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  • 'Game Status: ON'! Team Cruz pulls no punches with 'PERFECT anti-Trump' ad [video]

    02/11/2016 6:54:53 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 151 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 11, 2016
    'Game Status: ON'! Team Cruz pulls no punches with 'PERFECT anti-Trump' ad [video]...
  • Florida Governor Declares States of Emergency Over Zika Virus

    02/06/2016 5:27:47 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/5/2016 | Raven Clabough
    A state of emergency has been declared in four Florida counties -- Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee, and Santa Rosa -- after nine people were diagnosed with the Zika virus. While the nine people are believed to have contracted the virus while out of the country, Florida's governor, Rick Scott, said he wants the state to be on high alert. "Although Florida's current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state," Scott said in a statement on Thursday. "Our Department of Health will continue to...
  • Senator Portilla, R-Miami, Holds the Key to Florida Open Carry

    02/01/2016 10:16:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla The Florida open carry bill has moved out of Committee in the Florida House.  It will likely be voted on by the full House in the next few weeks.  From cbslocal.com: TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) - A bill that would allow Florida gun owners to openly carry their weapons is headed to a full vote. The bill cleared a committee vote 12 to 4 on Thursday.The next step will be a full vote by the Florida House in the next few weeks.The difficulty lies in the Senate, where Senator Portilla is Chair of the Judiciary Committee...
  • Kalashnikov cranking up AK-47 factory in Florida

    01/28/2016 3:24:21 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | Aaron Smith and Abigail Brooks
    The famous Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles have been made in frigid Moscow since their inception 69 years ago. Soon, they'll be made in sunny Florida, too. Kalashnikov USA has been approved by the city of Pompano Beach to assemble guns there. Kalashnikov USA of Tullytown, Pa., was importing rifles made by Kalashnikov Concern, the original AK-47 manufacturer in Moscow, until 2014 when President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia following its annexation of Crimea. At that point, Kalashnikov USA severed all ties with the Russian company. The company started making the guns in Pennsylvania last year, but is shifting manufacturing to...
  • Lawbreaking Bikers Promote Anti-Second Amendment Message

    01/24/2016 7:40:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    People all along the East Coast are increasingly being subjected to a low level of lawless intimidation with massive traffic intimidation by a subculture of outlaw bikers.  This is a separate subculture that revels in their ability to escape police and to break traffic laws with impunity.  You will not find many, if any, Harleys, street bikes or touring bikes among them.  I did not see any riders with recognizable "colors" that are emblematic of motorcycle clubs that have significant reach.  Most are unlicensed dirt bikes and ATVs.  The riders have learned to break the law with impunity, especially...
  • Trump dominates Florida in new FAU poll (Trump 48, next-nearest 16)

    01/20/2016 10:58:44 AM PST · by xzins · 46 replies
    Fox WFLX ^ | Jan 20, 2016
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to maintain his domineering lead in the 2016 race for the GOP nomination. With now less than 60 days to the Florida primary, Trump is leading by 32 points in the state. In a new FAU/BEPI poll released today, the billionaire real estate mogul and part-time Palm Beacher pulls a whopping 48 percent among likely Republican primary voters in Florida. Trump’s next-nearest competitor among the Republican candidates, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, takes 16 percent while the junior senator from the state, Marco Rubio, received 11 percent and the former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush carries...
  • ICYMI: Planned Parenthood Said It Was "Disrespectful" Paul Ryan Invited Nuns to SOTU

    01/18/2016 1:22:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Some of House Speaker Paul Ryan's guests for the State of the Union address were sisters from the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious order dedicated to caring for the elderly poor. The order is suing the federal government over the HHS Mandate, because the sisters do not want to provide contraception to their employees via their insurance plans. (The group does not qualify as a "religious employer" because they employ and serve people of all faiths.) Naturally, Planned Parenthood took offense to this. Never missing an opportunity, @SteveKingIA & @SpeakerRyan used tonight's #SOTU address to send an...
  • New Poll: Trump Has Big Lead in Florida; Cruz in Second with Bush and Rubio Battling for Third Place

