Monday, April 30, 2007

Abraham Lincoln Brigade

In July 1936, rightwing military officers led by fascist General Franco attempted to overthrow the newly elected democratic government of Spain. Hitler and Mussolini quickly joined in support of Franco. In response, nearly 3,000 Americans defied the US government to volunteer to fight in the Spanish Civil War, they called themselves Abraham Lincoln

"No man ever entered the earth more honorably than those who died in Spain."......Ernest Hemingway

"Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War"
Seminole Heights Strikes Back
Nothing like taking a story out of context and jumping to the wrong conclusions. The St. Pete Times latched on to a discussion back in February about the encroachment of latino-oriented restaurants upsetting the neighborhood. Of course it didn't take long for someone without all the facts to pull a Johnny Cochrane and immediately cry foul, and claim we're all a bunch of stuck up racists in Seminole Heights......more

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Odyssey's Shipwreck!
Pirates & Treasure To Open At Mosi June 22
Odyssey Marine Exploration, a leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, announced that its subsidiary, Odyssey Marine Entertainment, Inc., will open SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, an interactive shipwreck and treasure exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. The exhibit is scheduled to run from June 22, 2007 through January 31,

For more information about the exhibition, please visit
Democrats Lose War In Iraq
The "Stab in the Back" Trap
The Democrats and the peace movement are walking into a trap. The Republicans are preparing with Rovian cunning to focus the mind of the public on the question: Who lost Iraq? And they are already giving the answer: The Democrats and the peace movement......more
In the aftermath of the Vietnam war, Democrats and the peace movement were smeared for "losing Vietnam." This campaign was largely successful because the public was never given a full picture of the real purposes of the war and the full machinations of those who fomented it.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

April Griffin
Our Insider At The Hillsborough County School Board Wants To Know What You
I want to always remember the people who worked so hard to elect me. I ran because I want to make a difference...not make friends downtown.....April Griffin
The Baker Bench
Florida To Expand Gambling
Ronda Not Happy
The Senate approved a series of bills Friday that would expand gambling in Florida, including a measure that would let every pari-mutuel facility in the state operate slot machine-style video lottery terminals. The bill (SB 2434) would allow up to 1,500 video lottery terminals, which are similar to full-fledged slot machines, at each dog track, horse track and jai-alai arena......more
Scotty's Final Ride
More than 100 people gathered in New Mexico today to bid farewell to Star Trek star James Doohan, a day before the actor's ashes are blasted into space on a private rocket. A symbolic portion of his ashes will be on board a SpaceLoft XL rocket that is scheduled to take off from a private launchpad near Las Cruces, New Mexico......more

Friday, April 27, 2007

A Humanitarian Catastrophe Now Looms Over Somalia
Where Is The US Media?

The United Nations says more people have been displaced in Somalia in the past three months than anywhere else in the world. Some 350,000 have fled fighting in Mogadishu since February, more than one-third of its population The escalating war in Somalia has received little attention in the U.S. media especially on broadcast television. Using the Lexis database, Democracy Now examined ABC, NBC and CBS's coverage of Somalia in the evening newscasts over the past three months. The result may surprise you: ABC and NBC has not mentioned the war at all. CBS mentioned the war once. The network dedicated a total of three sentences to the

I Like The Old America Better, When We Use To Care About These Things.
Dont Mess With Those Mormons
Utah Allows Guns on College Campuses
As states and colleges across the country review their gun policies in light of the tragedy, many in Utah are proud to have the nation's only state law that expressly allows the carrying of concealed weapons at public colleges......more
"If government can't protect you, you should have the right to protect yourself," said Republican state Sen. Michael Waddoups
Putting Osprey On The Map
The seaside town of Osprey will get their much-anticipated Bay Street Village & Towncenter which breaks ground next month, the 550-home mixed-use development will bring a Starbucks and boutique shops and restaurants to this seaside village. The owner of Gabby's Patisserie not far from the Bay Street site, said she looks forward to big-city amenities. She makes some of her living serving coffee to the morning commuter crowd, said she is not concerned about Starbucks stealing her customers. Her business retains the advantage of a local business selling homemade goods to local people......more
For How Long Ms. Gabby?
How Much For That Ultrasound?

