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  • 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...
  • License to Launder - High rollers with badges (Miami cops gone wild)

    08/01/2015 7:33:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 08/01/2015 | Michael Sallah
    For an undercover crew designed to operate in the shadows, the Tri-County Task Force could be a big-spending, high-rolling force. After showing up for guard duty at Bal Harbour’s Sea View Hotel, Wilner Pierre surveyed the cluster of boisterous men lounging at the pool, drinks in hand.The 58-year-old security guard asked them to remove the glass from the pool area of the elegant, 1940s-era resort. When they refused, he threatened to call the police.Then came their response: We are the police.Members of an elite, undercover task force claimed the hotel as a de facto base, converging at the pool, dining...
  • Iowa Poll: Trump Takes Huge Lead Over Walker

    08/01/2015 3:36:14 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 99 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/31/15 | Courtney Coren
    Billionaire Donald Trump is blowing away his nearest competitor, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 2-to-1, in a poll of Iowa Republican voters released Friday by Gravis Marketing on behalf of One American News Network. Trump has a 15-point lead over Walker in the poll taken of 227 registered Republican voters in the Hawkeye State, asked Wednesday who among the GOP candidates for president they would vote for if the caucus were held today. The results, according to the poll: Trump, 30.9 percent Walker, 15.4 percent Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 7.2 percent Former Arkansas Gov....
  • Why Jeb Bush played nice with Hillary Clinton in Florida (because she's his "sister-in-law"!!!)

    08/01/2015 5:23:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Annie Karni and Eli Stokols
    Appearing Friday at the National Urban League Conference here in the country’s most important swing state, Hillary Clinton didn’t mention Jeb Bush by name, but tore apart the entire premise of his “right to rise” mission statement. Striding onto that same stage less than an hour later, Bush acknowledged Clinton’s presence at the conference in order to thank her for appearing there, then proceeded to ignore her attacks and campaign altogether. In the first instance of the two top-tier legacy candidates appearing back to back at the same event, Clinton and Bush demonstrated the starkly different ways the two candidates...
  • Group sues to stop bear hunting in Florida

    08/01/2015 4:30:49 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 15 replies
    wfla.com ^ | 8/1/2015 | AP
    <p>An environmental advocacy group is suing Florida’s wildlife-protection commission, demanding a stop to a planned bear hunting season in the fall. Speak Up Wekiva filed the lawsuit Friday in Tallahassee. The lawsuit claims the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission violated the state constitution by lifting a two-decade ban on bear hunting. Amendment 5 was passed in 1998 and requires the state to make adequate provision to protect its natural resources. A commission spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Florida outlawed all bear hunting in 1994. But a bear rebound, as well as an increase in the number of nuisance calls and bears killed by cars, were cited as reasons for allowing a new one-week hunt in the fall. There would be a limit of 200 bears total. The lawsuit was first reported by WMFE-FM in Orlando.</p>
  • Walton County votes to replace one Confederate flag with another (Florida)

    08/01/2015 5:53:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | july 28, 2015 | steve bousquet
    Bucking a national trend, a defiant Walton County voted Tuesday after an emotional hearing to replace one Confederate flag with another one at its courthouse in the Florida Panhandle. Under intense pressure from a deeply divided citizenry, county commissioners agreed to remove the controversial flag with the X-shaped Southern Cross design that has flown at the courthouse in DeFuniak Springs since 1964, the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. As that flag heads to a local museum, it will be replaced by the first version of the Confederate flag known as the stars and bars, with 13 stars...
  • Numbers add up to 2016 presidential battleground in Florida

    07/31/2015 10:27:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | January 18, 2015 | Anthony Man
    Florida's rapidly changing population mix, deeply divided electorate and rank as the third most populous state in the nation could give Sunshine State voters the clout to decide who will win the presidency in 2016. As the closest swing state in the country, Florida's 29 electoral votes are a huge prize that represent more than 10 percent of the total needed to win the presidency. And that means the state's voters can look forward to everything that comes with a sizzling hot presidential election contest: months of wall-to-wall ads on TV; candidates, family members and political friends courting every possible...
  • Father of missing Florida boy: “I know those boys are out there. I know they are OK

