Monday, September 30, 2013

I Am Rick Scott

Florida Counties Defy Scott On Affordable Care Act

Individual counties in Florida are resisting Gov. Rick Scott’s ban on a program designed to help Americans better understand their options under the Affordable Care Act. The Republican governor issued an order earlier this month to bar “navigators” trained to help people sign up for health insurance in Florida. Broward County, which contains 31 cities, is just one of the Florida counties defying the governor’s order. Both Pinellas County and Miami-Dade, Florida’s most populous county and the state’s second-highest uninsured population, have also announced they will allow navigators to assist residents in enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act........more
Where is Hillsborough County? Watch video here

Opt Out of Koch Propaganda, Not Obamacare

Free Shotguns In Florida

Members of a gun-rights group think they have the answer to combating crime — free shotguns and ammo to homeowners. Members of the Armed Citizen Project of Florida have been dropping leaflets on doorsteps in the Sunshine Gardens community near Orlando, offering to “arm volunteer households,” for free........more

Sunday, September 29, 2013

GOP's Ransom Demands

The GOP’s Descent Into Madness

Ted Cruz: The GOP’s self-made monster......more
GOP Raises Money For Democrats By Accident......more
Providing Health Care For Seniors And Veterans Is ‘Un-American’........more
Gay Marriage Will Lead to Interspecies Marriage......more
GOP Self-Implosion Continues.......more

Larry Klayman Sets Date

The totally-not-delusional Larry Klayman has finally set a date for his proposed uprising to remove President Obama from office: November 19, rotesters will “descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that he leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time” for pushing “his Muslim, socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-radical gay and lesbian agenda.”........more
They just convicted him in Ocala.
The Day the Clown Cried Wolf

Naples Goodwill Employee Andrew Anderson Arrested For Helping Poor

Goodwill says it no longer wants to press charges.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Congratulations To Rosario Dawson

Actress Rosario Dawson (A hero of ours around here) accepts the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award at the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Listen to her  Amazing Acceptance Speech.
Voto Latino, Visit her site here

What Stogie Had For Lunch

2 Real Tacos with rice
$5.00 At Don Julio's Cockteles in Wimauma.

Tampa Bay Homeless

Tampa's dancing homeless guy.

Florida's Right Wing Infestation

With Obamacare about to be implemented, Republicans are desperate to deny health care access to the uninsured. The deputy secretary of Florida’s Health Department has now ordered state health facilities to ban federal outreach workers—called “Navigators”—who are trying to sign people up for Obamacare subsidies. That’s right. The Florida Health Department—whose mission is to “protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida”—wants to deny the uninsured access to learning about federal health care subsidies they may be eligible for. Sign our petition, demanding that the Florida Health Department rescind this order—and allow health care Navigators in state health facilities to discuss the Affordable Care Act. here

Avowed Tea Partier Dan Tucker

Pinellas GOP state committeeman made fun of County Commissioner
 John Morroni’s health issues.
 “Doesn’t he have cancer of the brain… hmmm?”
Morroni does have cancer The  comment was made after Morroni’s endorsement of
Darden Rice for the St. Petersburg City Council.......more

Friday, September 27, 2013

Republicans are ‘Afraid that Americans Are Going to Like Obamacare’

In a few years they will be saying it was their idea.

Obama Convicted In Ocala

Sentenced to 10 years
On September 19, the Citizen's Court convicted President Barack Hussein Obama of lying to the American people about his birth certificate, which was alleged to be a forgery, after considerable investigation. This birth certificate, which was belatedly posted on the White House website after he was challenged about his eligibility to be president, since it was alleged that he is not a "natural born citizen" born in the United States to two American citizen parents, is not genuine but allegedly altered (see to view the verdict), Obama was indicted by a citizens' grand jury in Ocala, Florida. He was served with the indictment at the White House but refused to respond and plead his innocence, leading to a non-jury trial in Ocala for his false statements over his birth certificate to the American people and the people of Florida. These alleged false statements fraudulently allowed him to be placed on the Florida presidential ballot in 2008 and 2012, ultimately leading to his election and reelection........more

Green Eggs And Ham

Is this guy a moron or does he just act like one,
does he even know what this book is all about?

