Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Our Case Against Gwen Graham

Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America: Repost From October 14, 2006

Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant
 in America today......more

Nina Turner - Single Payer Strategy

Coming to Tampa 11.4.2017

Florida Lawmakers Report Card

To achieve an "A" grade on the Report Card, lawmakers had to consistently vote to put "people first" instead of other, powerful interests. Only 31 of 158 members of the GOP-controlled Legislature received "A" grades. here

The Interstate Traveler Hydrogen Superhighway

Repost from November 27, 2007
If the Sunshine State had a real high-speed rail system, how would it look? Unlike most every other type of mass transit, the Hydrogen Superhighway requires no public investment for construction or maintenance. The Interstate Traveler is solar-powered! It manufactures its own hydrogen fuel with the power of the sun. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tampa Bay's Fake News Source

Aside from not being in the hunt for Amazon HQ2, what do Las Vegas and Tampa Bay share in common?
Both have daily newspapers that were bailed out by conservative billionaires.  Once categorized as “mainstream media,” the papers have rapidly transformed themselves into fake news sources. here

Hillsborough County Looking For Candidate

County Commissioner Dist. 2 
As of this date there are 2 Candidates 
GOP Ken Hagan: Corrupt politician who has found a loop hole to continue his dishonest ways. And unknown GOP Chris Paradies
Progressive Dems, Democratic Socialists
and Greens time to step up! here

Tampa Hoods: Ybor City

7th Ave

Dear Diary: November 30, 2020

It has been almost a month since Americans soundly defeated the fascist at the polls. I was awaken early this morning after a long night with friends at The Reservoir. I was shocked to see two well dressed men at my door. They asked me if they could come in to talk to me about the election. They said they were from Homeland Security and wanted to ask me a few questions about it. Of course since I had nothing to hide I told them to come in. I was polite, asked them to sit down and if they wanted me to make them some coffee.  They politely declined. 

I had volunteered in various ways for our new president. I was worried that I was on some kind of list and was in trouble. What they asked me was both shocking and unexpected. They wanted to know if I would give them a list of friends who had voted for and supported the fascist. They said they were rounding them up to stick in some kind of, as they put it "Reeducation Camps."

As misguided and ignorant my friends were they are still my friends. I had no clue what to say.
 Happy Halloween Tampa Bay!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hang Out With Berner Nina Turner In Tampa

Nina's courageous stand as a DNC insider turned Bernie Sanders for President surrogate shows Nina is a woman of character and vision, and you don't want to miss her inspirational energy.
Saturday, November 4 at 1:30 PM
Tickets are going fast. Get yours here

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Glen
He is a local

Right Wing Propaganda Tampa Bay Times

Adam C. Smith, who use to be a decent writer follows the new rules well. 
His Winner and losers of the week in 
Florida politics
Losers: Democrats Jeff Clemens
and Rick Kriseman
Winner: GOP Rick Scott
And then this story about a Trump backed singer no one has ever heard of challenging Charlie Crist.
What he had to say about Crist.
/governor/vice presidential finalist/washed-up
 former politician/now Congressman Charlie Crist’s career couldn’t get any weirder, there’s a new development.


What Stogie Had For Lunch

Fried Fish
With Rice
At Ming Garden in Tampa
 Eat Local!

Frederica Wilson Faces Threats After Criticizing Trump

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ybor City Musicians

At Centro Ybor

The Citrus Taliban Wants To End The Right To Privacy For All Floridians

The Constitution Revision Commission voted 30-2 to advance a proposal that would severely limit the constitutional right to privacy for all Floridians. If this doesn’t scare you, it should. here
Commissioner John Stemberger, president of the anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ Florida Family Policy Counsel, sponsored this proposed constitutional amendment.

