Thursday, June 30, 2016

America This Is Your Florida. Do Something About It. Help Us

Algae is everywhere in the southern part of the Treasure Coast, and it's spreading.  Last weekend, all public beaches in Martin County, and many in St. Lucie County, were closed. Ocean waters turned emerald green. here

Rick Scott and the Florida GOP are in the sugar industry's pocket. This is the stuff of destitute Third World backwaters.  This is Rick Scott's Florida.  This is "Big Sugar's" Florida.  This is our Florida.  America, this is your Florida.  Do something about it. Help us. The nation as a whole needs to hear more about this. A national spotlight needs to be shined on the likes of Scott and the sugar industry, with the clear message: in the wake of our own Love Canal, our own Three Mile Island, these people chose the status quo. And as a result, a beautiful coastal region that ought to be a national treasure has been turned into a toilet.
Tourist and locals beware: The toxins can cause nausea and vomiting if swallowed. Touching can lead to a rash and breathing may lead hay fever symptoms. Liver disease is linked to drinking water with toxins.

Allegations Donald Trump Bribed Pam Bondi

A Massachusetts attorney filed federal complaints Wednesday seeking criminal indictments tied to allegations Donald Trump “bribed” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi by donating $25,000 to her political committee as she was reviewing complaints related to his now-defunct real estate school. here

LHNB Goods Delivery and Children's Arts Workshop

Love Has No Borders members launch our mutual aid Goods Delivery Program of food care packages, books, clothing and toys to resettled families in the Key Vista community in Tampa. 
This community celebrates a wide diversity of folks coming from every corner of the globe. 
Through sharing what we've got, we seek to enliven the beautiful and inclusive world we fight for. 
This will be a door to door delivery program for pre-signed up folks. Afterwards we will converge with the children to hold arts workshops, activities and share a fun afternoon with snacks and togetherness. 

Deliveries will go from 3-5pm 
Arts Worshops will go from 5-7pm.

Florida's Culture Of Corruption: Rick Scott

With another $100,000 donation earlier this month, the US Sugar Corporation has become one of Gov. Rick Scott top financial supporters. Since October, US Sugar has now given Scott $200,000 in donations for a political committee Scott runs called Let’s Get to Work. In hitting the $200,000 threshold, US Sugar became one of Scott’s five biggest donors since the start of 2015. here

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fight For 15 Protest: Checkers In Tampa

From the Florida Fight For 15 campaign:
Bleu got fired for being sick after over heating at Checkers, we are marching and speaking at his work site . It is clearly retaliation for his involvement on our campaign. 2820 west MLK in Tampa.

Florida GOP Voters Taking It Deep

Massive toxic algae blooming around the southern half of the Florida peninsula, coating public health, tourism, business and real estate on both Florida coasts with dangerous scum, is the real consequence to taxpayers and voters of losing their bet on Republican leadership: Gov. Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, state representative Matt Caldwell, US Senator Marco Rubio, and all the insiders and cronies they corralled to serve on boards like the water management districts and Public Service Commission. This isn’t hyperbole. 
A real bet was made by voters. 
A real bet was lost. here

DR. FARID KHAVARI for Miami-Dade County Mayor 2016

No time for “politics as usual” when we face life-threatening problems.
We have had too many years of corrupt crony politics and stupid, wealth-transferring projects in Miami-Dade County.  Meanwhile, long-term problems were ignored, and now are growing into life-threatening emergencies.
Saltwater is rushing into our aquifer. Instead of fixing that, Mayor Gimenez wants to sell our water system so a private company like FPL can suck money out of us forever!
If we don’t get real plans and new leadership in Miami-Dade County, we should flee South Florida while we still can!
What will our homes be worth when there’s saltwater coming out of our faucets? When the ocean is in our streets? When there’s Fukushima event at the Turkey Point nuclear plant? And sewage all over the place? 
What good will new stadiums and fancy condos and nice slogans do us then?
Every day the people are gouged by tolls, red light cameras, even pet fees, to fund stupid projects that make a few people richer at our expense.  Every day more saltwater flows into our aquifer. 
People struggle to make a living, and now we face more FP&L rate hikes? Next we’ll be paying FPL for two new nuclear plants, even though they have problems cooling Turkey Point and are even taking water from the Everglades!
The good news is that solving these problems is the biggest economic opportunity in the history of Miami-Dade County!
But politics as usual won’t get the job done. 
Visit him here. He is running a grassroots campaign, help him out here

Only one candidate for Miami-Dade Mayor has solutions: Farid Khavari. 

The Ultimate Seafood Sauce: Tampa Bay Crab Chilau

Lights Out Death Cage Tea Dance w/Rev. Billy & Ronny

7.2 - 8PM
Skippers Smokehouse - Tampa

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ybor City Chickens

7th Ave and 21th St.

