue him, to no avail. Jupiter Police and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue received reports of the drowning and responded to the scene at around 5:45 p.m. About an hour later, divers were able...
  • Missing teens defined salt life in Florida

    08/02/2015 8:48:03 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 42 replies ^ | 8-1-15 | John Pacenti
    JUPITER — From Juno Beach to Tequesta, boys like Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen congregate wherever they can get a pole in the water. They pepper the turquoise waves aboard boats. They talk incessantly about what’s biting: snook, kingfish, wahoo. These are pier rats, not mall rats — known for lounging and canoodling on a sand bar accessible only by water and within the gaze of the iconic sunburnt Jupiter Lighthouse. They are obsessed about the newest fishing lures rather than video games, music or sports. “They are more fish than boy,” said Marvin Steiding, a charter boat captain at...
  • FL: Be careful what you say to 911

    07/30/2015 5:41:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    What you say on 911 is recorded.  It can and will be used against you in a court of law.  My friend and publisher of numerous books on gun laws, Alan Korwin, says that in the vast majority of cases where people involved in self defense scenarios end up in serious legal difficulties, it is what they said on 911 that got them into trouble.  He expounds on this in his book "After You Shoot".   In a recent case in Florida, both male participants made errors.  One is dead and one has been charged.         I...
  • 2 Teens missing off Jupiter

    07/26/2015 7:37:46 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 101 replies
    lid time ^ | 7-24-15 | Alex Crown
    Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for two missing 14-year-old boys in the vicinity of Jupiter. Austin Stephanos (left) and Perry Cohen (right), both 14, were reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip on Friday off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m after purchasing $110 worth of fuel. Officials received a report that the boys had disappeared at about 5 p.m. after they didn’t return to shore at the expected time. The Coast Guard had covered about 5,300-square nautical miles by Saturday morning. The Palm Bay Sheriff’s Office is also providing...
  • Fl: Open Carry Event on Tampa Pier

    07/24/2015 5:01:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    ADulay, a regular contributor to, wrote about the open carry event that was held in Tampa over the weekend.   From For those of you who could not make this meeting, here's a very quick synopsis of what you missed. Just over 50 guys, all open carrying, showed up with fishing gear, donuts, coffee and a great attitude. No police anywhere near the place. Lots of civilian people fishing and no problems with that at all. Several questions from curious people and most, if not all were amazed at the laws in Florida. I can only assume that...
  • David Jolly Out Front But Many Republicans Undecided on 2016 Senate Choice

    07/16/2015 3:57:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    There’s no clear favorite in the Republican primary to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2016, though U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla. is ahead of the other candidates, a new poll shows. St. Pete Polls took a survey of likely Florida Republican primary voters for St. Petersblog which was released on Thursday. Jolly takes 22 percent while U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., garners 12 percent. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who launched his Senate bid on Wednesday, pulls 11 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., gets 9 percent. But 23 percent of Republicans support other candidates (including businessman Todd...
  • Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

    07/15/2015 3:21:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | July 15, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state’s political landscape. Republican Rep. David Jolly will likely announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, the first implication from the Florida State Supreme Court last week striking down the state’s congressional map. Jolly’s 13th District is likely to favor a Democratic candidate after the map is redrawn, pushing the one-term Republican to enter the already crowded GOP Senate primary to replace GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who is forgoing re-election to run for president. Jolly’s decision presents a...
  • Baby Turtles Hatch, Tumble, and Swim [video]

    07/09/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
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  • Marlins Fernandez launches homer, downs Giants in return

    07/02/2015 12:19:09 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 7-2-15 | Craig Davis
    It had been nearly 400 days since Jose Fernandez stepped onto the mound in a major league game. The long road to get back from Tommy John surgery was trying but ultimately inspiring. Appropriatedly, so his triumphant return to the Marlins in a rollicking matinee revival Thursday at Marlins Park. After a slow start, the charismatic Cuban not only resurrected the magic of his Rookie of the Year 2013 season, he contributed an uplifting home run that sent the Marlins on course for a 5-4 victory that concluded a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. Fernandez, now 13-0...
  • Police: Mother Arrested For Stabbing Teen Daughter

    06/02/2015 7:00:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | Oralia Ortega
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mother is in custody while her teen daughter was rushed to the hospital after an argument escalated Sunday afternoon, City of Miami Police said. “We received a 911 call from mom stating that her daughter had been stabbed,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. That call led police to a home at NW 2nd St. and 60th Ave. As it turns out, investigators determined it was the 47-year-old Odalys Rodriguez who had stabbed her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Jack Nicklaus used the same 3-wood for all 18 major wins (37 years)