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Tom
He is from  New Hampshire

Palm Beach County Deputy Jason Cooke Busted

Friday, October 27, 2017

Guido And Luis Get Dunked At Tampa City Hall

Guido Maniscalco and Luis Viera
Raising money for American Heart Association

Donate to the American Heart Association

Ken Hagan's Culture Of Corruption

Special interests war chest
Oover $400K dollars
Review of donors to his campaign
  • Stuart Sternberg, Rays owner
  • Strategic Property Partnership, Vinik
  • Amalie Arena
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, Vinik
  • Tampa Bay Storm, Vinik
  • Yankee Global Enterprises
  • Robert Dupuy- attorney in NY firm Foley and Lardner, recently was president and COO of Major League Baseball
  • Latvala's Florida Leadership PAC
Those donations are just the tip of the iceberg of Hagan's special interests donor war chest. After 16 years of being a county commissioner and being term limited out of his county seat next year, Hagan thinks he is entitled to 8 more years. Hagan is leap frogging back to a District 2 seat he has already held.
Since the county charter was enacted 34 years ago, no one else has ever done what Hagan is arrogantly and selfishly doing - violating the spirit of the county term limits in the county charter by abusing a loophole.....souce

Tampa Hoods: Ybor City

7th Ave

Right Wing Florida Parents Seek to Challenge Science Curriculum

Democratic Hispanic Caucus Welcome Florida GOP Carlos Curbelo

Please tell me about the difference in parties again
When The Congressional Hispanic Caucus meets today Curbelo is expected to be accepted. Letters will go out to all Republican members of Congress who are Hispanic.
Curbelo, who is up for re-election in 2018 in a Democratic leaning district in Miami, had asked to join the Democrats only Congressional Hispanic Caucus eight months ago, but said he was left wondering what happened to his application.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay T-Shirt

Show where you stand!
If you'd like to pre-order a shirt and haven't done so yet, They will be collecting pre-payment for the shirt orders tonight at their meeting.
 The t-shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton.

7 PM - Seminole Heights Library

FPL Pollutes Florida's Water And Wants Us To Pay For Cleanup

Florida Power & Light Co. wants customers to pay for a $200 million-plus cleanup of groundwater contamination from its Turkey Point nuclear plant’s cooling canals, and is asking regulators to approve its request. here

Whats Up With Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor

He is warning that Tallahassee could lose its status as state capital because of its violent crime problem.  He wants to move the capital to Orlando by 2030. True, Orlando would be a better choice with better access by highway and airplane travel. But, according to the NeighborhoodScout’s 2016 list of Florida's most dangerous cities, Tallahassee is #9 and Orlando #12, not much of a difference. Strange, this coming at a time when the mayor of Tallahassee is running for governor. here

MIA David Rivera Spotted In Tallahassee

U.S. Marshals say they can’t find him. But he was at the Capitol on Tuesday, where the scandal-plagued Republican was admitted to the Florida Senate floor to rub elbows with former colleagues.

Tampa Hoods: Ybor City

Centennial Park

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays Corporate Welfare

By Guest Blogger Jim Bleyer of The Tampa Bay Beat

A land deal that would cost Hillsborough County taxpayers an estimated $600 million to enrich corporate interests, at least one public official, and Tampa Bay Times investors was suddenly unveiled yesterday to an unsuspecting public. It’s an unraveling plot that is worthy of the duplicity, corruption, and intrigue found in
 “24” or “House of Cards.”

County Commissioner Ken Hagan, who never met a developer  he didn’t embrace, for months conducted negotiations in secret.  He was quoted by the Times as saying that “the community has reached an agreement with land owners” to gain site control of about 
14 acres there.

But is Hagan speaking “for the community?”  Not a peep out of the other six county commissioners, County Administrator Mike Merrill, or any member of the Tampa City Council.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told the media he was “surprised” by the development but added, “the location makes sense.”  Tampa Bay Beat doesn’t buy Buckhorn’s feigned ignorance.

A nonprofit corporation was created in order that all communications and dealings could be kept under wraps, an obvious gambit to avert Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law. According to the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations, corporate papers were filed by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

It is a given in Tampa political circles that Buckhorn will lobby for the Shumaker firm, whose wheelhouse is land use,  as soon as he leaves office in 2019.
Local bloggers from throughout the political spectrum oppose the funnelling of tax dollars for a new Rays stadium.  Only the Times and other pay-for play media entities have remained silent or supported the money grab.

