Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pam Bondi is Florida’s Loser of 2014

Pam Bondi. It's hard to imagine how someone who won re-election so handily could emerge from 2014 more wounded and diminished as our Republican attorney general. Put aside the unseemly junkets funded by groups seeking to influence her. Bondi's clumsy communication skills and relentless defense of Florida's gay marriage ban have made her a modern-day Anita Bryant.....more

Stogie Recommends

All Is Lost is a 2013 survival film written and directed by 
J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea.  Redford is the only cast member, and the film 
has very few spoken words. here

The Citrus Taliban tries to stop gay marriages with lawsuit

A conservative group is trying to stop a county clerk of courts, Orlando's mayor and a judge from helping same-sex couples get married next week in Florida. 

A Few Hours Left to Make a Big Difference to WMNF!

We know you are asked to support several worthy organizations at the end of the year.  Please take a moment to consider the value that WMNF adds to your life and to the vitality of the community now and every day. here 

Florida Banana Republican T-Shirt

Florida - Land Of The Banana Republican
Order Here

Ethics Training For Florida Senators

Legislators are reserving two hours of committee meeting time next week for members of the Florida Senate to receive ethics training. here

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tampa SWAT Marijuana Raid

$2 worth of marijuana
How we "Git ur done" in Tampa, Florida
Jason Westcott RIP

Local Hero Christina Ammons

Little Bubba and Diesel 
 My name is Christina and I am a law enforcement officer in Tampa Florida. Several months ago I discovered a colony of over forty cats and small kittens in an area where I work. I am in the process of building a large building which will be constructed into a kitty haven for these boys and girls to safely live out their lives free from worry and possible harm at the hands of humans. I am seeking assistance of any kind to help me with food and other necessities to carry this out. Most will need veterinarian treatment as well. Anything will help and I thank you for taking the time to listen to their story! here

Robert Reich's 2014 year in review

Join Central Florida Norml

Central Florida NORML! 
 We wont stop till responsible Central Floridian marijuana users have the rights they deserve! Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana ...prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly. here

Highlights of IFAW’s 2014 Work Protecting Animals

AAA: Free Tows On Years Eve


Monday, December 29, 2014

GOP Consultants Mock Floridians

Data Targeting
The mega-shady, right-wing outfit 
that drew our extraordinarily gerrymandered legislative and congressional boundaries 
for the 
Florida GOP 
in direct violation of our state constitution wants you to take it deep. Check out the Christmas card they sent us. here
 Make THE Experience More Memorable.

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

Tampa Bay Locavore

Meet Charlie and Bob. Owners of the local food delivery service
A List Steaks And Stuff
Call them at 813.935.2495 or visit them here

Manhattan Monica In Ybor City

The Vin 2014 Stupid State Award: Florida Wins Again

FLORIDUH!! He didn't even fool you once, you knew he was a criminal. And then he got elected. He cut funding for everything and gave to his cronies, he ruthlessly cut disabled children's funding, locked up medically fragile children in adult nursing homes, and he abandoned his own rescue puppy.
Fool you once, shame on you. Fool you twice... what the fuck? This proves Florida deserves the title of My Stupid State. here

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Florida Cracker In Ybor

My favorite Cigar City Beer.
I had just opened a cold one standing on a balcony on 7th ave. Then the truck came along, it was faith. Drink local, support local beers.

Gulfport's Cathy Salustri

"Blogging before blogging was a thing people did to make money. I still don’t make money blogging, because I’m keeping it real. And bringing it back." here

January Solidarity Sunday at Lee's

Do you have a boss?Do you like beer? 
Tampa's monthly worker meetup resumes with beer and pizza 
on the patio at Lee's.
 Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
2210 N Central Ave, Tampa info

History of Ybor City

Friday, December 26, 2014

Support Cuban Bloggers

Many people want to do something to help the bloggers directly. The most important thing is to read them, talk about them, comment on their blogs, share their blogs with others,

keep them IN THE PUBLIC EYE, 
which is a shield that helps to 
protect them.