Women seeking abortions in their first trimester of pregnancy could be required to have ultrasounds of their fetuses. This guys idea, Rep. Trey Traviesa,
Storms filed a separate proposal this year requiring health care workers and abortion clinics to take DNA samples from pregnant minors. A committee she ran shot down her bill, which could have used the DNA evidence for criminal prosecutions against the person who impregnated the minor.

Wikipartia Howard Dean
How The Web Is Restoring Democracy To Politics
The Internet is the most significant tool for building democracy since the invention of the printing press. People are now easily able to create, discover and connect with networks within hours, anywhere around the globe.......more

Thursday, April 26, 2007

VideoVets: Michelle Barish

Mike Gravel 2008

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Senate Battle Over Britches

Florida State Senator Gary Siplin's bill would prohibit students from wearing their pants or shorts below the waist. Majority whip Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) says, that should be done at the local level. [We should be] letting our elected school board members decide that."

It's Nice To See Our Elected Officials Doing Their Jobs. We Can't Be Showing Those G-Strings.
Iraq: The Women's War
Dispatches from Iraq

A film by two Iraqi women who risked their lives to make it, recording what life is like for Iraqi civilians and the heroic efforts of Iraqi women doctors and nurses. This isn't CNN or Fox or
Stop the Funding. Stop the Lies. Stop the War.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Limbaugh Plays "Barack The Magic Negro" On His Show

Michelle Malkin, A Great Modern Conservative Thinker.

It's Time To Trade With Cuba
Capitalism's Appeal

Two things should be clear concerning America's Cuba policy: Everything the United States has tried over the past five decades has failed, and it is high time that Washington does something to help transform the country's Communist system.......more
Cheney Is Wrong About Me, Wrong About War
By George S. McGovern
Vice President Dick Cheney recently attacked my 1972 presidential platform and contended that today’s Democratic Party has reverted to the views I advocated in 1972. In a sense, this is a compliment, both to me and the Democratic Party. Cheney intended no such compliment. Instead, he twisted my views and those of my party beyond recognition......more.......h/t samm
A Baker/Iorio Bench In NPR

Howard Dean
Florida to be punished if it moves presidential primary

Not only will Florida be punished if it moves up its presidential primary before Feb. 5, but any Democratic candidate who steps foot in the state will be too, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said today......more

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Earning the American Dream

Fascist America, In 10 Easy Steps
From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.......more

Monday, April 23, 2007

Why I Don't Believe in the GOP's God
Your God Only Cares About The Corporate Bottom Line

My God is the creator of all things; the universe and all of its wonders were his gift to mankind. But your god doesn’t care if you destroy what he has created through pollution and lack of stewardship. My God is the creator of all people, and they are equally His children. But your god is only interested in white Christians. Your god doesn’t hear the prayers of Muslims, he only hears yours......more

Letterman Top 10: W Moments, Correspondents Dinner

Hispanics Not Welcomed!
In The Liberal Enclave Of Seminole Heights

Some people in Seminole Heights, known for its arts community and aged bungalows, are irritated. The Hispanic restaurants, they say, are taking over. Some who have lived here for years now feel discriminated against because they can't read Spanish menus or communicate with waiters. Others say Hispanic restaurants don't serve their neighborhood, that they attract outsiders.......more

Wasn't Viva la Frida A Mexican Restaurant? "The beloved neighborhood landmark", Please! If SH Had Supported Angelica She Would Still Be There. "They attract outsiders" What Kind Of Remark Is That? It's A Restaurant. If They Had To Count On Only SH Showing Up They Would Go Broke. What A Bunch Of Racist Snobs. I Guess It's True The Poop Doesn't Smell In Seminole Heights................Also @............. here

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Congratulations Ségolène Royal
France Votes
Royal and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy appeared headed to a presidential runoff, setting up a stark choice between one of France's most right wing politicians and a liberal who would be the country's first female
The voter turnout rate was heading over 80 percent, nearing the record of 84.8 percent
Merkel, Royal and Clinton?
Conch Republic Independence Celebration

The Conch Republic was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade setup on highway U.S.1 at Florida City just to the north of the Florida Keys. This heinous act effectively isolated Keys Citizens from the U.S. mainland since the blockade was on our only land artery to and from the mainland. This roadblock portrayed Keys residents as non-U.S. citizens who had to prove their citizenship in order to drive onto the Florida mainland! Hardly an American thing to do!.......more
Charlie And The GOP

After three months in office, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has earned praise from surprising quarters - Democrats, environmentalists and even The Nation, which bills itself as America's leading journal of liberal political opinion.......more

Some Of The Awful Things The Governor Has Done:

•Wetlands regulation. Saying he would veto a bill to strip local governments of the authority to regulate destruction of wetlands by developers - a measure strongly favored by developers.

