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  • FL: Opinion Swinging Toward Campus Carry? (poll)

    11/22/2014 5:06:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After the recent shooting on campus in Florida, Florida Carry quickly made the case that the campus was a "gun free" or "defenseless victim" zone, and that removing the prohibition on legal guns would make campus safer.  From new4jax.com: Friday said several lawsuits are pending against Florida universities that refuse to allow students the right to carry weapons in class. In states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Kansas, Friday said, school shooting statistics are remarkably lower than the rest of the nation. "Every state that allows law-abiding students to carry guns on campus, every one of those schools...
  • Florida Carry - Open Carry Court Case, Oral Arguments

    11/19/2014 6:07:22 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video on YouTube Florida Carry has been litigating a case through the Florida court system, a case about whether a ban on open carry in Florida is constitutional under the State and Federal constitutions.  It is quite an accomplishment that the case is being heard by the Fourth District Court.   A few days ago, the oral arguments were heard by a three judge panel.  The video above, just under 39 minutes, is of the opposing counsels giving oral arguments before the three judge panel.  The case is State v. Norman.   From a discussion of the case on...
  • FL: Escalation of Force: Citizens Arrest turned Deadly

    11/11/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Lawley In most states, the legislators and courts have ruled that defense of property is not sufficient justification, by itself, for the use of deadly force. This does not mean that you have to allow criminals to steal your property at will.   It means that you may not immediately use deadly force to prevent a theft, though there are exceptions.   Texas, for example, allows the use of deadly force to prevent theft on one's property at night. The way that deadly force is legally employed in the protection of property is indirect, allowed for with an escalation of force.  ...
  • Decaying Corpse Found In Foreclosed Cape Coral Home

    11/06/2014 10:53:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    CBS Local Miami ^ | 11-06-2014 | Staff
    The new owner of a foreclosed home in Cape Coral got more than he bargained when he went to inspect his purchase. William Wilson bought the light pink house on SE 19th Lane for $96,000 at an auction on Tuesday, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers. When he went to mow the lawn and check out the house itself on Wednesday, he found a corpse on the master bedroom floor. Wilson told the paper all that remained was the bones, skin and smell of the remains. Wilson said the inside of the house was a mess and it looked...
  • Rick Scott visits black churchgoers in Broward, Charlie Crist attends services in Delray Beach

    11/02/2014 3:23:53 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 11/2/14 | Anthony Man, David Fleshler
    ....ick Scott attended early services Sunday at Broward's oldest Baptist Church, softly pitching his re-election to black churchgoers. His four minutes of remarks to more than 500 congregants at First Baptist Church Piney Grove in Lauderdale Lakes concentrated on the biographical, touched on policy, and emphasized his faith. "Jesus Christ is my savior," he said to a chorus of amens and clapping. The governor described his "wonderful Christian mother and very wonderful Christian grandmother, and they told me all along that Jesus Christ was my savior. From a very young man I learned the importance of believing in Jesus Christ,...
  • Rick Scott Beating Charlie Crist in Florida Chamber Poll

    10/30/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/30/14 | Kevin Derby
    A new poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute shows Gov. Rick Scott with the lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Florida Chamber is backing Scott for another term. The poll of likely voters, taken by Cherry Communications, shows Scott ahead with 44 percent and Crist at 39 percent, outside the margin of error. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent
  • Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

    10/30/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration, or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush. A funny thing happened on Jeb's recent visit to Colorado to stump for Republican Cory Gardner in his race against Democrat Mark Udall.
  • Poll: Governor’s race remains close with slight edge to Charlie Crist over Rick Scott

    10/30/2014 6:43:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/30/2014 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist has slightly nudged ahead of Gov. Rick Scott in Quinnipiac University’s latest poll that shows the Democrat picks up 43 percent support from likely voters to the incumbent’s 40 percent. That apparent 3 percentage point lead for Crist is essentially a tie because it’s within the poll’s margin of error, but the poll of 800 likely voters indicates Crist has some momentum on his side. Last week, Quinnipiac surveyed the governor’s race and found it dead even between Crist and Scott, with each getting 42 percent. So the contest has shifted a net 3 percentage points in Crist’s...
  • Investigator in Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after being implicated in own incident