    01/18/2016 10:36:35 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies
    A post-debate survey conducted for FOX 13 Tampa Bay, FOX 35 Orlando, and The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) shows Donald Trump holding a 12 point lead over Ted Cruz. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in a tight battle for third. The survey by OpinionSavvy in conjunction with InsiderAdvantage of 838 likely Florida primary was conducted Sunday, January 17 by IVR phone and mobile devices. The survey has a margin of error of 3.3%. It is weighted for age, race, and gender.The results: Trump: 31% Cruz: 19% Bush: 13% Rubio: 12%
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • FL: This Senator Holds the Key to Open Carry and Campus Carry in Florida this Year

    01/17/2016 5:38:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The immediate fate of the open carry and campus carry bills in Florida rest in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami.  From bizjournals.com: But the chances might be better that the Senate Judiciary Committee will look at allowing Floridians to openly carry sidearms than moving forward with another proposal that would allow guns on state university and college campuses. Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, said he and committee staff members continue to review the high-profile proposals, which would apply to people who have concealed-weapons licenses. The Senate President,...
  • Does The United States Need More Regulation Of Gun Sales? (Poll)

    01/06/2016 7:25:54 AM PST · by Bushbacker1 · 70 replies
    The Lakeland (FL) Ledger ^ | 1-6-16 | Bushbacker1
    Freep the poll!
  • Jeb Bush rallies South Florida loyalists, ahead of New Hampshire push (Campaigns in Spanish again)

    12/29/2015 6:23:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/28/15 | PATRICIA MAZZEI AND AMY SHERMAN
    Jeb Bush campaigned in two backyards Monday - his own and Donald Trump's - to ask longtime Bush believers to keep the faith in his presidential candidacy. At a Hialeah rally and a West Palm Beach speech, the former Florida governor made no reference to his stagnant poll numbers, which have him trailing several rivals even in his home state. -snip- Trump's name had drawn jeers from the largely Hispanic Hialeah crowd. -snip- "I'm very optimistic about New Hampshire," Bush insisted to reporters in Spanish. "It's already my second home." When another Spanish-language journalist asked Bush if he might drop...
  • Florida GOP official: 'Hurrah for Cruz'

    12/27/2015 12:53:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 26, 2015 | Curt Mills
    Ted Cruz scored a key endorsement right in heart of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush country Saturday. Miami-Dade Republican Party Vice Chairman Manny Roman spurned the two local presidential hopefuls to instead endorse Cruz, a Texas Republican. "Even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz's story and platform break through all the noise," Roman wrote in a letter to the Miami Herald. The letter is titled "Hurrah for Cruz." "Cruz is an incredibly talented, principled and unwavering voice for constitutional and limited government," Roman wrote. The Miami-Dade Republican...
  • Free Shotgun with Jewelry Purchase in Florida Store

    12/24/2015 7:13:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been a number of promotions over the years where shotguns have been given away with the purchase of a car or truck.  This Florida stores, which combine jewelry and guns, are offering a free shotgun with the purchase of select Jewelry.  And the jewelry is not as expensive as a car.In Deland, Florida, the Downtown Goldsmith & Engraving and 2nd Amendment  Firearms are two stores with the same ownership and under the same roof.  They are owned by a husband and wife team who started the business three years ago.  They have been offering the promotion for...
  • Court: Doctors Have no Right to Interrogate Patients about Guns

    12/23/2015 7:51:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The 11th Circuit has struck a resounding blow against the medicalization of gun control and in favor of the Second Amendment.As criminological research has shown that infringements on Second Amendment rights either increase violent crime and murder rates, or have no effect, those that push for a disarmed public got creative in finding a way to justify their desire.  They settled on the medicalization of guns, or as they say, framing the debate as a public health concern.   The purpose is simple.  Define "gun violence" as a disease, and guns become something that the government can regulate without worrying...
  • CAIR’s ‘Deputy Hamas’ Teaches Radical Mosque to Use Guns-next San Bernardino in Florida?

    12/21/2015 4:53:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 21, 2015 | Joe Kaufman
    CAIR's 'Deputy Hamas' Teaches Radical Mosque to Use Guns Will the next San Bernardino be in Florida? December 21, 2015 Joe Kaufman Nezar Hamze is a leader in the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is also a Deputy Sheriff in the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO), in Broward County, Florida. This background has given him the opportunity to exploit his position in law enforcement to assist his Islamist friends in their desire for weapons training. This month, he did so at a Tampa Bay, Florida mosque that partners with designated terrorist organizations. CAIR was established in June 1994...
  • [Sunshine State] Solar Initiative Circling the Drain