Free Marissa Alexander

Ms.  Alexander sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a "warning shot" during an argument with her abusive husband won a new trial on Thursday in a case under Florida's controversial self-defense law. A state appeals court ruled that Marissa Alexander, deserved a new trial because the judge failed to properly instruct the jury regarding her claim of self-defense........more

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Am Rick Scott

Habitat Hillsborough BUILD UP Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we invite you to join us for an amazing two-day event, October 10 and 12, 2013, to help build a home and increase breast cancer awareness. During these two days, all the construction on the home will be led by women.
Yvonne Meredith
813 239 2242

Grand Theft Tampa Bay

In 2006, the GOP controlled legislature, at the behest of an army of utility lobbyists and their wads of campaign cash, passed a law allowing utility companies to charge customers upfront for the future construction of nuclear plants, even if they don’t actually build one. And get this, now that Duke Energy has finally declared that they won’t be building any new nuclear plants, we don’t get any of our money back. Even more absurd, we’re going to continue to pay Duke Energy $108 million dollars a year for the cancelled nuclear plants. Join us this Saturday, September 28th at 10:30 am in downtown St. Petersburg in front of Duke Energy of  Florida headquarters and tell them, and the politicians and regulators in their back-pocket, “enough is enough!” It’s time to tell Duke Energy, their bought and paid for elected officials in leadership, and the so called “Public Service Commission” to stop ripping us off.
Who: Everyone! Florida Ratepayers, Small Business Owners, Concerned Citizens
What: Rally for Ratepayer Refund and Teach In
Where: 299 1st Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Saturday Sept 28th @ 10:30am

Totally Biased: The Florida Intervention

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Is Ted Cruz A Liberal Plant?

one senior House Republican said "Cruz is the leader of a secret cabal of leftists that are seeking control of the conservative movement. Their aim is to force the party to take on suicidal missions to destroy the movement from within." After all he is from  Canada where he learned to love Socialism and all that Socialized Medicine shit. And his father is Cuban, he has traveled to Cuba and he has refused to discuss the things he learned from Fidel Castro. Keep up the good work Mr. Cruz we will be cheering for you in the primaries.....more
Pic thanks to Dante Hadley at Mad Mug.

What Stogie Had For Lunch

One of Brew Town's great burgers

Ybor Paparazzi

At The Czar. Were they texting each other?

Help JJ From Seminole County

I desperately need your help to pressurize our local public school into providing my 9 year-old son’s work in an accessible format. My son, JJ, has multiple and severe physical disabilities; he can’t walk, he’s unable to hold things in his hands, he’s visually impaired and uses a computer to talk (go to OK4JJ on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bill Gunter aka The Beer Boogeyman

 Along time ago before he found god Bill Gunter was know around the beaches of Bradenton as The beer boogeyman. He would run into convenience stores at night and steal two to three cases of beer, along with some potato chips, can't forget the chips. He smoked his first joint when he was in the 5th grade. From marijuana, he went onto LSD, reds, valium and speed. “My parents found pot and rolling papers in my laundry,” he added. “I smoked pot in my room, and pretty much did what I wanted to do because my parents were scared of me.” His dream was to play football at a major university but if that didn't work out he  had already planned his alternative occupation: to work with a cocaine dealer as a thug. “I was on my way to it already. I was hired once – I drove by and shot at a man’s house and broke his windows.  Pasco beware, read more about Mr. Bill here 

Our Mayor Is A Democrat?

Where the hell have I been, when did this happen?