    10/29/2014 3:57:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/14
    The investigator leading the probe into the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in a prostitution entanglement of his own. A senior administration official confirmed to Fox News that David Nieland was observed entering and leaving a building that was under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation by sheriff's deputies in Broward County, Fla.
  • Florida deep sea divers helping aquatic archaeologists explore ancient Mediterranean shipwreck

    10/28/2014 9:23:41 AM PDT · by dware · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.27.2014 | AP via Fox News
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The divers descended 410 feet into the Mediterranean off Italy, shining bright lights on a ship that sank thousands of years ago. A sea-crusted anchor rested amid piles of terra cotta jars traditionally used to carry wine, olive oil and other cargo.
  • 0ptimus FL poll: Rick Scott 42%, Charlie Crist 39%

    10/28/2014 4:36:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/27/14 | Marc Caputo
    The new Republican data analytics firm, 0ptimus, has released another mega-robopoll with some good news for Gov. Rick Scott: He's narrowly leading Democrat Charlie Crist. The race is still technically a tie but Scott's lead of 2.4 percentage points (41.9-39.4 percent) is almost outside the poll's error margin.
  • South Florida's Early Voting Weekend is a warning sign for Charlie Crist

    10/27/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 44 replies
    Saturday and Sunday marked the first chance for voters to head to the early voting polls on a weekend, a time when Democrats could really show in force and put a big dent in Republicans’ lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots. But there was no huge surge in Democrat-rich Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Intriguingly in the three counties, the total number of people who early voted Saturday was greater than Sunday – the day when black voters were expected to have the first of two “Souls to the Polls” voting events after church. Some Democrats are starting to...
  • FL: 500 lb Bear Shot in Home

    10/26/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Black bears are large, potentially dangerous animals.  A retired wildlife officer was forced to shoot one in his Florida home on 22 October, in Lake County. The bear broke though a window and entered the home.   When the man yelled at it, it turned and came toward him.  That is when he fired, at a distance that he estimated at 10 feet. From wftv.com: “I was very scared. I figured when I yelled it would take off, but it didn’t. It just looked right at me and started coming toward the window, where I was at, so that’s when...
  • Rick Scott ad links Charlie Crist, Barack Obama

    10/20/2014 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 20, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a new ad Monday that ties Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist with Barack Obama, including a photo of their infamous 2009 embrace. The Republican becomes the first gubernatorial candidate to deploy the clip of the president saying, “I’m not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” “Charlie Crist backed Obama from the start,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, shared first with POLITICO. “If you liked the last six years of Barack Obama, you’ll love the next four years of Charlie Crist.”...
  • FL: Woman Arrested for Protecting Children from Water Moccasin

    10/20/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who would have thought that it would be illegal to defend children from a poisonous snake?  This is where the insanity of extreme gun restrictions have brought us.   In Florida, a mother was at a school event during a football practice session.  A water moccasin was discovered on the practice field, but attempts to kill it with sticks were not successful.  From newsherald.com: April Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco...
  • The truth of #fangate and why Charlie Crist absolutely hates to sweat

    10/17/2014 5:40:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Terrence McCoy
    To understand why Florida gubernatorial candidate Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on having a fan blowing on him during the yesterday’s debate with Republican Rick Scott, which almost stopped the whole show in its tracks, thus earning the hashtag #fangate, you need to know something about Crist and sweat. One of the stranger moments of my reporting career arrived at 6 a.m. on a day in late 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was doing a lengthy profile of Florida governor Charlie Crist.... ....Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep,...
  • Patient in Jacksonville being tested for Ebola

    10/13/2014 9:52:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    104.5FM WOKV ^ | 10-13-2014 | Jamie Smith
    A patient is being tested for Ebola at Baptist Health in Downtown Jacksonville. Hospital officials says they have admitted a patient who has flu-like symptoms, but no fever. The person told hospital staff that they has casual contact with a person who travelled to West Africa. Officials say the patient is in isolation and is being monitored to protect hospital staff and the community. There is no confirmation that the patient has Ebola, and hospital officials sayy the diagnosis is "highly unlikely." Baptist Health says they are exercising caution and using CDC protocols.
  • Florida Father's Mistakes; 20 Years for Warning Shot