Kevin Beckner Is Being Targeted By The Tampa Bay Partnership

As a result of Commissioner Kevin Beckner's NO vote on TBX June 22, he is being targeted by the Tampa Bay Partnership (TBXYes).
Targeting was made most clear when he received an email from the TBP VP, Public Policy and Advocacy, 
Ryan Patmintra .
The message was directed to all TBP members and MPO Board members. It summarized the vote count, identified those voting NO and the races they are in this cycle, if any.
Please support Kevin now as he supported us. Come to the fundraiser or visit his campaign website and leave a donation at
Thank you ... Rick Fernandez

Walk With Pat Kemp On The 4th

Temple Terrace - Lutz - Brandon

No On 2 Propaganda

In a new commercial designed to scare voters, No on 2 is falsely claiming that Amendment 2 would replace pharmacists with "budtenders."
The truth is fairly simple. Federal law's prohibition of marijuana legally prevents doctors from "prescribing" medical marijuana and pharmacists from dispensing.  However, in states where medical marijuana is legal, doctors may "recommend" medical marijuana that can only be dispensed in a licensed dispensary. 
That's the way it works in 25 other states where patients with cancer, MS, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and other serious conditions can find relief.

Not that this is a surprise. The No On 2 campaign, underwritten in part by a couple who have made a fortune running a drug treatment center accused of torturing its patients, has made up lies from the beginning.
They immorally delayed relief for hundreds of thousands of patients by keeping us under 60% in 2014—mainly by misleading voters about what the law actually said. 

Thank you to the Greenspoon & Marder Law firm, which has generously offered to match your donation, dollar for dollar.
Ben PollaraCampaign Manager,  United for Care

25 of the Most Ridiculous “Florida Man” Headlines

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Purge Begins In Tampa: Cindy Stuart

Out: Pro TBX Cindy Stuart
In: Alicia Toler
Visit her here

ternational Day of Al Quds In Orlando

Harbor Island to Ybor Timelapse

The Life and Death of Andrew Joseph, III

7.23 - 1:30PM
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library

Pee Wee's story takes on an emotional and challenging topic—criminalization of black children —and is dedicated to helping foster an informed and rational dialogue on the issue. It looks behind the fear, hype and politics that polarize people into emotionally charged camps, and takes a penetrating look at the devastating impact of mass criminalization on our communities. 

Q&A with Andrew and Deanna Joseph will follow the screening. We are really excited to share this film with you! {Light refreshments will be served}.

Loser of the week: Patrick Murphy

Democratic elites touted the young congressman as a mighty candidate for U.S. Senate. But every week more revelations emerge about Murphy inflating his resume, and every week it looks more and more like there's nothing there beyond daddy's checkbook. here

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Party With Jessica Rose On The 4th Of July

Monday July 4th - 6PM
Bar Fly in Safety Harbor

HCC Hawk TV Interview with Larry Mitchell on Ybor City Chickens

Tampa's Famous Malfunction Junction

What Pilar Had For Lunch

Sweet and Sour Chicken
With Soup
At Golden Wok in Spring Hill
Visit them here. Eat Local!

Did Kimberly Overman Scare Les Miller Into Doing The Right Thing?

A week after Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman said she would be taking on Miller in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 race, she drops out. Miller voted no on TBX. here 
USF Professor Doug Jesseph warned lawmakers on the MPO that they were putting their political futures in doubt if they supported the TBX. “If you have political ambitions, you should take note,” he said. “Support TBX and literally hundreds of
people will work 
tirelessly for your electoral downfall.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Purge Begins In Tampa: Sandy Murman

Out: Pro TBX - Sandy Murman
In: Stop TBX - Jeffrey Zampitella
Check him out here

Ybor Paparazzi

Manny Potter
Of Venture XXVI
Visit him here

A Day in the St. Pete Sunshine

Poll: Pat Kemp Leads

A new poll shows Pat Kemp leading the Democratic primary for the District 6 countywide Hillsborough County Commission seat. Kemp led the four candidates with the support of 34 percent of those polled. Tom Scott drew 24 percent, John Dicks 6 percent and Brian Willis, the leading fundraiser in the primary, got 4 percent. here

No Loitering In Riverside CA.

While in Cali. canvassing my partner stopped at a 7-11 for a smoke break. We were not there 5 minutes when this guy came up and told us we could not "Camp out there?" that we had to move or he was calling the cops. I complained to the store manager and was told I had to talk to the landlord. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tampa's Unforgiven

 Cindy Stuart
Harry Cohen
 Ken Hagan
 Sandra Murman
Stacy White
Frank Chillura
Rick A. Lott
The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Florida Dept. of Transportation’s controversial Tampa Bay Express project on Thursday morning, adding it to its annual Transportation Improvement Plan for the next five years, despite intense passionate opposition. here
USF Professor Doug Jesseph warned the lawmakers on the MPO that they were putting their political futures in doubt if they supported the TBX. “If you have political ambitions, you should take note,” he said. “Support TBX and literally hundreds of people will work 
tirelessly for your electoral downfall.