    05/28/2015 12:30:39 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 43 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 5-27-15 | Ryan Ballengee
    How often do you buy new golf clubs? Every year, three years? Would you use the same club for 37 years? No, you wouldn't, but Jack Nicklaus did and it helped him to 18 major titles. Nicklaus used a 1958 MacGregor 693 3-wood to win all of his major championships and 73 PGA Tour titles. He stopped using it in 1995. It's now on display in the new Jack Nicklaus Room at the USGA's museum at its Far Hills, N.J. headquarters. While the 3-wood is out of his bag now, he still uses what he called "small-headed" irons. Fans ask...
  • Massive synthetic putting green opens in Port St. Lucie [Golf Ping]

    05/27/2015 4:25:07 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 2 replies
    PB Post Blog ^ | 5-26-15 | Brian Biggane
    Residents of Vitalia at Tradition in Port St. Lucie desiring to work on their short game have a remarkable new resource literally at their fingertips. The active adult community recently opened a 43,000-square-foot synthetic putting green that is believed to be the largest in the United States and possibly the world. Designed by golf course architect George Clifton, the synthetic surface is comprised of environmentally friendly, recyclable premium nylon that will never require watering, pesticides or other chemicals. The complex is large enough that it has a native area of trees and plants incorporated into its design. It is available...
  • About Florida Immigration Coalition [Illegal aliens have their own web site]

    05/27/2015 4:48:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of more than 50 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants.We accomplish our mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing and advocacy.
  • Scott Walker might skip Florida primary in Bush-Rubio territory

    05/26/2015 12:03:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    As Republicans prepare to pick their next presidential nominee, there's one primary that's already likely to get expensive and intense: Florida -- home to former governor Jeb Bush, who is likely to run, and Sen. Marco Rubio, who made his announcement in Miami. That's why Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who has been riding high in early polls, said Tuesday that he might skip the Florida primary. “If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there that we wouldn’t play in," Walker, who has yet to get into the race, said on Laura Ingraham's radio...
  • George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Lake Mary, police say

    05/11/2015 10:44:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 226 replies ^ | 05/11/2015 | Kevin Clay
    George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell. The shooting involved two men and happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, police said. Officers at the scene said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, Bracknell said. In January, Zimmerman was accused of assault by his girlfriend, but no charges were filed after she recanted her allegation. He was also arrested in November 2013 on domestic violence allegations after his girlfriend called police. His girlfriend later recanted her story and charges were never filed. Zimmerman was acquitted...
  • Rickie Fowler delivers major performance to win Players

    05/10/2015 5:31:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 17 replies
    news observer ^ | 5-10-15 | Doug Ferguson
    There was nothing overrated about Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship. Criticized this week by his peers as an underachiever, Fowler answered with the greatest finish in the 34-year history at the TPC Sawgrass. He rallied from a five-shot deficit on the back nine by playing the final six holes in 6-under par. In a three-hole playoff, he took on every shot. And he made birdie from inside 6 feet three times Sunday on the island-green 17th. Rickie Fowler hits from the sixth tee during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Ponte...
  • FL: Grandfather, bit by Family Pit Bull, borrows 9mm to Save 63-Year-Old Roommate

    05/09/2015 6:16:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The initial attack caused these wounds. In Florida, a savage dog attack reinforced the efficacy of firearms for personal defense.  In this case, the person who used the firearm did not even own it.  He had been attacked by his Grandson's dog, and had jumped over a fence to escape the attack.   While there, he heard screaming at his house, and discovered that the pit bull was now attacking his roommate, David Brasher, who was 63 years old.  From David Brashear was taken to Lawnwood Regional Hospital with severe bites and lacerations on his arms. He was listed...
  • Husband, father, deacon—and soon, a priest

    05/08/2015 3:22:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | May 5, 2015 | BRENDAN MONAHAN
    Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call to the priesthood before her death. He cared for Cindy until her passing in July 2008 at 51 years old in their Jacksonville, Florida home.“I...
  • FL: Black Man shoots Unarmed white Man, ruled Justified

    05/08/2015 7:11:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have often read keyboard racists claim that black men cannot use firearms for self defense, that the courts will always find against them, no matter what.  This is a pernicious lie that is destructive to the rule of law in the United States.     In this story from Florida, a black man defends himself from what appears to be a version of the "knockout game".    He is hit in the face, draws his firearm, then shoots another attacker who is charging at him.  The video does not show him doing anything to provoke the attack.   His attackers appear to...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Ron DeSantis for U.S. Senate in Florida