    10/11/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida passed a reform of its gun law this year to prevent situations such as what has happened to Lee Wollard.   Wollard says that he fired a shot to stop an assault and force a young man out of his house;  the prosecutor charged him with firing into a building, aggravated assault and child endangerment.   The young man was dating his daughter and was 17. No one was hurt, but the bullet penetrated the walls of the house and struck the house next door. Under the old Florida law, the prosecutor could offer this dilemma: plead guilty, be convicted...
  • Waldo Disbands Police Force in Tiny Speed Trap Town Amid Legal Issues (Florida )

    10/02/2014 2:00:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Oct 2014
    The police force has been disbanded in Waldo, Florida, a tiny town with a big speed trap reputation. On Tuesday, the Waldo City Council voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota
  • Bus service suspended in Lake County over bomb threat (Central Florida....again)

    10/02/2014 7:49:04 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 10 replies
    WESH ^ | Oct 02, 2014 | WESH2 News
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —A bomb threat shut down LakeXpress bus service Thursday morning over a bomb threat, authorities said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was on scene and searching buses. One bus in South Leesburg was evacuated and passengers were checked out. No devices have been found so far.
  • Florida officials want to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control

    09/29/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 6/6/14 | S.H. Blannelberry
    Thanks to state preemption law, only the Florida Legislature can enact measures regulating the sale, possession, transfer of firearms in the Gunshine State. But that’s not going to stop some city and county officials from attempting to implement ‘voluntary’ gun-control, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Under a proposal backed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, city and county officials would ask gun shops and ammo suppliers who have sales contracts with law enforcement departments around the state to follow certain “sales and marketing safeguards,” when conducting business. Those safeguards include asking the stores to run background checks on employees, train personnel to...
  • Bomb threats reported at 2 Lake County schools, cops say (Central Florida)

    09/29/2014 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 21 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 9/29/2014 | Daniel Dahm
    GROVELAND, Fla. - Another bomb threat has been reported at a Lake County school on Monday morning, according to officials. Lake County Sheriff's Office said a bomb threat was reported at Clermont Middle School. Deputies and Clermont police officers are on scene investigating. It's not clear if evacuations have been ordered at Clermont Middle School. The second bomb threat report comes hours after students and staff were evacuated from South Lake High School in Groveland. School officials said students, who were taken to the school's football field, were not being released from the campus.
  • Seminole County schools evacuated after bomb threats (Central Florida)

    09/26/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 20 replies
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Elementary schools in Seminole County were evacuated this afternoon after receiving bomb threats, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Deputies evacuated Casselberry, Winter Springs, Lawton, English Estates, Red Bug, Lake Orienta, Forest City and Spring Lake elementary schools, sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said in a statement. It was not immediately clear whether the threats were valid. Deputies are investigating where the calls came from. Officials are reporting that Winter Springs, Forest City and Lake Orienta have been searched and cleared.
  • Crunch time for Jeb Bush

    09/26/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ben White
    It’s now or never for Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012 but ultimately demurred, always with the flickering possibility of mounting a campaign down the road. But at 61 years old, the second son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush is now likely facing his last shot at the White House.
  • Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

    09/24/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/2014 | By STEVEN SHEPARD
    The Florida governor’s race — on pace to be 2014’s most expensive, grueling campaign — is a dead heat with six weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are neck-and-neck in the new Quinnipiac University poll. Scott is at 44 percent among likely voters, the survey shows, compared with 42 percent for Crist and 8 percent for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie. Scott has a slight edge over Crist among independents, 44 percent to 37 percent. And the gender gap tilts in his favor: He leads Crist by 8...
  • FL: Gun Taken from Victim, Suspects Arrested

    09/23/2014 10:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this unusual Florida case, the two suspects are said to have attacked an armed citizen who was in his car, to have taken his gun, and fled the scene.   It all happened at a McDonald's drive-through, when the victim honked at the attackers who were ahead of him and who had received their order, but had not driven off.   From myfoxtampabay.com: Police say the Gregory Fulham got out of the car, went to the driver's side of the car behind them and started punching the man, who had pulled a gun from his glovebox. Police say Kevin Fulham...
  • Hillary Clinton to campaign for Charlie Crist

    09/23/2014 2:20:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraising dinner for Florida Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist next month, putting her in a key presidential state in the midterms battle, according to an invitation.
  • Reports of mass shooting in North Florida