WTSP’s Noah Pransky has led the charge in shining a light on the cloaked stadium negotiations with his Shadow of the Stadium blog. Two weeks ago, Sharon Calvert’s Eye on Tampa Bay ran a comprehensive analysis of the pitfalls involved in any stadium deal.  The Ybor City Stogie has for years opposed tax dollars being used to finance a Rays stadium.
Tampa Bay Beat last week reported that real estate baron Darryl Shaw, who stands to reap at least $100 million from a stadium relocation to Ybor City, is one of the secret “investors” who bailed out the Tampa Bay Times earlier this year.
Shaw has entered into an option agreement with a nonprofit led by Tampa lawyer Ronald Christaldi, who represents Shumaker, and prominent businessman Charles Sykes. It can transfer the site to the county, Rays or any other entity, should the team agree to move to Tampa.
The machinations that could lead to a $600 million taxpayer ripoff are shielded from public record.
The under-the-table scheme faces a ton of hurdles.
—The Rays and owner Stuart Sternberg—and Major League Baseball—must decide if they want to be associated with an unethical and possibly illegal contrivance let alone whether or not the Ybor site is even suitable.
—Then there are other public officials, either running for office again or conscious of their legacy, who are responsible to the public but have yet to weigh in on Hagan’s proposal.
—A portion of the proposed parcel is owned by TECO, a utility presumably regulated by the State of Florida.  It must consent in order for the proposal to become less unfeasible.
—Then there is a law enforcement aspect. State Attorney Andrew Warren and/or the FDLE could very well investigate the entire process to ensure the letter of the law was followed at every turn.  And if even a scintilla of any transaction, negotiation, or funding occurred across state lines or internationally, the FBI would have a stake.
The Internal Revenue Service has received a complaint challenging the nonprofit status of the Poynter Institute, parent of the Tampa Bay Times. If the IRS perceives the newly created “nonprofit” as an artiface, that corporation could end up being taxed and its records subject to disclosure.

The Times, not wanting to alienate Shaw and any other investor that will benefit from the deal, has not questioned the secret negotiations or the wisdom of dropping a half-empty monstrosity onto Ybor’s fabled landscape.
“But once the search started, the Channel District-Ybor site emerged as the top contender,” reported the once-trusted Times late yesterday. Besides Shaw, Jeff Vinik, who is developing 50 acres in Channelside, has been identified as a Times investor.
Shaw and Vinik have contributed to Hagan’s 2018 bid for a fifth term on the county commission.

Words Of Donna J. Davis

"Not sure who, but I heard someone say "...the work belongs to all of us, Donna. Nope: I know a clique when I see one. But THIS work; this work feels deeply shared and it's stretching me. The way that it touches others changes their shape and mine- it soothes and smooths our rough edges. I feel more deeply held in this service than I ever have by.any.other.humyns." 
Image by Greg Cruz

Ybor City's Revolutionary History

Some things never change!

What Pilar Had For Lunch

My favorite Pizza in Ybor
New York - New York

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay: Understanding the power of Local Govt

10.26 - 7 PM
Seminole Heights Library

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Elvis In Ybor City

Elvis Piggott
He wants to be our County Commissioner
Check him out here

Florida Pays $5 Million For Website

And then don't use it
The Florida Senate is refusing to turn over dozens of emails involving a state budget website that was shuttered despite taxpayers paying $5 million for it so far. here
Hell, we could of done it for half that much!

Tampa Bay Homeless

Meet Cliff
He is from Largo

Marco Rubio's Co-Sponsorship Of Controversial Opioids Bill

Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and Internet pharmacies. here

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Trumpstank Could Doom The Republican Party In Florida

Florida GOP Strategist Rick Wilson

We first posted this video (Florida Trump Supporters) on May 21, 2017. We knew we would need it again someday!

Stories of Pride Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims In St. Pete

10.24 - 5:30 PM
NOVA 535

Florida GOP Trying To Steal Santa Rosa Island

Save Pensacola Beach is an effort to stop one of the largest public land/beach grabs in Florida’s state modern history. This theft of Public Land sets a nightmare precedent for publicly owned land in our country. Public Land belongs to the public, and we believe Public servants are charged with protecting this land not stealing it from the citizens of Escambia County, Florida as recorded deeds declare in the public record of 1947.
The Escambia County Commissioners, working with Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Marco Rubio, are trying to amend the original 1946 federal law that gave Santa Rosa Island to the citizens of Escambia County with two requirements: it must be used “in the public’s interest” and it could never be sold, conveyed, or disposed of, except back to the federal government.
They seek to convey ownership of the island worth billions of dollars currently under lease to PRIVATE individual and business leaseholders.

Call Senator Nelson now 202-224-5274


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Sunday, October 22, 2017