    05/07/2015 4:53:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    Alexandria, VA – Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for the U.S. Senate in Florida where U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is retiring. SCF President Ken Cuccinelli made the following statement: "We're proud to support Congressman Ron DeSantis for the Senate in Florida. He's a strong conservative, he has grassroots support, and he can win. If he is elected, he will stand up to the big spenders in both parties and fight to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, and defend the Constitution. We hope conservatives in Florida and across the country...
  • Dems’ leader calls Rick Scott’s healthcare lawsuit “tea party gone wild

    04/17/2015 6:54:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 4/16/15 | Peter Schorsch
    Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit against federal healthcare agency over hospital funding would be a “frivolous” would represent the “tea party gone wild,” House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford said Thursday...
  • Bush, Rubio, Christie, others [Walker, Jindal, Perry, Huckabee] to speak at Disney

    04/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Oralando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2015 | Scott Powers
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and five of their likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be speaking at an economic summit hosted at Walt Disney World in June by Gov. Rick Scott and his campaign fund Let's Get To Work. Brecht Heuchan of Let's Get To Work said Rubio, Bush, Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry all have accepted invitations to speak at the June 2 summit at Disney's Yacht and Beach...
  • FL: 2A Rights During Emergency Bill goes to Governor Scott

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida second amendment supporters have been attempting to push a gun law reform that eliminate the current requirement that most gun owners leave their firearms at home during mandatory evacuations, potentially making them vulnerable to looters.   From the bill, SB 290: (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is 22 not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed firearm 23 on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third 24 degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 25 775.084. 26 (3) This section does not apply to:...
  • Tampa Bay Times: ‘Shall Not Be Infringed’ Does Not Mean What It Says

    03/31/2015 5:52:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies ^ | 3/30/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 26, the Tampa Bay Times responded to the numerous pro-Second Amendment bills making their way through the Florida legislature by suggesting that “gun rights are not absolute.” In other words, “shall not be infringed” does not mean “shall not be infringed.” According to the Times, the numerous gun rights bills–especially campus carry–show that Republican legislators are controlled by the NRA and do not understand that if certain limits are not placed on Second Amendment rights, public safety is sacrificed.
  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    61 percent of Floridians oppose requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. 61 percent of Floridians oppose changing Florida law to allow guns in K-12 schools. Only eight percent of Floridians say the state's gun laws should be weakened, compared to 48 percent who would like to see gun laws strengthened, and 39 percent who would like gun laws to remain unchanged.
  • OPINION — Welcome to Fort Pierce, Mr. President: Take a Good Look at Your Legacy!

    03/27/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 3/27/15 | Jose Lambiet
    The Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, President Barack Obama’s weekend hangout (via Facebook) FORT PIERCE — While Republicans are belly-aching again about President Barack Obama coming to South Florida to play a few rounds of golf, they failed to pick up the irony of Obama flying to one of the area’s poorest and blackest cities before heading to a club open only to 1 percent of the 1 percent.When Obama’s Air Force One touches down at the St. Lucie County “International” Airport tomorrow morning for a weekend at The Floridian National Golf Club that could end up...
  • Three way Gunfight: Police and Homeowner vs Burglars

    03/14/2015 11:00:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Jacksonville sheriff Director Tom Hackney Citizens and police make an effective team to stop crime.  Where there is high cooperation with, and trust of the police, crime rates tend to be very low.  In this case in Brentwood, Florida, cooperation went a bit further than exchanging information.   The police and homeowner cooperated in returning fire against criminals that had broken into the occupied home, refused to follow police orders, and fired at the police. In the Brentwood case, the homeowner had been victimized the day before, on 11 March, 2015.  His house had been broken into, and guns...
  • Not-So-Favorite Son? Scott Walker Catches Jeb Bush in Florida in 2016 Poll

    03/05/2015 12:10:33 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | March 5, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    “Rubio is popular, but in his home state he is taking a back seat to Bush vs. Walker,” Kaplan said. “Even among Hispanics, Bush takes 24 percent, Walker 23 percent and Rubio, a Cuban-American, comes in third with 11 percent -- roughly his same level of support across the state’s Republicans in an open field.” A new poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is running in a dead heat with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Sunshine State as the 2016 presidential race looms. Gravis Marketing released its poll of Florida Republicans this week, which finds Bush ahead with...
  • FL: Anonymous Internet Source Claims to be Crooked Cop, gives details