    07/31/2015 6:25:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 32 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 31 JULY 2015 | WBAY.COM
    CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – It has been a week since Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos went missing during a fishing trip, their boat was found off the Florida coast. It’s believed the current would have taken them north and that has been how the search has progressed for Blu Stephanos, Austin’s father. “I feel like a drained battery I feel like I have been going as hard as I can, and every time I have someone just say they are going to find them or they are praying for me– or I meet them out here at the airstrip and...
  • Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race

    07/31/2015 3:06:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/31/15 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    Jeb Bush and his aides had envisioned a big, inclusive, high-minded speech about race on Friday in his home state of Florida, a chance to bring his message of colorblind opportunity to a prestigious group of African-American leaders. In a rare gesture of bipartisanship, Mr. Bush even planned to warmly quote President Obama, usually the subject of his derision. Then Hillary Rodham Clinton stomped all over those plans. In a biting pre-emptive attack delivered as Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, waited backstage here at the annual convention of the National Urban League, Mrs. Clinton portrayed him as a hypocrite...
  • Jeb Bush's Political Apparatus Has Already Paid Mike Murphy's Firm $750,000

    07/31/2015 3:23:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/31/15 | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The longtime ally of the Republican presidential candidate is benefiting from his perch leading Bush’s super PAC. For months, Jeb Bush's inner circle has argued that the decision for longtime top Bush confidante Mike Murphy to set up shop at the super PAC, rather than the campaign, made smart strategic sense. New federal filings released on Friday show exactly how much it made for Murphy, in dollars and cents. Revolution Media Group, Murphy's political firm, has had more than $750,000 pass through its Los Angeles-based offices so far in 2015, between consulting fees, Web services, early-state ad buys, and travel...
  • Jeb Bush Fends Off Criticism for Serving on Bloomberg Philanthropy That Gave Millions to Planned

    07/31/2015 3:33:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/31/15 | Fred Lucas
    Jeb Bush Fends Off Criticism for Serving on Bloomberg Philanthropy That Gave Millions to Planned Parenthood’s Global Efforts. Jeb Bush “did not vote on or approve individual projects or programs” while serving as a leader on one of Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropies that gave millions to Planned Parenthood, his campaign said. The anti-abortion news outlet LifeSiteNews.com reported Thursday that Bush was named a founding director of the ex-New York City mayor’s Bloomberg Family Foundation, where he served until the end of last year. Before Bush departed, the organization gave $50 million for a reproductive health initiative that included work with Planned...
  • Everglades Python May Be Second-Largest Ever in Florida

    07/31/2015 12:40:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 12:25 PM ET | Staff via CBS Miami
    This python, captured in Shark Valley, in Everglades National Park, may be the second-largest python ever caught in Florida. USGS ======================================================================================================================== A python researcher working in Everglades National Park has captured what may be the second-largest Burmese python in the state of Florida, CBS Miami reports. The snake was captured on July 9 in the park's Shark Valley and was documented at 18 feet 3 inches long. It's just 4 inches shy of the state's record 18 foot 7 inch python caught in Miami-Dade, CBS notes. Whether it's indeed the second-largest, officially, remains unclear, due to differences in record-keeping in...
  • Doral considers resolution to condemn Trump for ‘racist’ comments about immigrants

    07/31/2015 11:48:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | July 31, 2015 | Brian Bandell, senior reporter
    Doral Vice Mayor Sandra Ruiz sponsored a resolution to condemn billionaire presidential candidate Donald J. Trump for his allegedly “racist” comments about Mexican immigrants. The city is home to one of Trump’s largest assets, the Trump National Doral Miami golf course and hotel. He previously received the city to the key, but his popularity with public officials there has waned since he made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants on June 16 when he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The population of Doral is mostly Hispanic and foreign born. Trump said about Mexico: “They’re sending people that have...
  • CG to end search at sunset today for Jupiter boys.