Ybor Paparazzi

Ltamar J. Martinez
Of Free Attorney Referrals
Visit him here

Orlando Prosecutor Suspended For Racist Facebook Rant

Scott And Bondi's Discrimination Against LGBT Floridians

Gov. Scott has fought to maintain discrimination against LGBT Floridians since being elected. He and his Attorney General, Pam Bondi, vowed to never allow same sex marriage and spent tens of thousands in taxpayer funds to fight all court decisions that upheld equality. Bondi so strongly supported LGBT discrimination that in 2014, she said marriage equality must never be allowed because “that would impose significant public harm.” That was both divisive and untrue. Well, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for equality, and Scott and Bondi lost – resoundingly. But they clearly have not learned anything, since their campaign to discriminate against LGBT people lives on. here

Tourist Beware: Don't Drink Florida Water

With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials. here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Register To Vote Florida

Spent the day registering voters with my new friends in Belmont Heights. Thanks, you guys are awesome!

Miami Women Visit Dentist For Reproductive Healthcare

A group of women in Miami walked into a dental office seeking pap smears and treatment for yeast infections. About a dozen women crowded into a dental clinic at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami. "I came to see the dentist," said Yolanda Davis. "I have a bad yeast infection." Rosalie Whylie asked the receptionist if she could make an appointment for a pap smear. A representative from the dental clinic, who did not identify herself, told the women the dentists do not offer those types of services. But the women insisted, saying that Florida's GOP-led legislature instructed them to come to a dental clinic for women's health care. here

Fire Marco Rubio For Not Doing His Job

Rubio has gained a reputation for hating his job and seems to have all but given up on doing it, racking up the Senate’s “the worst attendance record, missing 35 percent, or 120 of the 339 roll votes” last year. He even skipped votes on bills that he talked about on the presidential campaign trail. here

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Moo Goo Gai Pan
With Fried Rice
At China 1 in Ybor City

Florida Woman arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up Sunrise mosque

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ybor Paparazzi

At Elmer's Sports Cafe
Visit them here

Florida's Culture Of Corruption: Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi had shown that her priority wasn't the public.
Bondi joined the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. Last summer, Bondi also joined the lawsuit against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and sea level rise. According to a study  no state faces a greater threat from rising seas than Florida. Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Jacksonville are the cities most at risk. Yet Bondi would block the program that allows states to create plans for reducing emissions by 2020. here
Given her resistance to the Affordable Care Act and the Clean Power Plan, it is no surprise that Bondi placed her political interests above the interests of Floridians who complained to the state that Trump University scammed them. The difference is the clarity of Bondi's selfishness.

Ybor City Roosters

In Ybor roosters rule!

Vote For Solar Florida

The Florida August Primary Election is right around the corner and Amendment 4, a proposal to remove taxes on solar power, 
is on the ballot. here
To sign up to vote by mail, visit Don’t live in Florida? Share this blog with pro-solar family and friends in the Sunshine State!

Florida INC. Income Inequality

The top 1 percent of wage earners in Florida make $1.27 million on average, nearly 35 times more than the bottom 99 percent, for which the average income is $36,530. here

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dezeray Lyn: Fuck Jails. Fuck Judges

"I have to let everyone in Tampa know that we are now safer... I sat in a courtroom this morning doing jail solidarity and watched the police/judge keep my community 'safe' by delivering 'justice' in the form of sentencing a young houseless man to a year in jail for stealing food worth less than ten dollars from 7-11. 

This came from a judge who ten minutes earlier started shouting and had a young man arrested for his phone ringing in court. This is from the judge, "IF YOUR PHONE RINGS IN CHURCH, GOD SENDS YOU TO HELL! IN MY COURTROOM YOU GET SENT TO JAIL!" 

One young man facing life in prison who wouldn't take a plea deal because he insisted upon his innocence was treated like absolute shit for it. And our friend... Navigating life with mental health issues and crushing poverty will have a year in jail to review his 'crime' of thinking that food was a human right. One might assume that the poverty driving people to steal food, and the fact that so many thousands of our community members are on the streets, food insecure, hungry and lacking adequate medical care, would be an indictment of the ciry rather than the community members themselves. Fuck jails. Fuck judges." 
Dezeray Lyn

Rick Scott's Florida Neglect Of Children

Florida's children have fallen behind in economic well-being and health, earning the state the rank of 40th out of the 50 states in the latest annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. here

Register To Vote Florida

Meet Marilyn 
Registering people to vote in Ybor City

Walk with Kevin in the Brandon 4th of July Parade!

July 4th - 10AM

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Citrus Taliban In Tampa

A Christian local government employee in Tampa has claimed that flying a Pride flag in wake of the Orlando shootings has created a “hostile work environment”. here

It is unclear why a worker would anonymously complain to a Republican anti-LGBT Commissioner but not to their direct superiors or anyone who could actually respond to their concerns beyond using them to make a political point.