    02/23/2015 2:40:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An anonymous Internet source posting as "Guest" has started a firestorm on a forum for the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office, titled   The original post, titled "Tricks of the trade - let's exchange!" deals with how to plant evidence to cause problems for someone they arrest who has aroused their ire.  Here is the original post: I was lucky to get a really good FTO when I started almost 15 years ago. He taught me to always keep learning new skills and techniques. It's not always easy to do being in a zone with the same old people...
  • FL:Armed and Alert Business Owner Stops Crime Spree

    02/23/2015 11:28:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An alert and armed business owner made a citizens arrest of the third suspect in a string of over 40 burglaries.   Police had distributed email alerts describing the suspect, and Charles Fouche, owner of Beach Pawn Shop was able to get the drop on the suspect, William Hasencamp.  Link to video of the encounter Mr. Fouche, along with a number of other jewelery and gold dealers had been sent pictures of the suspect, who police believed to be the ringleader of the three man team.  The other two suspects had already been arrested. The police had described the suspect...
  • Body found naked with gunshot wound on Jupiter beach [FL], police say

    02/23/2015 8:28:24 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 53 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 2-23-15 | Adam Sacasa
    Police are investigating a body found on a Jupiter beach naked with a gunshot wound early Monday. A person found the man, who appeared to be in his late 50's, at about 6:50 a.m. in the 200 block of Ocean Trail Way, according to a Jupiter Police news release. Police examined the body and discovered a gunshot wound. appeared to be on the beach for a "significant amount of time," Jupiter police spokesman Sgt. Scott Pascarella said. The identity of the man is currently unknown. "This investigation is currently being considered a suspicious death until further investigation can be conducted,"...
  • Debbie's damage control

    02/19/2015 6:04:32 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/2015 | MARC CAPUTO
    Wasserman Schultz’s office said she’d switch positions on medical pot if a donor took back his criticism, emails show. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted his withering criticism of her, according to emails obtained by POLITICO. The proposal to Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan was straightforward: retract critical statements he made to a reporter in return for Wasserman Schultz publicly backing his cannabis initiative that she had trashed just months earlier. Morgan declined the offer with a sharp email reply sent to a go-between,...
  • Lantana [FL] PD: Vanilla Ice arrested in Palm Beach County on burglary charges

    02/18/2015 12:42:27 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 50 replies
    wpbf news ^ | 2-18-15 | n/a
    LANTANA, Fla. —Robert VanWinkle aka Vanilla Ice was arrested Wednesday by the Lantana Police Department on burglary charges. Police investigated a residential burglary which occurred sometime during December 2014 and February 2015 in the 100 block of N. Atlantic Drive. According to Lantana Police, during the burglary incident, numerous items of furniture, pool heater, bicycles and other items were removed from the residence which is currently in the process of foreclosure. Police determined VanWinkle played a role in the burglary and theft. Police say VanWinkle is currently renovating the residence adjacent to the property in which the items were stolen....
  • Shots fired as hundreds of teens rush Ocoee movie theater (FL mall)

    02/15/2015 1:58:50 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 167 replies ^ | February 15, 2015 | Lena Vargas
    OCOEE -- Gunfire erupted late Saturday night at the West Oaks Mall as hundreds of teenagers rushed the mall's movie theater. Ocoee police were called to the mall to help control a large, hostile crowd. Orange County deputies said 800-900 middle school and high school students tried to rush into the theater without paying. Ocoee police said 200-300 made it inside. Police said the juveniles and young adults were causing a disturbance in the food court and movie theater area of the mall. Police said a large group rushed into the theater and continued causing a disturbance there. Orange County...
  • Jeb Bush’s war chest far outpacing field of GOP contenders

    02/13/2015 1:26:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/13/15 | Matea Gold
    Jeb Bush’s money juggernaut is far eclipsing the efforts of his would-be rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, putting his two political committees on pace to amass an unprecedented sum of tens of millions of dollars by early spring. The former Florida governor’s overwhelming dominance in the race to line up financial backers has come at a speed that has impressed longtime Republican money players, who say wealthy party backers have rapidly migrated to Bush since 2012 nominee Mitt Romney decided against another White House run two weeks ago.
  • Are you ready for … Senator Grayson?

