Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Split Second (Only Florida Show) in Tampa

New World Tampa - TIX

Rep. Frost RIPS McCarthy In Takedown Of The Year

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The Florida GOP on Mask Requirements

Threat of government shutdown ends as Congress passes temporary funding plan, sends to Biden

The threat of a federal government shutdown ended late Saturday, hours before a midnight deadline, as Congress approved a temporary funding bill to keep agencies open and sent the measure to President Joe Biden to sign.

The rushed package drops aid to Ukraine, a White House priority opposed by a growing number of GOP lawmakers, but increases federal disaster assistance by $16 billion, meeting Biden’s full request. The bill funds government until Nov. 17.


Ditching Ukraine aid, U.S. House in bipartisan vote passes bill to avert shutdown

The U.S. House approved a bill Saturday that would stave off a government shutdown until at least mid-November, though the measure doesn’t include Ukraine aid backed by both Republicans and Democrats.....MORE

Tampa Hoods: Ybor City


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School District Bans Any Book That Features An LBGTQ+ Character

Gov. Ron DeSantis' “Don't Say Gay” Bill is taken to the extreme that reasonable people would fear it would:  Books are now being banned for simply including an LBGTQ+ character.

Embattled Congress lurches toward midnight shutdown

Congress is lurching toward a shutdown that would begin early Sunday morning, with House Republicans battling one another and the Senate moving forward with a bipartisan plan that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has not committed to bringing to a vote in the House.....MORE

Teenage (hacker) wasteland

A perception of hackers that many of us have: A person in a dimly lit room in a basement in lower northeast Kaliningrad (Russia) with a Russian Bear energy drink (yes, a real thing, no Russian links in this column though) in hand.

This person has a bank of computers and gigantic monitors in front of them and uses complex tools and hacking techniques to break into our nation’s computer systems.

This visual would be incorrect; I would wager that half the hacking attempts are perpetrated by some guy or gal on the phone or web possessing little or limited programming or hacking skills.


Anime St. Pete, a cosplayers’ paradise, returns this weekend

The Coliseum

Saturday, Sept. 30 ▪ 10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 1 ▪ 10am-5pm

More Info HERE
Tickets HERE

Anime enthusiasts and cosplay aficionados are gearing up for the highly anticipated 2nd annual Anime St. Pete, a vibrant celebration of anime culture. This year’s event promises an even more exhilarating experience for attendees. This is so worth the trip for Tampa residents who already miss Comic Con.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Women's Self Defense Seminar

Women's Self Defense Seminar

Saturday, September 30 · 2:30 - 5pm
Admission is FREE

More Info HERE

Join us for an empowering and informative Women's Self-Defense Seminar! Learn essential self-defense techniques and strategies specifically designed for women in a supportive and friendly environment. Our experienced instructors will teach you practical skills to enhance your personal safety and boost your confidence. We will provide all the necessary gear for you to have a fun and productive experience.

Ybor Life

7th Ave

'Weakest Speaker in history': Rep. Frost blasts McCarthy for 'fake' impeachment inquiry

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Blacken Fish
Dirty Rice and Stewed Tomatoes and Okra 

Mr B's Cafe - Ybor Heights

The Florida GOP on Wild Monkeys

Fight 4 Peace: Mental Health Awareness Event

Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Saturday, September 30 · 12 - 6pm
Admission is FREE
More Info HERE

Enjoy a day of live music, local vendors, giveaways and more. All proceeds will go to local non-profits supporting individuals, family members, and loved ones impacted by mental illness (e.g., NAMI Hillsborough, Aaron's House, and Project LINK) and the Fight 4 Peace campaign for additional mental health awareness events in 25 major cities across the United States, including the production of the mental-health-based film, FIGHT.

Meacham Urban Farm Harvest Fest

Meacham Urban Farm

Sunday, October 1, Noon - 6PM
$20/admission online HERE$25 at the gate
Kids 12 & under FREE. 
Bring your own lawn chair and BYOB.

More Info HERE
  • Gates open at noon.
  • 1:30PM: Guided farm tour
  • 2PM: Educational talk: The Creation of Meachum
  • 3:30: Guided farm tour
  • 4PM: Educational talk: How We Farm at Meachum
  • 5:30PM: Guided farm tour
  • 6PM: 50/50 Raffle winner announced
  • Petting Zoo (Noon-4PM)
PARKING: The parking lot on the farm will be closed for this event. Please find street parking on the perimeter streets of the farm or use the parking garages adjacent from the farm in both of the Tempo and Ella buildings, bottom floor only. (plenty of spots available, ~5 min walk).

Rosalind Osgood refiles bill to help prisoners get in-state tuition

The purpose of prison, beyond punishment and public protection, is to rehabilitate offenders so they become productive members of society.

Part of that process involves education. But in Florida, there’s something of a hitch. Prisoners who spend a year or more behind bars lose their residency status and are ineligible for in-state tuition.

Broward County Sen. Rosalind Osgood wants to change that through a bill she’s re-filed for consideration next year.


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Model/Photographer Cassie

Transgender and nonbinary people sue Florida over its “discriminatory” bathroom law

A group of transgender and nonbinary people on Friday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Florida law requiring people to use public restrooms that align with their sex assigned at birth, asking a judge to block enforcement before an upcoming march in Orlando.

The lawsuit, filed in the federal Middle District of Florida, alleged that the restroom restrictions are discriminatory and violate free-speech rights.


How would a government shutdown impact veterans’ health care services?

Some services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will stop if the government shuts down this weekend, but officials said most patients should not notice a difference.....MORE

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California dies at age 90

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90.....MORE

Childcare centers in Florida saved by state legislature

Childcare centers across the country are no longer receiving government checks from the American Rescue Plan Act. It’s money that has been helping keep doors open since the pandemic.

Last year, state legislature and the Division of Early Learning made the decision to retain some of our American Rescue Plan Act dollars.


Matt Gaetz and far right feuded with Kevin McCarthy for weeks. Here’s how it’s spiraling into a shutdown.

With little time left to prevent a government shutdown, the House is in a familiar position: effectively paralyzed as conservatives feud with Speaker Kevin McCarthy over matters large and small.

McCarthy has pushed the Republican conference to embrace a short-term funding plan that would include a sweeping Republican proposal for the southern border. But a small group of hard-line conservatives has defied the Speaker in a quest to get rid of stopgap funding plans, known as continuing resolutions, even if opposing them means forcing a government shutdown.


Student debt relief scams on the rise. Here’s what borrowers need to know

Complaints about student debt relief scams are increasing as the date approaches for borrowers to restart payment on their student loans after more than a three-year pause.....MORE