•Voting machines. Joining with U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, a liberal Boca Raton Democrat, to advocate new voting machines that include a paper record of votes cast.

•Teacher meeting. Meeting in his office with representatives of the state teachers union, an organization scorned by Bush.

•Gay marriage. Announcing that he doesn't want the Republican Party to continue funding a constitutional amendment petition drive to ban gay marriage.
And Of Course state action against global warming and restoring civil rights for felons.
How Much Longer Will We Take This?
Campaign Against Alleged Voter Fraud Sought To Bolster The GOP

For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates, according to former department lawyers and a review of written records........more
Compromising Your Countrys Democracy, As Long As Your Side Wins.
The Police In La Habana

Response was quick and expectantly hysterical from at least one Cuban-American blogger to the news that the Police have apparently agreed to play a free concert in Havana in December. Henry Gomez, writing for Cuban-American Pundits, had this to

End The Embargo On The Cuban People

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stogie Interviews The Local Homeless
Meet Randy
He is 29, born In Panama. He has lived in Tampa 5 years. Been homeless 3 of those years. Has no family. Lives on the street. Says he doesn't want help, he just wants a job. He was crying throughout our chat.
Painting Your Heart Out In Ybor

Mayor Pam Iorio calls Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa "...the best all-volunteer program that this community has ever had." And it is!

Ava Lowery - Camp Casey Easter 2007

Hamas Says, America and Israel Will Be Annihilated
Acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Sheik Ahmad Bahr from Hamas, Declared during a Friday Sermon at a Sudan Mosque that America and Israel Will Be Annihilated and Called upon Allah to Kill the Jews and the Americans "to the Very Last One" it here

HARRY REID: Gonzales Should Resign, Bush Should Fire Him

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sarasota And Largo
A Large Bridge Apart

"The people of Sarasota don't have an issue, you have an issue," Commissioner Fredd Atkins told a reporter asking about Stanton's application. "We have the same rules and regulations for every applicant. ... Any qualified candidate can apply."
"He would make a good city manager whether he applies as Steve or Susan,"...Former City Commissioner Mary Anne Servian
Sarasota adopted a non-discrimination ordinance in 2003 that includes sexual orientation.
So Mary, Andy, Harriet, Gay And Gigi. This Is How They Do It In The Real World. Good Job Sarasota.
Just Tell People You Are Canadian

Christian Cox, a US citizen living in London, wrote to the BBC news website to express her concern about the amount of abuse she receives because of her nationality. Ms Cox, 29, says she has been called, among other things, "terrorist", "scum", "low life", and feels that she is constantly being held to account for the actions of President Bush and for US foreign policy.....more
Kucinich To Launch Cheney Impeachment Push
On April 25
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the former mayor of Cleveland who is seeking the 2008 Democratic nomination for president for the second time, has selected a date to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.......more

Thursday, April 19, 2007

In Miami, Some Terrorists Are Honored Guests

After a two-year battle with immigration authorities, Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, looking frail and unsteady on his feet, arrived in Miami on Thursday after being released on $350,000 bond by a federal court in El Paso, Texas.......more
Flashback May 2005: Posada Speaks To......Miami Herald
The Bush Dynasty And The Cuban
What Castro Has To
Cubana Flight 455
Do They Still Have Orlando Bosch Day?
Dr. Dean On Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Individual freedom should apply to abortion decision. I believe that the issue of abortion is a medical rather than a political decision. I don't see how a government regulation that tells doctors how to practice medicine can be supported. Republicans claim that they are the party of individual freedom, but they are the first to tell other people how to live their lives................ Howard Dean, Dec 3,

NRA Boasts About Working Out Of White House

The National Rifle Association last year spent $6 million supporting some political candidates and attacking others. The independent Political Moneyline website reported that 85 per cent of that expenditure went to Republican Party candidates.