    12/20/2015 1:36:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 18, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    Floridians for Solar Choice, an ad hoc group seeking a carve-out for the already heavily subsidized solar industry in Florida, appears to be running out of sunshine (it wouldn't do to say gas here) in its constitutional amendment petition drive. The group has gathered 271,000 certified signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 state ballot that would oblige the state to promote solar power over other forms of electrical power generation and would allow citizens to generate solar power through a solar power company. This generation and sales would not be regulated in any way by the...
  • FL GOP Presidential Primary 12/17/15

    12/18/2015 10:21:05 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 12 replies
    Opinion Savvy ^ | 12/18/15 | Opinion Savvy
    FL GOP Presidential Primary 12/17/15 1. If the 2016 Florida Republican primary to determine the Republican nominee for president were held today and your choices were: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump for whom would you vote?
  • Florida Open Carry Gains Momentum

    12/14/2015 1:21:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The push to reform Florida gun laws to restore open carry rights has gained significant momentum in the last few weeks.  First, on October 5th, the licensed Open Carry bill,  HB-163, passed the Florida House Criminal Justice sub-committee, with an 8-4 vote.  Second, one day later, the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the Florida Open Carry ban in the Norman v. State (Florida) (PDF) case.   The Florida Sheriff's Association, using rather heavy-handed tactics, came out against the open carry bill in the middle of October . Now the Florida Police Chiefs Association has said...
  • Death Penalty for Open Carry in Florida.

    12/11/2015 9:36:24 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 12/11/2015 | unknown
    "...Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a staunch opponent of open carry, said the four amendments wouldn't make the bill acceptable to him - or safe for people who openly display their guns. For instance, he said, if an officer arrives at the scene of a crime and sees someone with a weapon, "At a minimum, they're going to be thrown down on the ground with a gun pointed at them - or worse. "And if good citizen with a concealed weapon walks into, say, a bank during an armed robbery, Gualtieri added, "he's going to take one in the chest...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity: Clearwater Florida, 12 December, 2015

    11/30/2015 6:17:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event on Saturday, 12 December, 2015 in Clearwater, Florida.  Clearwater is in Pinellas County.  While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex parking lot, 2450 Drew St. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From suncoastnews.com: This will be the Clearwater Police Department’s first buyback event since June 2011, when it collected 189 guns. Hall said officers plan to buy about $10,000 worth...
  • Poll finds Dr. Carson tops GOP race in Colorado; top Republicans beat Clinton

    11/18/2015 8:05:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2015
    Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination among Colorado voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday which also finds that he is one of a number of Republicans who would soundly beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Centennial State in a general election match-up. In the race for the Republican nomination, the poll finds Carson leads in Colorado with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 19 percent, business mogul Donald Trump with 17 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 14 percent, Carly Fiorina...
  • Florida Sheriff Supports Open Carry; Criticizes “secret vote”

    10/31/2015 7:39:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sheriff Frank Mckeithen of Bay County, Florida, has come out in favor of open carry and the Second Amendment, and against the way in which the Florida Sheriffs’ Association conducted a vote to lobby against the open carry bill.  The vote has been represented in the media as a “secret vote”.   The accepted definition of a secret ballot is one in which the identities of the voters are kept secret from the people who count the votes.  That way, reprisals against people who vote for or against a particular measure or person are prevented, and people have less to worry...
  • Video Supports Motorcyclist’ Self Defense Claim

    10/26/2015 4:33:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A story is developing in Florida.  It appears to be another case where the video shows a completely different story from what the police originally reported. Christian Gunter is the motorcyclist.Note that he is wearing a full face helmet and what appears to be a complete motorcycle outfit, including jacket and pants.This picture is a screenshot from surveillance video, just after the shooting.The red car in the upper right is the car that the person who was shot, Roger Atlas, arrived in.Roger is wearing a green upper garment in the video below.Here is the early report from Sarasota County...
  • Florida Open Carry Bill Passes Committee

    10/26/2015 7:16:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida CS/SB 300 has passed the Senate Criminal Justice committee, 3 to 2.  Florida is one of only five states where the open carry of modern handguns is routinely banned in public places.  Texas passed a licensed open carry bill on 13 June of 2015.  It will go into effect in January.  The gun law reform bill that passed the Florida Senate committee still has quite a ways to go.  It would reform several aspects of the current law that have been shown to have deleterious effects over the last few years.  Here is a summation of the bill. ...
  • Dog lies down in road for hours at spot where Florida accident claims his owner's life

