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  • Log Cabin Republicans: Can GOP gays win gay South Florida again for Rick Scott?

    09/29/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 29, 2014 | Steve Rothaus
    An op-ed from Matt Chen of the Broward Republican Executive Committee: Early voting will begin next week. By Election Day one would presume the demonized homophobic and racist Rick Scott will end up with 95% of the substantial South Florida Gay vote going to Democrat Charlie Crist. Not so, my friends. Sure that's hard to understand when the Florida Agenda perpetually portrays the GOP as virulently and violently homophobic. But Gay Democrats have routinely been stunned to find out that 25-35% of Gay voters routinely vote Republican, according to exit polling.
  • Bomb threats reported at 2 Lake County schools, cops say (Central Florida)

    09/29/2014 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 21 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 9/29/2014 | Daniel Dahm
    GROVELAND, Fla. - Another bomb threat has been reported at a Lake County school on Monday morning, according to officials. Lake County Sheriff's Office said a bomb threat was reported at Clermont Middle School. Deputies and Clermont police officers are on scene investigating. It's not clear if evacuations have been ordered at Clermont Middle School. The second bomb threat report comes hours after students and staff were evacuated from South Lake High School in Groveland. School officials said students, who were taken to the school's football field, were not being released from the campus.
  • Series of fireballs light up Eastern US sky

    09/25/2014 2:28:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | Sep 25, 2014
    A series of fireballs lit up the night sky across the eastern U.S. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning just hours apart. ... More than 420 witnesses reported seeing the fireball streaking across the sky, with those reports from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Among the reports AMS received in Indiana, one person in Greenwood described the fireball as having "small reddish sparks as it snuffed out, scattered in all directions." ... Three of the four reported fireballs happened within 90 minutes of each other, with the other reports over New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida. "It is rare that multiple...
  • When you think of Eric Holder, please remember Elian Gonzalez

    09/27/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-27-14 | Amy Miller
    Don’t let that pre-Attorney General debacle go down the memory hole. As we count down Eric Holder’s greatest hits, the first image that comes to the mind of many Americans isn’t that of Brian Terry, or of Black Panthers outside polling places, but of a screaming child staring down the barrel of a rifle. On April 22, 2000, just before dawn, U.S federal agents executed a full-blown raid on the home of five year old Elian Gonzalez, seizing the child and setting in motion procedures to send Elian and his father back to Cuba. I was only a freshman in...
  • Seminole County schools evacuated after bomb threats (Central Florida)

    09/26/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 19 replies
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Elementary schools in Seminole County were evacuated this afternoon after receiving bomb threats, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Deputies evacuated Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lawton, English Estates, Red Bug, Lake Orienta, Forest City and Spring Lake elementary schools, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether the threats were valid. Deputies are investigating where the calls came from. Officials are reporting that Winter Springs, Forest City and Lake Orienta have been searched and cleared.
  • Crunch time for Jeb Bush

    09/26/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ben White
    It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House.
  • Jacksonville-built Super Tucano — first made in U.S. — rolls off the line

    09/25/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Jacksonville Business Journal ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Jensen Werley
    The first A29 Super Tucano manufactured in the United States made its debut today in a ceremony at the Embraer facility at Jacksonville International Airport. The light air support defense plane, contracted by the U.S. Air Force from Sierra Nevada Corp. and built by Brazilian-based Embraer, has passed its military certifications and was officially approved for use by the Air Force. The Afghan National Army for light air support will eventually use the plane. "The capability speaks for itself," said Taco Gilbert, vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. "It's gotten its air worthiness approval, which is a stamp of...
  • Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

    09/24/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/2014 | By STEVEN SHEPARD
    The Florida governor’s race — on pace to be 2014’s most expensive, grueling campaign — is a dead heat with six weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are neck-and-neck in the new Quinnipiac University poll. Scott is at 44 percent among likely voters, the survey shows, compared with 42 percent for Crist and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. Scott has a slight edge over Crist among independents, 44 percent to 37 percent. And the gender gap tilts in his favor: He leads Crist by 8...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for Charlie Crist

    09/23/2014 2:20:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraising dinner for Florida Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist next month, putting her in a key presidential state in the midterms battle, according to an invitation.
  • At Lake Mary gun show, Zimmerman details what life is like

    09/21/2014 12:58:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 20, 2014 | Caitlin Dineen
    ith a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary.. "It's so odd to me," said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. "[But] it is appreciated." In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different. He's always moving. He's...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Pat Buchanan: Romney Is Going To Run In 2016 ("Only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid")

