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  • Florida Gov. DeSantis announces bars, gyms can reopen as most of state enters Phase 2 coronavirus recovery

    06/03/2020 2:11:53 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 03 2020 | Michael Ruiz
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that most of the state can enter Phase 2 of its coronavirus reopening, which further eases restrictions on gyms, bars and movie theaters, among other businesses. “I'm pleased to announce that the Original Phase 1 Florida counties (all except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) may enter Phase 2 effective Friday, June 5, 2020,” DeSantis tweeted early Wednesday afternoon. Reopening businesses must still adhere to state health guidelines on social distancing and sanitization, which vary somewhat for each sector.
  • De Santis says he's sending 500 National Guard troops to DC

    06/03/2020 11:07:24 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 03 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    Florida Gov. Ron De Santis (R) said Wednesday that he’s sending 500 of his state’s National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., to aid in responding to protests. The governor made the announcement at a Universal Orlando Resort, which is set to open Friday. The extra 500 troops come after a relatively peaceful night of protests in Washington. In previous nights, law enforcement deployed pepper balls and rubber bullets while seeking to quell demonstrations in the city. Members of the D.C. National Guard have been spotted in several parts of the city amid the protests and incidents of looting in recent...
  • 2 Saggy-Pants Thugs Carjack ‘Helpless’ Florida Woman — Big Mistake

    06/02/2020 5:07:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 81 replies
    Tap Haps ^ | 6/2/20
    A shocking story has emerged out of Clearwater, Florida, where two saggy-pants-wearing thugs carjacked a woman and her son in the parking lot of a Bank of America. The story went viral after the fed-up “helpless” woman they targeted turned the tables on them. The punks definitely realized their big mistake too late. A Clearwater, Florida, woman shot two thieves attempting to carjack her, resulting in the death of one of the suspects and a second-degree murder charge for the other. Now, many people are applauding her efforts to protect herself, her son, and her property from a couple of...
  • Driver seriously injured after rocks throw from SUV in Wesley Chapel (FL)

    06/02/2020 4:40:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    WFLA Tampa ^ | 6/2/20
    A driver was injured in a head-on crash on Tuesday after several rocks were thrown from the back of an SUV. According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, crews responded to a crash at the intersection of State Road 56 and Hueland Pond Boulevard. Fire Rescue said several rocks weighing approximately 15 pounds were thrown from the back of an SUV, through the front window of another vehicle. Firefighters said the rocks were unsecured in the back of an SUV. The driver of the vehicle was taken with serious injuries from the scene by a helicopter. Further information was not immediately...
  • Tiger King: Joe Exotic's former zoo handed to rival Carole Baskin

    06/02/2020 5:50:21 AM PDT · by Kriggerel · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 2, 2020 | BBC
    A zoo formerly owned by the star of Netflix documentary Tiger King is to be handed over to the woman he was convicted of trying to have killed. A federal judge has given Carole Baskin control of Joe Exotic's old zoo in Oklahoma as part of a ruling in a $1m (£800,000) trademark dispute. Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot and animal abuse. The zoo's current operator has been ordered to leave within 120 days.
  • Anti-Trump GOP group slams president over race relations in new TV ad (Lincoln Project)

    06/01/2020 8:26:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 01 2020 | Paul Steinhauser
    A Republican group that opposes President Trump’s re-election is running a scathing new TV commercial on Monday that targets the president over his comments and record on race relations. The spot from the Lincoln Project – which comes amid a wave of racial protests and violence – is titled "Flag of Treason" and highlights people carrying and waving Confederate flags at Trump rallies and other political events. The group says they’re spending a half-million dollars to run the ad on broadcast and cable television this week in the key general election battleground states of Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,...
  • Twitter restricts tweet from Gaetz for glorifying violence

    06/01/2020 7:00:12 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 01 2020 | Justine Coleman
    Twitter has restricted a Monday tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), saying it glorifies violence, a move that comes after also cracking down on some of President Trump's tweets last week. The Florida lawmaker and vocal Trump ally tweeted in response to Trump’s Sunday announcement on Twitter that anti-facist activists, or antifa, would be formally designated as a terrorist organization. “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Gaetz posted. Twitter restricted the tweet, preventing it from being liked, replied to or retweeted. Before the social media...
  • Polk County Sheriff Warns Rioters: Don't Take This into Neighborhoods. People Own Guns Here

    06/01/2020 2:55:19 PM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 01, 2020 | Matt Vespa
    Polk County Sheriff Warns Rioters: Don't Take This into Neighborhoods. People Own Guns Here. George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. It was tragic, avoidable, and the use of force was totally absurd. He was arrested for the nonviolent crime of using false documents. He was handcuffed and subdued. Why did Officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the back of his neck for nearly ten minutes? Floyd died as a result. He could be heard crying that he could no longer breathe. Chauvin was fired and brought up on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The three...
  • Sheriff Grady Judd extends curfew, warns rumored neighborhood rioters that residents are armed

    06/01/2020 2:14:49 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 24 replies
    WFLA ^ | 6/1/2020 | by: WFLA 8 On Your Side Staff
    Judd ended his address by speaking on a possible threat they’ve seen referenced on social media that suggests riot activity may start trickling into residential neighborhoods. “I would tell them, if you value your life, you probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County,” Judd said. “Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be inside their homes tonight with their guns loaded. And if you try to break into their homes tonight and try to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out...
  • Marco Rubio Blames Violence, Looting on 'Domestic Terror Groups' - 'Far Left and Right'