Una Noche Official Trailer

Una Noche is a Cuban-set drama-thriller film written and directed by Lucy Mulloy. It premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and 2012 Tribeca Film Festival to international critical acclaim and "earning rave reviews

1.2 Million Uninsured Floridians

As you read this, 1.2 million hard-working, uninsured Floridians are one-illness away from bankruptcy, forced to use emergency rooms for primary care and are being refused the benefits of our nation’s new health care law. Why? Because the Florida legislature has refused federal funding to expand health care to these families in dire need.
Call 866-443-1844 today and tell your state representative that it is time to stop playing politics and expand health care for more than one million hard-working Floridians.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tampa Fundraiser for Amanda Murphy

September 30, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tampa Museum of Art
120 West Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa
In this special election to replace Mike Fasano, Amanda Murphy is challenging extremist Republican pastor Bill Gunter.  This district leans Democratic, with 4,000 more Ds registered than Rs.  But victory in a special election is all about turning out the most voters.  Your support will help send a talented, progressive woman to Tallahassee to represent all Floridians.  Please join us to meet Amanda and be part of her historic race. 

INEQUALITY FOR ALL - Official Trailer

Join Governor Howard Dean and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich on a special conference call for an advance preview
of the Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary
"Inequality for All."

I Am Rick Scott

Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King and Ted Yoho?

“It only takes one with passion ” said Representative Ted Yoho of Florida, one of the rank-and-file House Republicans who have risen up to challenge their party’s leadership over whether to confront the Senate and President Obama with their demands to cut off funding for the president’s health care law........more
“People with passion that speak up, they’ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.”

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Don't Let Rick Scott Fool You, He Has Been A Disaster For Our State

Must Read
Household income remains stagnant in Florida almost five years from the depth of the recession as the state's largest cities rank at the bottom in income levels for the nation's most populous metro areas, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday. Three Florida metro areas ranked at the bottom of the list for household income in the nation's 25 most populous cities. The Tampa metro area was last with a median household income of about $44,000 -- half that of Washington, D.C., the city at the top of the list. Metro Orlando was the next lowest at $46,000, followed by South Florida -- made up of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach -- at $46,600. labor activists say Florida's leaders are partially to blame for giving tax breaks to corporations instead of investing more money in education, Medicaid expansion and public transportation. .......more
2014 can't come soon enough!

Heartless GOP: Steak, Caviar And Vodka

One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak. Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,"

Apopka Man Arrested For Protesting Red Light Cameras

66-year-old Mark Schmidter was on the corner handing out fliers to motorists stopped at red lights. The fliers had a petition and a message about a city council meeting, where citizens could voice their concerns about red light cameras. Schmidter was approached by a police officer. He told the officer he didn't have a permit for the protest, and when asked for identification, responded that as he wasn't driving, he had no need for ID. When he continued to (peacefully) resist the officer's requests for identification or information about who he was, the officer cuffed him and made an arrest. Schmidter's argument about the cameras was that,
Red light cameras are all about money - not safety......more

Nancy Pelosi In Tampa

A little high for a single working mom, but still a lot cheaper then Rick Scott's shindig in Pinellas.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Rick Scott Touts New Obamacare Jobs In Tampa

We are blessed in Florida with mild winters, good Cuban food and spectacular, mind-bending politics that turns other states green with envy. Consider Wednesday's big economic story: A company called HealthPlan Services announced it would add 1,000 jobs in Tampa over the next five years. HealthPlan Services is adding people largely because of the new national health-care law pushed by President Barack Obama and fiercely opposed by most Republicans, including (at least initially) Scott. In fact, as the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Bousquet reminds us, Scott called the health-care law "the biggest job killer ever," last year in an interview with FOX News........more
Read what Mitch Perry has to say about it here

Amanda Murphy, Democrat, for Florida State House, District 36

 The Republicans picked their man to replace Republican Mike Fasano in House District 36. Bill Gunter, a candidate handpicked by Republican leadership in Tallahassee and funded by Rick Scott's wealthy allies. We know the Republicans in Tallahassee will spend big for their handpicked candidate and to try and continue Rick Scott’s agenda: cuts to education, higher insurance rates, and no access to health care. Check out Democrat Amanda Murphy.

Friends Of Stogie

 At Gaspar's Patio in Temple Terrace

$50K Per Couple For Rick Scott's Pinellas Fundraiser

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Citrus Taliban: David Caton

 Florida Family Association Labels Al Jazeera America 'Jihad TV'
The far-right Florida Family Association is planning to run an aerial banner this Sunday before the Cincinnati Bengals game criticizing Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, for running ads on Al Jazeera America........more
I wonder how his addiction to pornography is going?