    09/07/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pat Buchanan predicted Mitt Romney will run for president on this weekend's broadcast of The McLaughlin Group. "There is no doubt Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are in the establishment category or bracket that are headed for the finals," Buchanan said. "I think Mitt would come out first but I really don't see Bush as really having the drive or inner drive. And I think, then you get Mitt Romney against someone like a Cruz, or someone like that, and I think that would be the finals. And I think that Mitt has got it in his heart...
  • Law School course: “historical trajectory of Trayvon Martin case”

    09/19/2014 11:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 19, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taught by attorney for the Martin family.A JD student at the University of Miami School of Law–and a long-time fan of “The Law of Self Defense”–contacted me recently to share a notice he’d received from the school. It seems for the Fall 2014 semester they will be offering a “short course” (good for one credit) with a focus on the Trayvon Martin case, entitled “Legal Advocacy, Media and the Pursuit of Social Justice.” The first note of interest is that the course is being “taught” by none other than Jasmine Rand, an attorney with the firm of Crump & Park....
  • Reports of mass shooting in North Florida

    09/18/2014 5:16:14 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 77 replies
    WKMG ^ | 9/18/2014
    BELL, Fla. - A mass shooting has been reported in a small town near Gainesville on Thursday night.The shooting was reported in the town of Bell in Gilchrest County, which is about 140 miles from downtown Orlando.It's not clear how many victims were shot, but there are reports that children were among the victims.A news conference is set for 8 p.m. Local 6 has a crew on its way to the scene.Check back for more on this developing story.
  • Panel to discuss 'racial disparity' in Stand Your Ground law

    09/19/2014 1:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2014 | David Harris, Orlando Sentinel
    The mother of a teen slain at a Jacksonville gas station after he and his friends refused to turn down their music will be among the panelists at a seminar in Orlando about the controversial Stand Your Ground law. Jordan Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, will be among the experts examining whether there is racial disparity in the application or enforcement of Stand Your Ground laws. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting the forum, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the grand ballroom of the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The forum...
  • Sources: Howard Stern to Move to Palm Beach Permanently (reason: taxes)

    09/18/2014 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    © Copyright 2013 GossipExtra.com · All Rights Reserved ^ | September 16, 2014 | by Jose Lambiet
    PALM BEACH — No matter what his professional future holds, satellite radio star Howard Stern is planning to move to Palm Beach permanently after the $10 million-renovation of his $52 million-house is completed early next year...One of the sources added that Stern is well aware of the benefits of declaring residency in a no-income tax state like Florida and homesteading his property.
  • Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers' Licenses

    09/18/2014 6:11:42 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 52 replies
    Reason.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. "We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. "We hope that the third time will be the charm." On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando...
  • Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/18/2014 2:32:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/17/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters. ....One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe. In 2012,...
  • Scott widens lead in gov's race in latest exclusive WFLA TV poll

    09/17/2014 8:05:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    WFLA-TV ^ | 9/16/14 | Lauren Mayk
    Play With Closed Captions Gov. Rick Scott widened his lead in the gubernatorial race, taking a 5-point lead over Charlie Crist, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. Scott pulled 44 percent compared with 39 percent for Crist in the poll. Scott actually dropped a point from the 45-44 tally last week, but fared better as Crist lost support and dropped below 40 percent for the first time since the poll started this spring. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie more than doubled his share, taking 7 percent in the survey. Nine percent were undecided. Crist's lead has slipped in Southeast...
  • Jameis Winston suspended for first half vs. Clemson for obscene phrase

    09/17/2014 9:45:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    AP ^ | September 17, 2014 | Staff
    Florida State announced on Wednesday that quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first half of this week's game against No. 22 Clemson due to lewd comments he made on Tuesday. The university released a statement from interim president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox that reads:
  • At Lehigh University, Trayvon Martin's mother talks about race issues in America

    09/17/2014 1:33:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Hall
    In the weeks and months after Trayvon Martin was killed, his mother saw 50 different photos painting him as a thug.. It was as if portraying the slain 17-year-old as something he wasn't — a muscle-bound, tattooed rapper, or a young man wearing his pants low and flipping middle fingers with each hand — somehow justified his death, Sybrina Fulton said. "At first, I thought I was at fault myself. I thought maybe it was the hoodie," she said. But Fulton said she soon came to realize that even in 2012, she didn't have to look to her son's sweatshirt...
  • The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

    09/16/2014 9:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 16, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “Tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct, especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are...
  • Terrorist Linked CAIR Hack Compares ISIS to Fox News