    02/04/2015 8:36:09 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 2/4/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Isn’t Congressman Grayson bad enough? The charmer from Florida, who once called his Republican opponent “Taliban Dan” and once said that allowing Republicans in charge would be like letting al-Qaeda fly planes, has his eyes set on higher office. In an interview yesterday with The Hill, Alan Grayson said there was only one potential roadblock to a Senate run. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you’re our only hope:
  • FL: Intruder Shot Dead in Leesburg

    02/02/2015 11:57:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Steven Ricker has been in and out of jail 11 times since 2006.   At about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, 1 February, he was shot and killed.  The Leesburg resident who shot him says that Ricker was attempting to force his way into his family's apartment.  The manager of the apartment complex says that Ricker had banged on his door first, and that he appeared to be high and searching for drugs.  The manager thought Ricker had left, until he heard the gunshot.  Video at the link.  ©2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice...
  • FL: Student saves Herself and Boyfriend with Revolver given by Father

    01/30/2015 2:15:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sable Nehme shows how she turned from the closet and pointed the revolver. In this case in Florida, a young woman stops a potential tragedy by quickly retrieving a gun that had been given to her by her father.  A second later would have been too late.  From ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Channel 9 talked with a University of Central Florida student who pulled a gun on two violent intruders who attacked her boyfriend and threatened her life. The neighborhood, the Village of Alafaya Club, in Orlando, may be sketchy, as are many neighborhoods around universities.  Perhaps local...
  • Man shot in head, killed in front of kids in Miami Gardens driveway [Sharpton Silent]

    01/29/2015 5:40:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/26/15 | Lance Dixon
    Miami Gardens police said they have few leads in the brazen murder of James Hall, shot in the head late Sunday night in his driveway as his girlfriend's two children looked on. Hall, 42, had returned home just before midnight when the children said four men surrounded the car and fired through the front windshield. "They killed him in front of my kids," Hall’s girlfriend, Ashley Walden, told Herald news partner CBS4.
  • Florida (The state of)

    01/29/2015 3:30:14 AM PST · by kelly4c · 85 replies
    I was just over looking at the DailyMail website and noticed that so many of the stories are out of Florida. A disproportionate amount it seems. Any Floridians here? Just what's going on in your state, do you feel anything's off-kilter?
  • Al Sharpton coming to Sarasota

    01/28/2015 12:58:05 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 28 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace
    One of the nation’s most well known, and controversial, civil rights activists the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. is coming to Sarasota. Sharpton, also a television and radio personality, is scheduled to give a keynote address to the Howard Club of Southwest Florida’s 10th annual scholarship luncheon on March 28. At the same event, the Howard Club will honor boxing promoter Don King, famous for working with some of the biggest names in professional boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Forman and Mike Tyson.
  • FL: Act Compliant to Gain time and Opportunity

    01/24/2015 10:12:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot.   There can be many reasons for this, including additional scrutiny from the authorities, drawing attention to the crime in progress, even a reluctance to inflict harm.   Often, this will give the victim an opportunity to feign compliance in order to gain an advantage. It happened in this case in Florida yesterday, the 22nd of January, 2015.  The victim in this case was Fabian Rosario.  He is a surveyor who was working with a colleague on a land survey when he was approached by a suspect who pulled a gun and demanded money. ...
  • FL: Judge rules; Fists are a Deadly Threat

    01/23/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Kinsey, found justified in self defense shooting. I have written about the concepts of disparity of force before, and of the fact that a punch to the head is a deadly threat.   Disparity of force can come into play in a number of ways.  The assailant can be much younger, stronger, bigger, faster, there can be multiple assailants, the element of surprise, or, an assailant with known martial arts skills.  The concept is that the attacker or attackers are a serious threat to a person's life or bodily integrity because of factors that give them unequal power outside...
  • Florida is now an official target for UBC. Shannon Watts lets it slip.

    01/23/2015 9:18:27 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 1/23/2015 | unknown
    Bill was able to get a screen capture before Shannon came to her senses and deleted the Tweet. Florida is truly hated by the Antis. We got the Concealed Carry avalanche started and we did not make any friends by re-instituting Stand Your ground and a slew of other Pro-Second Amendment bills. If we could be erased from the map while keeping DisneyWorld, they would have done so already.
  • FL: Bill Filed for Campus Carry in Florida, Passes First Subcommittee 8-4

    01/22/2015 12:19:00 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Bills have been filed in the Florida House (HB4005) and in the Senate (SB176) to reform the Florida concealed carry law to remove the restriction in the law that prevents people with concealed carry licenses to carry on Florida public colleges or Universities.   The bill passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on an 8-4 vote with one representative not voting.  From, as shown in the screenshot above. The opening statement of the bill seems a bit confusing, in that it  A bill to be entitled2 An act relating to licenses to carry concealed weapons3 or firearms; amending s....