    09/18/2014 5:16:14 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 79 replies
    WKMG ^ | 9/18/2014
    BELL, Fla. - A mass shooting has been reported in a small town near Gainesville on Thursday night.The shooting was reported in the town of Bell in Gilchrest County, which is about 140 miles from downtown Orlando.It's not clear how many victims were shot, but there are reports that children were among the victims.A news conference is set for 8 p.m. Local 6 has a crew on its way to the scene.Check back for more on this developing story.
  • Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/18/2014 2:32:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/17/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters. ....One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe. In 2012,...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • Charlie Crist Talks Faith And Florida, Says God’s ‘Not Happy

    09/16/2014 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    ...Crist spoke to over 1,000 voters on Saturday night, in Downtown Orlando about his faith and vision for the future of Florida.... The group in attendance came in the bus loads, and the venue was at capacity. They leaned to the left as they cheered Crist’s pledge to raise the minimum wage, healthcare, and supporting policies popular with the dreamers. “I did all of this as a Republican” Crist said “Imagine what I’ll do as a Democrat!”. "....I was raised a Methodist. Raised with three sisters. It makes you appreciate women more and their rights. This I know about God....
  • Obama to visit Centcom in Tampa on Wednesday

    09/15/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Howard Altman
    ...Obama will visit U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, on Wednesday for a briefing from his commanders on battle plans against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State. ....White House officials made it clear that there would also be no U.S. military forces on the ground in Syria to coordinate airstrikes, nor have any done so in Iraq. But as the President continues to coalesce U.S. and international efforts to “degrade and ultimately defeat” IS, and Pentagon officials say they are making headway against IS in Iraq, two former Centcom commanders offer mixed reviews of his plans. “I...
  • Charlie Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school choice program lawsuit

    09/15/2014 6:15:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/10/14 | Marc Caputo
    Charlie Crist is siding with the teachers union — not African-American ministers — over a new lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the state’s major school-choice program..... Crist made his choice clear Wednesday when he refused to heed the request of a major Panhandle civil-rights leader, the Rev. H.K. Matthews, who asked the Democrat to “publicly denounce” a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program. “You cannot stay silent on this lawsuit,” Matthews wrote. “These families deserve to know if you support or oppose the lawsuit to evict 70,000 poor — and mostly minority — children...
  • Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton

    09/14/2014 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    Marco Rubio: Let’s Reject The Veiled Isolationism Of Obama And Clinton Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options By Marco Rubio September 12 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. President Obama’s call on Wednesday for the United States to lead an international military campaign in the Middle East has the potential to begin a departure from the isolationism that he and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton have advocated during their years in office. There is a risk, however, that the...
  • Charlie Crist Campaign implodes in Morgan Drunken Tirade (video, strong language)

    09/07/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
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  • FL:Criminal Offers to "Mow Lawn" if let go

    09/06/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When dealing with criminals, it is important to know that they cannot be trusted.  They lie.  If you are holding them at gunpoint, they are likely to tell you anything that they think will be to their advantage.   You might hear a sob story to the effect that they needed money for their children's shoes, or that this is the "first time" this ever happened.   An interesting example just occurred in Florida, where a burglary suspect offered to mow his victim's lawn.  From myfoxtampabay.com: Cihak saw Remley digging through his living room and then fired two shots after he...
  • Times poll: Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist, 41-36

    09/04/2014 7:01:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 9/4/14 | Adam C Smith
    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices.....
  • FL: 89-Year-Old Wins Gunfight with Career Criminal

    08/28/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A decorated WWII veteran, who never fired a shot while overseas, won a battle with a robber half his age on Saturday.   The hand to hand combat lasted until Arthur M. Lewis and the robber were both exhausted.   Lewis had shot the robber six times, four times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the wrist and leg.  Lewis himself was wounded with a graze to his left arm. Lewis' girlfriend says that people think of him as frail, but he is anything but frail. The alleged robber, Lennard Patrick Jervis, has been arrested...
  • FL:Legaly Blind, Homeowner Shoots Intruder who Cut Power

    08/28/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Melchisedec Williams is 50 years old and legally blind.  He has no sight in his right eye, and only minor vision in his left, because of Glaucoma.  He took in his 15 year old nephew to try to help straighten the boy out after he got into trouble at his mother's house.   The nephew disappeared a week ago.  He was arrested last Sunday on a separate charge, the family reports.  From theglobaldispatch.com: Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only...
  • Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida

    08/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Florida man demonstrated human' occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children. Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens From local10.com: "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood...
  • (Tropical Storm)Cristobal Will Bring Rough Surf To US Eastern Beaches