    09/15/2014 5:34:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Executive Director of a Florida Council on Islamic Relations [CAIR] office, Hassan Shilby, took to Twitter last week to rant about how ISIS and Fox News are pretty much the same thing.  #FoxNews and ISIS have something in common: they don't tolerate anything different & their rhetoric invites calls for violence @megynkelly— Hassan Shibly (@HassanShibly) September 12, 2014 #FoxNews claims Islam & Muslims are a threat yet the ones making death threats in America and calling for violence appear to be Fox viewers— Hassan Shibly (@HassanShibly) September 14, 2014 ISIS is beheading people and has slaughtered thousands but sure, lets...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Charlie Crist Talks Faith And Florida, Says God’s ‘Not Happy

    09/16/2014 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ...Crist spoke to over 1,000 voters on Saturday night, in Downtown Orlando about his faith and vision for the future of Florida.... The group in attendance came in the bus loads, and the venue was at capacity. They leaned to the left as they cheered Crist’s pledge to raise the minimum wage, healthcare, and supporting policies popular with the dreamers. “I did all of this as a Republican” Crist said “Imagine what I’ll do as a Democrat!”. "....I was raised a Methodist. Raised with three sisters. It makes you appreciate women more and their rights. This I know about God....
  • Florida mom lets her kids try booze in controlled setting, gets arrested...

    09/15/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | 1:49 pm | T. Becket Adams
    Someone is going to get “unfriended” on Facebook real soon. From WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla.: According to police, Patricia Denault poured herself a shot of Fireball cinnamon whiskey and took a picture of her son taking a sip. She posted that picture on Facebook, but someone saw that picture and called the police. "Me taking a picture and putting it on Facebook, I thought it was funny," Denault said. Denault was arrested on Wednesday, charged with child neglect after she said three uniformed officers and Child Protective Services came to her house and interviewed her kids. (snip)
  • Obama to visit Centcom in Tampa on Wednesday

    09/15/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Howard Altman
    ...Obama will visit U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, on Wednesday for a briefing from his commanders on battle plans against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. ....White House officials made it clear that there would also be no U.S. military forces on the ground in Syria to coordinate airstrikes, nor have any done so in Iraq. But as the President continues to coalesce U.S. and international efforts to “degrade and ultimately defeat” IS, and Pentagon officials say they are making headway against IS in Iraq, two former Centcom commanders offer mixed reviews of his plans. “I...
  • Charlie Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school choice program lawsuit

    09/15/2014 6:15:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/10/14 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist is siding with the teachers union — not African-American ministers — over a new lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the state’s major school-choice program..... Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil-rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to “publicly denounce” a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program. “You cannot stay silent on this lawsuit,” Matthews wrote. “These families deserve to know if you support or oppose the lawsuit to evict 70,000 poor — and mostly minority — children...
  • Will George Zimmerman kill again?

    09/14/2014 4:46:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Chelsea Hoffman
    George Zimmerman is in the news again, and to no surprise it's not in a positive way. This Saturday news report shares that the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin was recently involved in a road rage incident. Lake Mary Police said that the unidentified victim called 911 before and during the incident. He said that Zimmerman pulled up to him and said "Why are you pointing a finger at me?" When the man pulled into a parking lot, Zimmerman allegedly followed him as he was calling police, but left before the cops showed up on the scene. The man...
  • Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton

    09/14/2014 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options By Marco Rubio September 12 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. President Obama’s call on Wednesday for the United States to lead an international military campaign in the Middle East has the potential to begin a departure from the isolationism that he and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton have advocated during their years in office. There is a risk, however, that the...
  • Illegal alien children being quietly dumped into schools across the country

    09/12/2014 10:37:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Avoiding another Murrieta is the driving reason behind the Obama Administration secretly inserting thousands of illegal children (UACs) into school districts nationwide as a new school year begins. The fact that many districts are hard pressed to handle their own children is of no particular concern to the Regime. Four states– TX, CA, FL, and VA show up on a Numbers USA code map as having received the brunt of the 37,477 UACs so far this year. (1) Transparency, an empty campaign word Obama used way back in ’08 to vault into America’s White House, is a joke. Children entering...
  • Pictures: Evidence photos released in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

    09/12/2014 10:08:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    (93-PHOTOS-AT-LINK) Evidence photos released by the Fourth Circuit Court State Attorney's Office and the lawyers for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin. Sanford resident Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder...
  • Doctors warn EV-D68 could affect Florida kids