If you want to help with a donation, one way to do that, from the comfort of your home, is to 
put money in their cell phone accounts.
This allows them to KEEP communicating, Twittering, making and accepting calls and text messages within Cuba and overseas. info

Tampa's Centre For Girls

Visit them here

Ybor Paparazzi

Carlos Hermida of Central Florida NORML at Tequilas

Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Pepper Steak with Fried Rice
At China Palace in North Port
Visit them here

Stogie Recommends

Goodbye World is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Denis Hennelly and written by Hennelly and Sarah Adina Smith. It tells the story of a couple who raise their daughter while living off the grid, until a disaster brings about radical changes in the life they have been living and the way they will view their friends. here

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Time for Cubans to decide for Cubans

The American President, Barack Obama, decided on behalf of Cubans. His holiness the Pope decided on behalf of Cubans. The Army General Raul Castro decided on behalf of the Cubans. Everyone, except the Cubans , decided on behalf of Cubans. here

Miami Cuban Mafia Exposed

Opens Nationwide Dec. 25th, 2014

La Senora
(Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)

El Guapo
(Marco Rubio)

(Mario Rafael Díaz-Balart)

Also starring
Mel Martinez as El Jefe
and Rick Scott as Shifty

Suitable for those under 17 years of age only when accompanied by an adult.

Equality Florida Prepared To Fight

Most of Florida's 67 clerks of court don't plan to issue marriage licenses to 
gay couples on Jan. 6. here

"We are prepared to fight," 
Sharon Kersten, Equality Florida

"I've been with the gay community on the issue of equality, forever. I want to see this resolved," Pat Frank, clerk for Hillsborough County


My name is Christina and I am a law enforcement officer in Tampa Florida. Several months ago I discovered a colony of over forty cats and small kittens in an area where I work. I learned that some people feed the cats when they are around but that is not constant because they are fisherman on shrimp boats. Although their intentions are noble, I have never seen fresh water put out for the cats so they drink out of rain puddles in the parking lot when available. As a result, everyone is dehydrated and almost all suffer from some sort of cold or upper respiratory infection. I am seeking assistance of any kind to help me with food and other necessities to carry this out. Most will need veterinarian treatment as well. Anything will help and I thank you for taking the time to listen to their story!

Feliz Navidad Tampa Bay

Join the Coffee Party Movement

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The politics of normalizing relations with Cuba

Marco Rubio's Selective Memory

About Cuban Terrorism

The Revolution Is Being Televised

Coral Springs Lawyer Nancy K. Brodzki

Says that she is willing to sue any county clerk in Florida who does not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning January 6, 2015. That is when Judge Hinkle's stay in the federal marriage equality case expires. And, on Friday, the SCOTUS declined to extend the stay. here 

Joe Cocker RIP

Florida's Political Ditch Diggers of 2014

Steve Southerland
Alvin Brown
Charlie Crist
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Pam Bondi

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jon Rector: Put Christ back in Christian

The GOP (Government of the People) 
is anything but "...of the People." 
And, this so-called Christian nation of ours that the right-wingers thump their holy book of fables about is anything but Christian. Now there is some serious hypocrisy for you.
Now, a little holiday cheer. I saw this on-line the other day: Instead of putting Christ back in Christmas, how about putting Christ back in Christian?


Hypocrisy is nothing new to Florida’s Junior Senator.  Time and again we have seen he has contradicted himself on one issue after another. Rubio knows little about foreign policy yet consistently sounds off on the subject.

Yoani Sánchez: A New Era for Cuba and the United States

The myth of the enemy is over; 
the difficult reality of 
coexistence has begun.

Big Tampa Election Coming. Are You In?

Here's how we're going to start off 2015 with wins: We're going to keep Tampa City Council 100% blue! Let me know if you're up for helping to spread the word about/attend events
for our great Progressive Champions running.
 We're literally working right now to insure victory. Hope you'll be in with us! 

Mike Fox 727-320-4502

Halestorm - I Miss The Misery

Florida Cubans divided over US-Cuba rapprochement

Help Build A Stronger Progress Florida For 2015

Our network of supporters throughout the state forms the backbone of Progress Florida. As 2015 fast approaches, it's important we know more about what issues are most important to you and how you prefer to interact with us so we can build better, more effective campaigns.
should take you around three minutes. Thanks for your input in helping us build a better organization, and let's keep up our fight to 
move Florida forward!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Miami Cuban Mafia: La Familia Lash Out

The Miami Cuban Mafia began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new policy on Cuba, focusing on areas where congressional 
consent is necessary. here

Remember La Familia is very happy to deal with China. here

Learn more about the MCM here

Ybor Surveillance

Centro Ybor

The Supreme Court of the United States Denies Pam Bondi's Request

In a one page order released Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request for an emergency stay on Judge Robert Hinkle's August ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. here

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Pallomia steak
With Garbanzo Bean soup and White Rice
At  Azucar Sandwich Shop, 3137 S 50th St, Tampa