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LeDaro: Weather and lightning strike

Weather has been erratic around the globe and has caused a lot of damage.

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: The Greater Naples, Fla., YMCA was left Monday with fire, smoke and water damage after a suspected lightning strike at the facility caused about $2 million in damage. (David Albers/Naples Daily News/Associated Press.) WSJ

LeDaro: Sink-hole swallows vacation villas near Orlando, Florida

What is happening with nature? Thunderstorms, pouring rain, fires and now sinkholes in Florida. All these are causing a lot of destruction and in some cases death. In case of Florida scientists say it is the limestone below the earth which melts away with too much water as rains have provided plenty of water. However, I understand in some cases it could be mining deep under the earth such as potash mines and they may go miles underground and under some communities. These communities are not aware of it. After the mines are abandoned these sinkholes can happen too.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Zimmerman and Alexander: Racism and Sexism in America

Can you handle the contradictions?

I’ve been seen things in twitter for the last few days that puts some grotesque perspective on the American culture.

I’m actually quite speechless:

Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense.

George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood-watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life.

Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had (Read more…)

Morton's Musings: Florida decides Canadian tourists a bad idea

This seems a bit strange given the number of Canadians that spend winters in Florida – especially Quebecers – but the Sunshine State now requires non-U.S. residents to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) to operate a motor vehicle.

The requirement came into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and affects people who drive down to Florida with their own vehicles (be they car, truck, motor home or motorcycle) and those who wish to rent a car in Florida.

Needless to say, those caught in Florida without anIDP are subject to hefty fines by police.

You can obtain an

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bastard.logic: SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes

The NY Times:

Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.

Wait — it gets better:

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the

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DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline To Take Center Stage At Republican National Convention

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Over the next few days, Republican lawmakers, Party officials, delegates, and supporters will gather in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. During their weeklong convention, we can expect to hear a lot of debunked talking points, particularly about the need to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

For more than a year, Republican lawmakers in the U.S. have been pushing for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, while completely ignoring the environmental risks that would come along with the plan to pipe dangerous DilBit from the Alberta tar sands south to the Gulf Coast.

In

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bastard.logic: Today In The Annals of Stupid Backlash Tricks

Flash: Aggrieved Daily Caller Ex-College Republican thumbsucker (is there any other kind?) has a megasad cuz his bike was stolen (if stats hold true, by a blackity-blackblack black kid!), causing him to boldly and ham-fistedly declare:

“I am Derbyshire! (Burp.)”

Roy Edroso:

Judge must be over 30 by now, but apparently he’s never been robbed before, because this has caused him to turn against all black people, and to relinquish the “white guilt” that once made him watch Norman Jewison movies.

Perhaps sensing that even ordinary racists would be disgusted with his whining, Judge invents

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bastard.logic: Meet the NEW New Civil Rights Movement (Fox News Stylez)

Hey, remember when Faux News used to merely employ dog whistles in its race-baiting wingnut agit-prop?

Good times.

Now they rock Les Paul Customs plugged into Marshall stacks that go to eleven (TO ELEVEN):

A Fox Orlando affiliate decribed Neo-Nazis as “a civil rights group” on a television broadcast and online. The group of Neo-Nazis, known as the National Socialist Movement, has been conducting armed patrols of the streets of Sanford, Florida, the town where Trayvon Marting was shot dead.

The Fox Orlando affiliate, WOFL, aired a shockingly uncritical report of the group’s activities. The Fox reporter introduced

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bastard.logic: David Banner on the Shooting of Trayvon Martin: “We Have to Get Some Type of Legislation Now.”

Gulf Coast hip hop impresario David Banner drops some straight knowledge re: Trayvon, race, and class in the US of A in this BlackEnterprise.com interview:

“The fact [is] we have to get some type of legislation now.

“What do we want to see implemented to make sure this doesn’t happen again because y’know American culture, now that we’ve seen this happen it’s going to take something two-times as bad as this to even get peoples attention.”

h/t Colorlines

LeDaro: George Zimmerman’s lawyers propose a bizarre defence

Now Zimmerman’s lawyers are claiming that Trayvon Martin shook Zimmerman’s head so hard that he got shaken -baby syndrome and as a result of that he didn’t know what he was doing when he shot the teenager. A 28 years old man, 180lb, given shaken baby syndrome by 150lb teenager who was armed with skittles and ice tea?

Rev Al Sharpton of MSNB has a great piece on it. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

My readers may wonder why I have so much interest in this story. A few years

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"Fucking coons" a "term of endearment"? The smearing of Trayvon Martin.

Right media’s new job: no brown Skittles allowed!

Trayvon Martin, a victim in death as he was in life on the night he was killed by an overzealous and perhaps racist self-professed cop of the streets, is being vilified and murdered all over again by the right, the media and the assassin’s lawyer.

You knew this would happen. The media, the rightblogs, the Republican presidential contenders are

Geraldo Rivera: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."

At least Gerarldo Rivera preceded this outlandish claim with “I think”. Otherwise, he would have been taken away the men in the white coats. Just more Fox News craziness. Sad.

Hint to Rivera. Don’t ever come to Vancouver. You might shoot someone. We all wear hoodies here. It has something to do with the weather, not because of culture.