    08/24/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Accuweather.com ^ | 8-24-2014 | Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    Kristina Pydynowski, Senior MeteorologistAugust 24, 2014 Tropical Storm Cristobal has taken shape and is expected to become a hurricane and impact the Atlantic beaches of the United States with hazardous conditions. Tropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal at 6:20 a.m. EDT Sunday. Cristobal was churning near the southern Bahamas at that time. Cristobal is forecast to stay east of the U.S. this week. However the Atlantic coast will not be free of impacts from the tropical system. "Even if a tropical storm or hurricane was to stay east of the Atlantic coast of the U.S., a strong system...
  • Florida Judge Deals a Blow to Democrats on Districting

    08/22/2014 11:33:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | August 22, 2014 | IZETTE ALVAREZ
    Florida Judge Deals a Blow to Democrats on Districting By LIZETTE ALVAREZ AUG. 22, 2014 MIAMI — In a blow to Florida Democrats, a state judge on Friday approved a slightly modified congressional map drawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature and decided that the 2014 election could proceed under the old map, which he had ruled unconstitutional. Two days after a sharply partisan hearing on the new map, Terry P. Lewis, a state judge in Leon County, concluded that the rejiggered boundaries for seven districts, while not perfect, “sufficiently” addressed his constitutional concerns. A coalition of Democratic-leaning voter rights groups had...
  • FL: Couple wins Gunfight with Intruder

    08/19/2014 3:32:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The  intruder broke in the back door, which had a deadbolt lock.  He then chased the wife, and started fighting with the husband, who was still in bed when he heard the wife's cries for help.   The intruder, Marquise Trevel  Yates, had a gun, but initially used it as a bludgeon.  It is unclear exactly how many guns were involved, or who fired how often.  From news4jax.com: According to the police report, Coker retrieved his personal firearm and exchanged gunfire with Yates. Coker's wife, Pam, also fired her personal handgun at Yates, who died at the scene. Later, this...
  • Charlie Crist To Feds: Don’t Kick The Undocumented Off Obamacare Coverage

    08/15/2014 6:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s governor race in November, says the Obama administration shouldn’t require proof of immigration status for Obamacare sign-ups. “We need to make this law work for the people depending on it, and the President should suspend this requirement so that no American citizen loses their health insurance due to a bureaucratic requirement,” Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told Politico Thursday. Over 310,000 Obamacare customers have failed to provide proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status to the Obama administration, after the federal government contacted them between five and seven times about discrepancies in the...
  • FL: Gun v. Car: Gun Wins

    08/14/2014 6:31:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hummers are very capable vehicles, but like all machines, they are not more capable than  the people operating them.  In Fort Worth, Florida, a man spent all day drinking and getting a tattoo done.  When he decided to leave, he started driving erratically over the lawn and neighbors driveway.   When the lawn's owner started screaming, the neighbor grabbed a firearm of unidentified make and caliber/gauge. The neighbor fired one shot that deflated the front passenger tire; Gonzolez-Lopez backed up, then started toward them.   The neighbor then shot out the passenger side rear tire.   The Hummer driver retreated and drove...
  • 2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!

    08/12/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Moe Lane
    This was, of course, inevitable. Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist. “Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths. … Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate...
  • The Fastest-Growing States For Tech Jobs [Republican led Texas & Florida]

    08/12/2014 8:09:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/7/14 | Susan Adams
    What state is adding technology jobs at the greatest rate? My guess would have been Washington, where Seattle has become a center for cloud computing....[but it is behind]....No. 1, Texas, No. 2, Florida,
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    08/11/2014 4:54:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/9/14 | Joshua Gillin
    PolitiFact Florida checked into Charlie Crist’s statement and found that tax revenue has increased because of rising property values.
  • Court rules Florida doctors may NOT harass patients about gun ownership

    08/06/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/6/14 | Doug Book
    In 2011, the State of Florida passed a law popularly referred to as “Docs vs Glocks” which prevents doctors meddling in the gun ownership prerogatives of their patients. Why would such a statute be necessary? The following is a portion of a policy statement included on the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Until handguns are banned, we recommend that handguns and handgun ammunition be regulated, that restrictions be placed on handgun ownership, and that the number of privately owned handguns be reduced. Firearms should be removed from the environments where children live and play …” Uppermost in the...