Bill Nelson Will Vote Yes For War On Syria

Over 60 protesters stormed his Jacksonville office on Sept. 12, demanding that the senator renounce his support for President Barack Obama’s proposed military strike on Syria......more

Right Wing 2016

Bumper stickers are ready, get them here.

Tim Tebow A Jacksonville Jaguar?

A group of Jacksonville Jaguars fans held a rally in order to convince the owners of the Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow as their next quarterback. It started at 3:16 PM and was to last for 3 hours and 16 minutes (all allusions to Tebow’s faith, of course). It drew a whopping crowd of 20 people.....more. They have a website, check them out here. The folks that don't want him there The Bold City Brigade, a nonprofit organization in Jacksonville which seeks to expand and embolden the fan-base, has created a website called

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Pot Steak
With Black Beans and Rice
$6.50 at Super Saver Supermarket, 2001 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa 
Every time I am in Suitcase City I always eat here. Great Spanish food.

Gwen Graham Within 2 Points Of The Incumbent Republican

Emily’s List poll: Southerland 44, Graham 42
A poll in the congressional race between Rep. Steve Southerland and Gwen Graham shows her nipping at the incumbent Republican’s heels, trailing by less than the poll’s error margin. The poll was done for Emily’s List, a political action group that supports Democratic women candidates, by Clarity Campaign Labs, a relatively new Washington-based polling and political consulting firm.......more
Lets help her out here 

Florida Medical Marijuana News

Florida Bans Workers From Signing Up People for Obamacare

The Florida Department of Health is banning outreach workers from signing up uninsured people for Obamacare at county health facilities. The outreach workers, also called "Navigators," are only allowed to distribute materials related to Obamacare by request. HHS spokesman Fabien Levy said,
"This is another blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz slammed Fla. Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Twitter: “Time to end the political theatrics and work on implementation, not more obstruction.”.......more

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WMNF Fall Marathon!

See what all the fun and fuss are about joining the Circle of Friends! Explore the benefits and rewards of joining the Circle of Friends! Contact Laura Taylor, Development Director, at 813-865-8260 or email!

Sun Sentinel Reporter Goes Off on Tea Partier

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

The Polk County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program will teach you how to landscape the Florida-Friendly way! This means conserving water and practicing environmentally sustainable landscape maintenance practices. Any landscape can be Florida-Friendly if it is designed and maintained following the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping........more

Zimmerman Is A Sandy Hook, Aurora Waiting To Happen

Apparently Zimmerman does not have a friend in his local police chief. Steve Bracknell, who heads the department in Lake Mary, Florida, where Zimmerman lives, agreed with some pretty intense criticisms of the acquitted killer contained in two angry emails he received Tuesday about Zimmerman's recent altercation with his wife. "Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen," the emailer, Santiago Rodriguez, asserted, in an email posted online. "Your job is to protect the communities you serve, and you are failing big time."........more

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School

An online petition with more than 78,000 signatures requests a reconsideration of the name of a Florida high school christened after the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, of the Duval County School District in Jacksonville, opened in 1959 and was named after the Confederate Army Lieutenant General during the Civil War who joined the KKK around early 1867......more>

Rick Scott Is Trying To Dupe Voters

Gov. Rick Scott is in trouble. With his favorability rating in the tank and his re-election campaign just around the corner, Scott has promised to spend $100 million of special-interest money to convince Floridians he isn’t who they think he is. The problem is Scott has done very little as governor to crow about........more>

Tampa, High Speed Chase and Shootout!

Watch and listen as Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor give this blow-by-blow account of the chase and shootout of a rape suspect, from the moment it began to the gunfire that ended it.

What Stogie Had For Lunch

The Royal Red Robin
At the Red Robin, Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Florida Republicans Fraud Alert

The potential for fraud in the 2012 presidential election was how Florida Republicans justified measures that made it tougher to register voters. So nine months after ballots were counted, where exactly are the culprits of voter registration fraud? The Florida Department of Law Enforcement hasn't found them. They did find 2, both involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a vendor for the Republican Party of Florida........more>