    A Florida woman was fatally struck by a big rig truck Friday and for hours afterward her dog remained at the scene, lying down in the road where the accident happened. Deputies found the victim dead in the street around 6:15 a.m. near a Jacksonville gas station, ActionNewsJax reported. The family identified her as Kelly Black, 42, and told the Fox affiliate she was walking her dog Paco at the time. Paco, who was uninjured, stayed with Black after she was hit. He remained there, lying in the road with a red bandana around his neck, long after her body...
  • Report Traces Jeb Bush’s Ties to Companies That Had Business With Florida

    10/21/2015 4:21:59 PM PDT · by Amntn · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/21/15 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and STEVE EDER
    Since announcing his presidential candidacy in June, Jeb Bush has made clear his distaste for officials who trade on their connections. He has assailed the revolving-door culture of Washington, calling for “a little bit of a recession” there to thin the ranks of the permanent political class. He has proposed a strict six-year ban on lobbying for departing members of the House and the Senate.Snip...Yet a review of Mr. Bush’s finances shows that he has built his personal wealth with the help of companies that had business interests with Florida while he was governor, and that singled out his political...
  • One dead, four wounded in shooting at Fort Myers Zombicon

    10/18/2015 5:27:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    NBC-2 - ^ | Oct. 18, 2015
    Police are searching for the suspect in the downtown Fort Myers shooting that left one person dead and four others injured. The shooting happened in the 2200 block of First Street around 11:45 p.m. -- while the annual Zombicon event was going on in downtown Fort Myers. Thousands were filling the streets for the city's annual Zombicon Fest when witnesses say they heard eight to ten pops. Many immediately recognized it as gunfire and went running in every direction. Crows of people were running in fear, not knowing what happened.
  • 603 Alliance Caucus Cruz, Carson and Fiorina 1-2-3 Trump falters Bush & Co shut out

    10/17/2015 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies
    Da Tech Guy Blog ^ | October 17th, 2015 | Datechguy
    The 603 alliance had their caucus today at the Hopkinton State Fair grounds in Contoocook NH. The idea was to get conservatives in NH to unite behind a single candidate via a caucus. Ted Cruz has won, Ben Carson came in 2nd Carly Fiorina 3rd. Donald Trump failed to make the first cut not managing 25 votes, Jeb bush didn’t manage a single vote. Under the rules if the winner of the 603 alliance caucus drops out of the presidential race the people pledge to support the 2nd place finisher and so forth. Expect updates Update 1 I arrived at...
  • FL: Witnesses Gather Money to Return to Brinks Driver in Foiled Robbery

    10/10/2015 5:55:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A  Brinks driver was attempting to fill an ATM in Orange County, Florida.  A robber approached him from behind, and grabbed at the money bag.  The driver drew his pistol and fired three or four shots at the robber, who fled.  Money flew all over the parking lot. Witnesses helped recover the cash and returned it to the Brinks Driver.  From the video at  wesh.com: WE'RE TOLD BY SHERIFFS THAT A BRINKS DRIVER WAS TRYING TO FILLING UP THE ATM WHEN A MAN JUST CAME UP BEHIND HIM, TRIED TO GET THE MONEY IN THAT BRINKS DRIVER STARTED SHOOTING...
  • Florida HB169 Strengthens Protection for Self Defense

    10/08/2015 1:42:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida HB169, a bill that would limit prosecutors ability to use the legal process to punish people who have legitimately acted in self defense, has been introduced in the Florida Senate.HB169 was introduced on the 15th of September by Senator Baxley, co-introduced by Combee, Drake, Gaetz and Stone.  From the flsenate.gov: Use or Threatened Use of Defensive Force; Provides legislative findings & intent; provides for retroactive application; specifies that once prima facie claim of self-defense immunity has been raised, burden of proof shall be on party seeking to overcome immunity from criminal prosecution; entitles criminal defendants who successfully claim such...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • ISIS releases ‘Kill List’ of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released ‘Kill List’, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • The Big Sunshiny Lie... solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned

    09/08/2015 4:46:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 7, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    As Florida enviros push for their solar amendment, solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned.The important thing to know about solar and wind power, and other so-called “renewable” sources of energy, is that they aren’t necessary. Au the contraire, their dominance of the energy mix would be a disaster for the republic. Solar and wind create trifling amounts of power at a multiple of the cost of power made available by fossil fuels.Increased reliance on pricy power from wind and solar would drive up the overall cost of energy, which in turn would drive up the cost of everything. EVERYTHING! Not just individual...
  • FL: Victim Exercises Restraint, does not Shoot Armed Robber