    06/01/2020 9:53:47 AM PDT · by rintintin · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Jun 2020 | ROBERT KRAYCHIK
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said ongoing violence and looting are being perpetrated by “domestic terror groups” of both left-wing and right-wing political orientations. He took to Twitter on Sunday to share his comments.
  • Tampa enacts citywide curfew that begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday

    06/01/2020 1:24:39 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 9 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 31, 2020 | Josh Fiallo and Kavitha Surana
    Other cities in Hillsborough County are not under curfew. “I refuse to punish law-abiding citizens due to the lawless actions of a handful of criminals,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister posted on Twitter.
  • Cleanup, curfew and injuries following unrest in Florida

    05/31/2020 10:46:57 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Click Orlando,com via AP ^ | 5-31-2020 | Mike Schneider
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Deputies were recovering from injuries, nightly curfews were issued and the cleanup of smashed store windows began Sunday around Florida after a night of unrest throughout the state's cities that followed protests in response to the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said an unnamed deputy was either stabbed or slashed in the neck and was taken to a hospital for treatment Saturday evening. A sheriff's office spokeswoman wouldn't comment on the deputy's condition Sunday...
  • Woman Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting was Sister of Terror Suspect

    05/31/2020 9:42:59 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    baynews9.com ^ | May 29, 2020 | SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF AND DAVE JORDAN
    Two Temple Terrace Police officers were involved in the confrontation outside City Hall Friday and are now under investigation. One of the officers was the target of a knife-wielding woman, while the other came to his aid. The confrontation was caught on surveillance video. In the video, the officer can be seen approaching the woman, who was seated on a bench. She then draws the large knife and lunges at the officer, swinging the knife at him as he backs away. The confrontation then moves out of view of the camera. That's when the officer shot the woman, later identified...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio says 'foreign adversaries' stoking social media furor

    05/30/2020 11:43:59 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 30 May 2020 | Jane C. Timm
    Acting Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., claimed on Saturday night there were social media posts about the protests linked to at least three “foreign adversaries.” Tonight seeing VERY heavy social media activity on #protests & counter reactions from social media accounts linked to at least 3 foreign adversaries. They didn’t create these divisions. But they are actively stoking & promoting violence & confrontation from multiple angles.
  • Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis

    05/30/2020 6:16:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 05/30/2020 | Jason Lange, Trevor Hunnicutt
    Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city’s police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer. At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the...
  • Florida: Muslim researched targets for jihad massacre, including at Honeymoon Island

    05/30/2020 2:16:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAY 30, 2020 5:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Florida: Muslim researched targets for jihad massacre, including at Honeymoon Island MAY 30, 2020 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER Here yet again authorities are not asking and will not ask what may be the most important questions: where did Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari learn his understanding of Islam? What mosque did he attend in the Tampa area? Has that mosque been investigated? Why not? What if it is teaching jihad “Tampa Man Faces Terrorism Charges In Honeymoon Island Plot, Authorities Say,” by Julio Ochoa, WUSF News, May 27, 2020 (thanks to the Geller Report): A 23-year-old Tampa Man has been charged...
  • ‘Time To Riot Everywhere’: Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Following George Floyd’s Death

    05/30/2020 9:45:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 89 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/29/2020 | Katie Jerkovich
    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova said it was “time to riot everywhere” in response to the death of George Floyd. “Time to riot everywhere, ” the 63-year-old former professional tennis player tweeted to her hundreds of thousands of followers, in a since-deleted post, following the death of Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody. The comments were noted by The Hill in a piece published Thursday.
  • Officer shoots, kills woman at Temple Terrace City Hall after she charged with knife, police say

    05/29/2020 4:16:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    — A police officer shot and killed a woman outside of City Hall on Friday afternoon after she charged at the officer with a butcher knife, Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano said in a news conference. Albano said the woman, identified as 21-year-old Heba Momtaz Alazhari, charged at the uniformed police officer for “unknown reasons” after she had requested assistance. A recording of the incident shows the woman sitting outside of City Hall, waiting for the officer to approach her. Once he was within about five feet of her, she can be seen pulling out the knife. Evidence markers...
  • Gaetz warns 'big tech will steal this election from Donald Trump and the American people' without action

    05/28/2020 8:37:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 May 2020 | Charles Creitz
    House Judiciary Committee Member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Thursday that it is clear to him "big tech" will try to prevent President Trump from being reelected in November. Gaetz claimed that tech companies "buy off" members of Congress in order to maintain special privileges that local newspapers and television stations do not have. "That's why the president's executive order is one very important next step," he said. "If we just wait around, big tech will steal this election from Donald Trump and the American people." "In 2016 we won three Rust Belt states by one [percentage] point...
  • Let the Sun Shine In

    05/28/2020 7:29:56 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    City Journal ^ | 27 May 2020 | Michael Hendrix
    Florida has proven that a measured, evidence-based response to reopening works. For a moment in April, the Internet tried to cancel Florida. Photos showing crowds flocking to Jacksonville Beach amid the Covid-19 pandemic brought the hashtag #FloridaMorons to the top of Twitter. The media eagerly spun scenes of ignorant spring breakers endangering themselves and others. Nearly two months after America’s first case of coronavirus, here was Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, joining neighboring state Georgia’s “experiment in human sacrifice” by letting locals lift restrictions on their own. Nearly a month later, Jacksonville’s Duval County reports new Covid-19 hospitalizations in the...