    09/09/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    cfnews13 ^ | 9-9-2014 | Jeff Allen
    ORLANDO -- Health officials say there’s only been about 100 confirmed cases of the upper-respiratory Enterovirus D68 since it was identified in the 1960s. But in the past few weeks, hundreds of children in at least 12 states have been hospitalized with a serious respiratory infection, and doctors believe it’s a resurgence of the virus. The early symptoms of EV-D68 are much like the common cold. Doctors said this virus can last longer, and cause major breathing problems, especially in children with asthma. “Even patients with no prior respiratory illnesses, this virus has caused some asthma-like symptoms,” said Dr. Federico...
  • #BREAKING: A potential case of #Ebola is being treated at a Miami-area hospital...@CDCgov confirmed

    09/08/2014 10:36:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 145 replies
    #BREAKING: A potential case of #Ebola is being treated at a Miami-area hospital, officials from @CDCgov confirmed. http://on.nbc6.com/A1i24K6
  • John Morgan’s potty mouth (Florida)

    09/05/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 11 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 09/05/14 | Tribune Staff
    Attorney John Morgan’s exuberantly profane comments to Amendment 2 supporters in a Lakeland bar puts a lie to the claim that the measure is aimed solely at legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan showed up at Lakeland’s Boots ’n’ Buckles Saloon after a debate with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd about Amendment 2 last week. He continually used four-letter words to rouse the frantic pro-amendment crowd. And although he does say he is speaking on behalf of medical marijuana, Morgan, holding a drink, also jokes, “I didn’t smoke a piece of grass all the way here. But I’ll tell you this, once...
  • Cops: 10-year-old boy riding bike hit by stray bullet in Sanford

    09/04/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 4, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Daquan Butts, who is also known as Bobo, has been identified by witnesses as the possible shooter, according to Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the police department. (Sanford Police Department / September 4, 2014) A 10-year-old boy riding his bike Thursday night in Sanford was hit by a stray bullet after a fight escalated between two men, officials said. The child who was shot in the abdomen lost a lot of blood and was airlifted to Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & Babies, where he underwent surgery late Thursday night, according to Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the police department. The boy's...
  • Orlando police shopping for new $230,000 armored vehicle (At least their fifth one)

    09/04/2014 3:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 5, 2014 | Mark Schlueb
    <p>While some law enforcement agencies are snatching up free military surplus vehicles, Orlando police plan to spend $230,000 for a new armored personnel carrier for the department's SWAT unit.</p> <p>It's not the Orlando Police Department's first armored vehicle — it already has three. But the new one will replace an 8-year-old model, and the city's original one is an older piece of military surplus that hasn't been used in years.</p>
  • Springs cop charged with stealing from police union

    09/04/2014 3:18:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lisa J. Huriash
    A Coral Springs police officer turned himself in at the Broward Main Jail early Thursday on charges of pilfering more than $1,500 from a police union and spending it at the supermarket, home improvement store and several restaurants. Doug Williams, former president of the city's police union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87, was charged with a grand theft, a third-degree felony. Williams, 56, began his career in Coral Springs in 1981 as an investigator, retired in September 2009 to collect his pension and was re-hired the same day as a part-time police officer. He has been suspended from...
  • Holder: Civil rights probe into Trayvon Martin shooting still active

    09/04/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains active, noting “recent developments” in the case. The Justice Department is weighing charges against George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Martin in an incident that captured national interest. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges more than a year ago, but the Justice Department is still running down leads as part of its civil rights probe, Holder said. “That matter is ongoing,” said Holder, who was asked about the case during a news conference announcing the...
  • Inaction in Martin’s civil rights case called disappointing (Traydmark®)

    09/04/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Florida Courier - Sharing Black Life, Statewide ^ | September 4, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney, Trice Edney Newswire
    Activists say Holder dropped the ball on investigation of Sanford shooting. The NAACP delivered 1.7 million signatures to the U. S. Department of Justice a year ago, requesting a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford. Despite the outrage and demands for justice after Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter, Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to announce a clear answer on his findings in the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old who quickly became a household name across America. Ben Jealous, the NAACP President who collected and electronically delivered the signatures says...
  • Florida: Muslim threatens to “kidnap an American and behead him”

    09/02/2014 2:31:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/1/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Faisal Albagdadi and Ahmed Hindi started the brawl after they walked into the bar already drunk. Drinking alcohol is, of course, forbidden in Islam, and so it may be surmised that Albagdadi and Hindi are not particularly devout. But when Albagdadi threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him, once he’s released from jail,” he was falling back on deeply ingrained cultural and religious touchstones: “when you meet the unbelievers, strike at the necks” (Qur’an 47:4). People start bar fights all the time, and threaten to kill people all the time — but when one brings in beheading, one reveals...
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • Finding justice on racial issues through the ballot