    08/19/2015 4:26:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    People with carry permits are among the most law abiding and responsible groups in the United States.   Not only are they more responsible and law abiding than the general population, but they are several times more law abiding than police officers.  A recent case in Florida shows the restraint of a legal gun owner after being robbed at gunpoint.   From myfoxorlando.com: Vittoria explained, "I had my gun. I rolled the window down, pointed it and said, 'Put my briefcase down!' I could have shot him right then, but then what? Then I'm in big trouble. My thought process was...
  • Illegal Immigrant Slaughters 3 People, Unborn Child, (‘Almost Unimaginable’ Crime Scene)

    08/14/2015 4:55:32 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 14 2015 | Jason Howerton
    An illegal immigrant in Lee County, Florida, allegedly slaughtered three people and an unborn child in a shocking act of violence that left behind a crime scene that was “almost unimaginable,” police said. The suspect, Brian Omar Hyde, has been charged in the killings of Dorla Pitts, 37, her 17-year-old daughter Starlette Pitts and 19-year-old Michael Kelly, Jr., WBBH-TV reported. Police only said the victims were hit several times with some type of sharp object. Hyde reportedly crossed the southern border into the U.S. earlier this year. Police said he had blood on his clothes at the time of his...
  • Teen drowns after being swept into Jupiter Inlet

    08/08/2015 6:34:34 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 23 replies
    wsvn Fort Lauderdale ^ | 8-8-15 | n/a
    JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating after, they said, a 15-year-old boy who was pulled into the Jupiter Inlet drowned Friday evening. According to Jupiter Police, the victim was swimming in the lagoon area of DuBois Park, located at 19075 DuBois Road, when he was swept by the outgoing tide. While in the water, several bystanders, along with a retired Jupiter Police officer, attempted to rescue him, to no avail. Jupiter Police and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue received reports of the drowning and responded to the scene at around 5:45 p.m. About an hour later, divers were able...
  • Missing teens defined salt life in Florida

    08/02/2015 8:48:03 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 42 replies
    mypalmbeachpost.com ^ | 8-1-15 | John Pacenti
    JUPITER — From Juno Beach to Tequesta, boys like Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen congregate wherever they can get a pole in the water. They pepper the turquoise waves aboard boats. They talk incessantly about what’s biting: snook, kingfish, wahoo. These are pier rats, not mall rats — known for lounging and canoodling on a sand bar accessible only by water and within the gaze of the iconic sunburnt Jupiter Lighthouse. They are obsessed about the newest fishing lures rather than video games, music or sports. “They are more fish than boy,” said Marvin Steiding, a charter boat captain at...
  • FL: Be careful what you say to 911

    07/30/2015 5:41:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    What you say on 911 is recorded.  It can and will be used against you in a court of law.  My friend and publisher of numerous books on gun laws, Alan Korwin, says that in the vast majority of cases where people involved in self defense scenarios end up in serious legal difficulties, it is what they said on 911 that got them into trouble.  He expounds on this in his book "After You Shoot".   In a recent case in Florida, both male participants made errors.  One is dead and one has been charged.         I...
  • 2 Teens missing off Jupiter

    07/26/2015 7:37:46 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 101 replies
    lid time ^ | 7-24-15 | Alex Crown
    Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for two missing 14-year-old boys in the vicinity of Jupiter. Austin Stephanos (left) and Perry Cohen (right), both 14, were reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip on Friday off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. They were last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m after purchasing $110 worth of fuel. Officials received a report that the boys had disappeared at about 5 p.m. after they didn’t return to shore at the expected time. The Coast Guard had covered about 5,300-square nautical miles by Saturday morning. The Palm Bay Sheriff’s Office is also providing...
  • Fl: Open Carry Event on Tampa Pier

    07/24/2015 5:01:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    ADulay, a regular contributor to opencarry.org, wrote about the open carry event that was held in Tampa over the weekend.   From opencarry.org: For those of you who could not make this meeting, here's a very quick synopsis of what you missed. Just over 50 guys, all open carrying, showed up with fishing gear, donuts, coffee and a great attitude. No police anywhere near the place. Lots of civilian people fishing and no problems with that at all. Several questions from curious people and most, if not all were amazed at the laws in Florida. I can only assume that...
  • David Jolly Out Front But Many Republicans Undecided on 2016 Senate Choice