Politicians Duck For Cover At Talk Of Gun Control

The response of America's political leaders to the deaths at Virginia Tech was so muted it was no louder than a sob. Among two firearms used by Cho Seung-hui was a legally bought Glock 19, loaded with a high-capacity magazine that could hold 15 bullets at a time. This magazine was illegal until 2004, when a federal law controlling the possession and sale of semi-automatic assault weapons lapsed.....more

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Ronda Probes ChildNet

A Florida Senate committee is preparing to investigate the scandal at ChildNet, the Broward child welfare program embroiled in allegations of forgery, fraud, kickbacks and security problems.......more

"I'm not looking the other way if you are going to be a bad actor. I am not going to shelter you from criticism."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Iraqi Boy Scout Jamboree

"The Runaway Presidency"

The United States of America was born during the Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason. America was conceived by a learned generation angry with power-mad absolute rulers. On the eve of the country's birth, as popular outrage bubbled to the surface, Great Britain's King George III and monarchs of other nations were above the law. An adage at the time was "the king can do no wrong."........more

Bush and Cheney function as kings. This isn't what America's founders had in mind.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Statement of Howard Dean on Virginia Tech Tragedy
“Today our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the students, faculty and administration officials at Virginia Tech. Our nation is devastated by this tragedy and mourns with those who lost loved ones today.”
Charlie Joins Tax Protesters

Protesters came to Tallahassee Tuesday to urge legislators to pass a property tax reform measure. Gov. Charlie Crist attended the rally. "You have the power," Crist told the protesters. "You're making the difference. This is your state. It's your money, and you're going to get it back."...........more

Mayor Of Nagasaki Killed by Mobster

Backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Iccho Itoh was campaigning for his fourth term in office before Sunday's elections. He was an active figure in the movement against nuclear proliferation, heading a coalition of Japanese cities calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
"Mayor Itoh had a strong and boundless passion for peace," said Sunao Tsuboi, leader of a survivors' group based in Hiroshima, a city also flattened by a U.S. atomic bomb in 1945.......more
things that make you say "hmmm"
Truckloads Of Food Worth More Than $40 million Are Being Thrown Away
After FEMA Ran Out Of Storage Space
As many as 6 million prepared meals stockpiled near potential victims of the 2006 hurricane season spoiled in the Gulf Coast heat last summer when the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran short of warehouse and refrigeration space. Most of the meals were commercial versions of the military's Meals Ready to Eat, which were ruined despite being engineered to withstand the demands of desert and jungle
Al-Jazeera Big, but Not in U.S.

Al-Jazeeras English language television has gained strong viewership across Europe and in parts of Asia, Australia and even in Israel, according to station executives, but no major cable or satellite provider in the United States is carrying the channel - a decision the network blames on political pressure but which U.S. carriers deny......more
Sarasota Clowns Headed To Auction
After a rough six months on the streets, the 50 clown statues scattered throughout the city are heading to market......more

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Nightwatchman - Tom Morello

A28: Impeachment Summer Begins This Spring!
Let's put the word IMPEACH! everywhere on April 28. If you're in Miami you'll be able to voice your opinion directly to George Bush himself. It just so happens on the day of nationwide impeachment protests Bush is scheduled to give the commencement address at Miami Dade Community
St. Pete for Peace will be providing transportation from St. Petersburg to Miami
E-mail for more info
Most Knowledgeable Americans Watch 'Daily Show' and 'Colbert'
Bringing up the rear were regular watchers of Fox News
Democrats and Republicans were about equally represented in the most knowledgeable group but there were more Democrats in the least aware

Big Media Hall of Shame

Sarasota Protests Genocide In Darfur

Nearly 500 people rallied here Sunday to call attention to the genocide in Darfur, the region of Sudan whose humanitarian crisis has spawned calls for intervention from grass-roots organizations around the country.......more

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Barack Obama At The Cuban Club, Ybor City
Nice Crowd

What We Wanted To Hear

Kate Was In Da House