    09/01/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ebynn Hanna, state coordinator of Florida Black Youth Vote.
    The eyes of America remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, gripped by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. The anguish of Ferguson — from the murder of an unarmed young person of color, to the lack of accountability fueled by a sheer disregard for black lives — is all too familiar for Florida. Our state has been the backdrop for a number of high-profile stories that have similarly illuminated America’s tragic legacy of killing unarmed people of color. There was Trayvon Martin, 17, who was walking down the street in Sanford in 2012 when he was followed and killed by George...
  • Israeli woman refused service at Florida gas station; called ‘killer’ by attendant

    09/01/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    the Jewish journal ^ | 8/25/14 | Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
    An Israeli woman, a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., for 15 years, was recently denied service and asked not to return again to a gas station ("On the Move Texaco" owned by J&L Services of Florida Inc.) that she had frequented over the years. On her most recent visit, a Palestinian employee of the gas station told her: “You guys are killers and your money is not welcome here." While the employee was not on the corporate side of the company, this incident, nonetheless, is another call for alarm among the Jewish population. Because of my concern about the statement,...
  • Marco Rubio Tries To Convince Conservatives He Hasn't Been Duped

    04/30/2013 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    NPR ^ | 04/30/2013 | Greg Allen
    In the current debate over revamping the nation's immigration laws, there may be no elected official with more on the line than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, a Republican and Cuban-American from Miami, was elected to the Senate with strong support from the Tea Party and other conservatives. Rubio's challenge is to convince conservative skeptics that by supporting an immigration overhaul, he hasn't betrayed them. Among other things, the Senate immigration bill tightens security on the borders and creates a pathway for immigrants who came to the country illegally to become citizens. Eight senators — four Democrats and four Republicans...
  • Rubio Flips Again, Helps Sink Biometric Visa Tracking Amendment

    06/18/2013 7:56:01 PM PDT · by paltz · 85 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 6/18/13 | Kerry Picket
    The Senate voted down an amendment to the upper chamber's immigration bill proposed by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) that would require a full biometric visa tracking system placed at every land, sea, and air port of entry in the United States before legalized immigrants could receive green cards. The measure, which was also called for by the 9/11 Commission in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, would establish a biometric exit-entry system. Gang of Eight member Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Breitbart News last week that the tracking system was the "lynchpin to the whole bill." In May, he...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Prison system is failing America by Newt Gingrich and Van Jones

    05/21/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/21/2014 | Newt Gingrich and Van Jones
    The numbers are arresting. If Americans under correctional supervision counted as a city of their own, they would form the largest city in the United States after New York. The number of people in prison, on parole or on probation, 6.9 million Americans, exceeds the populations of the second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, combined. Or the size of the next four -- Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Antonio -- put together. Thirty-eight U.S. states are home to fewer people than live under the corrections system in this country. There are about as many people behind bars as...
  • Alleged Anti-White Bias in the Context of the Trayvon Martin Matter = ‘hostile work environment’

    08/30/2014 4:51:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28 | Eugene Volokh
    Speech at work complaining about alleged anti-white bias in the context of the Trayvon Martin matter = ‘hostile work environment’ harassmentHere’s an excerpt from an administrative decision I just read, DeMay v. Richmond County Dep’t of Social Servs., 2014 WL 4206296 (N.C. Office of Admin. Hearings); it was filed July 2, 2014, but just posted on Westlaw on Wednesday. The petitioner was demoted because of a statement she made at a meeting, and the administrative decision upheld the demotion: SNIP 6. At a momentary pause between topics discussed at the meeting, Petitioner announced that she had a FaceBook post that...
  • Mapping the path for Charlie Crist to be elected Florida governor again [Team Obama Managing]

    08/30/2014 5:39:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Adam C Smith
    .....How does the former Republican governor make history by getting elected governor again as a Democrat? The plan essentially boils down to matching Sink's performance — the former chief financial officer lost to Scott by 1.2 percentage points, less than 62,000 votes — and then, through sophisticated computer modelling, analytics and voter targeting, to modestly improve on her showing among various voter groups that make up Florida's complicated electoral mosaic. "We know the universe we have to turn out," said Omar Khan, Crist's campaign manager and one of many Obama campaign veterans helping Crist. "Every decision we make and everything...