    07/16/2015 3:57:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    There’s no clear favorite in the Republican primary to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2016, though U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla. is ahead of the other candidates, a new poll shows. St. Pete Polls took a survey of likely Florida Republican primary voters for St. Petersblog which was released on Thursday. Jolly takes 22 percent while U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., garners 12 percent. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who launched his Senate bid on Wednesday, pulls 11 percent and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., gets 9 percent. But 23 percent of Republicans support other candidates (including businessman Todd...
  • Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

    07/15/2015 3:21:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | July 15, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state’s political landscape. Republican Rep. David Jolly will likely announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat next week, the first implication from the Florida State Supreme Court last week striking down the state’s congressional map. Jolly’s 13th District is likely to favor a Democratic candidate after the map is redrawn, pushing the one-term Republican to enter the already crowded GOP Senate primary to replace GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who is forgoing re-election to run for president. Jolly’s decision presents a...
  • Baby Turtles Hatch, Tumble, and Swim [video]

    07/09/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
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  • Marlins Fernandez launches homer, downs Giants in return

    07/02/2015 12:19:09 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 7-2-15 | Craig Davis
    It had been nearly 400 days since Jose Fernandez stepped onto the mound in a major league game. The long road to get back from Tommy John surgery was trying but ultimately inspiring. Appropriatedly, so his triumphant return to the Marlins in a rollicking matinee revival Thursday at Marlins Park. After a slow start, the charismatic Cuban not only resurrected the magic of his Rookie of the Year 2013 season, he contributed an uplifting home run that sent the Marlins on course for a 5-4 victory that concluded a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. Fernandez, now 13-0...
  • Police: Mother Arrested For Stabbing Teen Daughter

    06/02/2015 7:00:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | Oralia Ortega
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mother is in custody while her teen daughter was rushed to the hospital after an argument escalated Sunday afternoon, City of Miami Police said. “We received a 911 call from mom stating that her daughter had been stabbed,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. That call led police to a home at NW 2nd St. and 60th Ave. As it turns out, investigators determined it was the 47-year-old Odalys Rodriguez who had stabbed her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Jack Nicklaus used the same 3-wood for all 18 major wins (37 years)

    05/28/2015 12:30:39 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 43 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 5-27-15 | Ryan Ballengee
    How often do you buy new golf clubs? Every year, three years? Would you use the same club for 37 years? No, you wouldn't, but Jack Nicklaus did and it helped him to 18 major titles. Nicklaus used a 1958 MacGregor 693 3-wood to win all of his major championships and 73 PGA Tour titles. He stopped using it in 1995. It's now on display in the new Jack Nicklaus Room at the USGA's museum at its Far Hills, N.J. headquarters. While the 3-wood is out of his bag now, he still uses what he called "small-headed" irons. Fans ask...
  • Massive synthetic putting green opens in Port St. Lucie [Golf Ping]

    05/27/2015 4:25:07 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 2 replies
    PB Post Blog ^ | 5-26-15 | Brian Biggane
    Residents of Vitalia at Tradition in Port St. Lucie desiring to work on their short game have a remarkable new resource literally at their fingertips. The active adult community recently opened a 43,000-square-foot synthetic putting green that is believed to be the largest in the United States and possibly the world. Designed by golf course architect George Clifton, the synthetic surface is comprised of environmentally friendly, recyclable premium nylon that will never require watering, pesticides or other chemicals. The complex is large enough that it has a native area of trees and plants incorporated into its design. It is available...
  • About Florida Immigration Coalition [Illegal aliens have their own web site]

    05/27/2015 4:48:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of more than 50 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants.We accomplish our mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing and advocacy.
  • Scott Walker might skip Florida primary in Bush-Rubio territory

    05/26/2015 12:03:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    As Republicans prepare to pick their next presidential nominee, there's one primary that's already likely to get expensive and intense: Florida -- home to former governor Jeb Bush, who is likely to run, and Sen. Marco Rubio, who made his announcement in Miami. That's why Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who has been riding high in early polls, said Tuesday that he might skip the Florida primary. “If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there that we wouldn’t play in," Walker, who has yet to get into the race, said on Laura Ingraham's radio...