"Stand Your Ground": the insanity of a country with a lust for guns

The Trayvon Martin murder is not an isolated case. It’s the reality of a country obsessed with firearms and violence. It’s a place where people hide in their bedrooms away from people outside crying for help. It’s a world where if you are black and walking with Skittles and Iced Tea, you can be killed by a ‘concerned citizen’ in the name of ‘law and order’. It’s a land where a killer can walk

Florida judge orders man charged with domestic battery to give wife flowers, take her to Red Lobster, then out bowling

Aw the south, Florida in particular. Mmm, smell the get away with murder, or at least beating one’s wife, aroma about the place.

Judge John Hurley [who also ordered that Joseph Bray, 47 and his wife Sonja, 39, get marriage counseling] handed down this ruling instead of setting bond or slapping Bray with a prison sentence after he deemed domestic violence charges leveled by Bray’s wife to be “

openalex: Republicans and Democrats Together on Climate Change…in Florida

It’s easy to forget that climate change hasn’t always been  such a partisan issue. This is Mitt Romney, current Republican front-runner, in 2003: “I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over and people recognize the need associated with providing sources [of energy] which do not generate the heat that is currently provided by fossil fuels.”

Good luck trying to get him to say anything remotely similar today. The closer he gets to leading the Republicans in the next US election, the more he is distancing himself from climate policy.

But an article by Micheal Lemonick on Yale’s E360 shows unlikely partnerships forming between Republicans and Democrats in the US as lower levels of government begin to tackle the need to climate proof their cities and counties.

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Boundless Irony on Route 91

A Miami police officer is accused of driving 120 mph on a turnpike because he was late for his off-duty job working security at a school. According to the website for Florida State Route 91 (who knew that highways had … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Boundless Irony on Route 91

gay persons of color: Video: Audience boos gay soldier questioning Rick Santorum

It’s always comedic to watch US republicans speak their politics, but this clip (below) of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) at the GOP presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, makes me think of the governing mob mentality of the young … . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Video: Audience boos gay soldier questioning Rick Santorum

Art Threat: Underworlds Takes Views of the Chemical Coast – New photography by Isabelle Hayeur

Montreal photographer Isabelle Hayeur first trained her camera on waterfronts in 2008 to create “Underworlds”, now open at Division Gallery in Montreal. Long observing the transformations of her own local rivers, including the changes to ecosystems and the disappearance of some animal species, she was inspired to create a body of work that bore witness [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Underworlds Takes Views of the Chemical Coast – New photography by Isabelle Hayeur

gay persons of color: Watch: Tampa Bay Rays declare It Gets Better

In this It Gets Better instalment from the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton, and Sean Rodriguez speak with conviction in a sincere message of support for LGBT teens who might be the victims of bullying. … . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Watch: Tampa Bay Rays declare It Gets Better

gay persons of color: Tampa Bay Rays become 9th MLB team to join It Gets Better Project

Tampa Bay Rays’ manager Joe Maddon and players Johnny Damon, Sam Fuld, B.J. Upton, and Sean Rodriguez will be featured in an upcoming “It Gets Better” video to support teens dealing with anti-gay bullying, reports the St. Petersburg Times. The new vide… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Tampa Bay Rays become 9th MLB team to join It Gets Better Project

World Headlines Review: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Cameras and Cops from Rochester to South Beach

This week the international media has reported on the development of a rather interesting confluence of incidents concerning police behaviour in the US.  Each of these involve initial misconduct by law enforcement officers followed by intimidation and ultimately arrest of witnesses who recorded the police actions legally.   Police Film London’s Student Protests- Cleaner Croydon The more serious incident, which has been widely reported internationally and is now known as the Miami Beach Memorial Day Shooting, involves the killing of 22 year old Raymond Herisse in Florida this past Memorial Day holiday.  While Mr. Herisse sat in his (Read more…) . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Cameras and Cops from Rochester to South Beach

The Disaffected Lib: Florida – Global Warming’s Punching Bag

What’s a “perfect storm” Florida-style? That’s easy, a property market collapse, a Tea Bagger governor and the onset of the ravages of climate change. That’s a real Trifecta. Florida, like other states in that corner of America, is reeling from … . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Florida – Global Warming’s Punching Bag

Leftist Jab: American-Flavored Crazy: Rick Scott

Republican governor Rick Scott of the great state of Florida (the destination of choice for Canadian retirees) is finishing up his 5-day trade mission to Canada. He’ll be meeting with members of the business community as well as Quebec Premie… . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: American-Flavored Crazy: Rick Scott

Birth Pangs: Gender War – Expect Casualties

Florida has decided to tell women that `your money is no good here`. Whether they purchase healthcare insurance with their own money or not Senate Bill 1414 will prevent insurers from paying for abortions. Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, sponsored an amendment that provides an exception to the ban for cases of rape, incest or if [...] . . . → Read More: Birth Pangs: Gender War – Expect Casualties

Could be Worse . . . .

Guess there could be worse things than being in Vancouver, BC in the summer. Even though we have a crappy Premier and an even crappier Prime Minister it’s still better than being in our former homeland – especially at this time of the year.Check out t… . . . → Read More: Could be Worse . . . .