    With this big moon tonight I would like to see them give it one more night. I hung out of one of those search plane doors for years and that bright moon makes a dif. Feel bad for the young guys with so many gang bangers and dead end POS kids running around these days the to were having good clean fun but made a bad choice that day by heading to the outside.
  • Poll: Trump Holds a Commanding Lead in Arizona (Jeb in 3rd place)

    07/30/2015 7:08:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/20/15 | Greg Richter
    Real estate developer Donald Trump is continuing his strong showing in the GOP presidential polls, leading in Arizona in a new poll of top-10 candidates conducted by Phoenix-based MBQF Consulting. Respondents to the automated telephone survey were given a choice of the top 10 candidates as recently determined by a Politico story, pollster Mike Noble told The Arizona Republic. In that poll, recently announced candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich barely missed the cut and was not included in the survey. Trump was the favorite of 26.5 percent. He was followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12.6 percent and former...
  • Jeb Bush supported Planned Parenthood before he opposed it; Bush campaign response added

    07/30/2015 7:23:47 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 7/30/15 | Dustin Siggins
    In the world of politics, flip-flopping is an art. Unfortunately for Jeb Bush, he’s clearly not much of an artist. From LifeSiteNews bureau chief Ben Johnson: Until the eve of his presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was director of a philanthropy that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and financed its advocacy of “unrestricted access to abortion” around the world. The charity also approved money to global abortion providers while he sat on its board. In 2010, Jeb was named one of the founding directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, established as a tax-exempt foundation to advance the...
  • Florida MUSLIM who plotted WMD beach plot had been CLEARED for Key West AIRPORT

    07/30/2015 6:30:57 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 07/30/2015 | Pamela Geller
    is only a matter a time. You have to be right 100% of the time — and with Obama importing whole Muslim communities from jihad nations, it is impossible. Which is why we have seen this spike in jihad terror attacks (Chattanooga, Boston, Garland …..). The idea that you cannot profile for jihad is suicidal. It is submission to Islamic supremacism. A Florida man charged earlier this week in an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to detonate a bomb on a crowded beach was once cleared to work at the Key West International Airport, where his job provided him direct access...
  • Florida Teens Lost at Sea Have Been Missing for Six Days

    07/30/2015 5:39:28 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 38 replies
    People ^ | 07/30/2015 | Tara Fowler
    The desperate search for two missing Florida teens entered its sixth day on Thursday with no sign of the boys. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen buying fuel for their boat near Jupiter, Florida, on Friday. That boat was found capsized on Sunday, about 67 miles off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet. But the teens were nowhere in sight. The search has now expanded to the South Carolina coast, but officials are beginning to lose hope as the longest anyone has been know to survive in open water is five days.
  • Can anything save Puerto Rico from default? (30 cents on the dollar haircut)

    07/30/2015 4:08:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/30/15 | BRUCE KENNEDY
    While the ongoing economic drama in Greece is still dominating the financial news headlines, some analysts say Americans should be paying closer attention to a crisis that's unfolding in their own backyard, in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory and self-governing commonwealth once had one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean, fueled in part by manufacturing investment from the American mainland and federal tax breaks. But the end of those tax breaks nearly a decade ago, along with fallout from the Great Recession, have crippled Puerto Rico's economy over the ensuing years. Puerto Rico is scheduled to make nearly...
  • Florida Governor Orders Inspections of Planned Parenthood Facilities That Perform...

    07/30/2015 12:53:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    BLAZE.COM ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jon Street
    FULL TITLE: Florida Governor Orders Inspections of Planned Parenthood Facilities That Perform Abortions After ‘Deeply Troubling’ Videos TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions, saying he is troubled by videos describing the organization’s procedures for providing tissue from aborted fetuses for research. The Republican governor said Wednesday the state will take quick legal and regulatory action if any of the 16 facilities in Florida are found in violation of the law. “The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is...
  • Maybe Jeb Bush doesn’t have to pander to the right wing after all

    07/30/2015 12:44:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/30/15 | Paul Waldman
    When Jeb Bush said last December that the Republican nominee would have to be willing to “lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles,” it sounded like either a starkly realistic assessment of the dynamics of Republican presidential politics or an awfully naïve statement of what was actually possible for a Republican candidate. Most observers — myself included — thought that he’d have no choice but to mirror the anger of committed Republican voters. As the candidate perceived by base voters and the most moderate of the contenders, he’d have to go through the same ritual that...
  • Group {CAIR} sues Fla. gun shop that declared 'Muslim Free Zone'

    07/30/2015 12:06:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    usatoday | July 30, 2015 | Aamer Madhani
    Linky only.
  • Mitt Romney Attacks Ted Cruz for Calling Obama ‘Leading Financier of Terrorism’ over Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by Amntn · 102 replies
    The GatewayPundit ^ | 7/30/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Failed Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter early Thursday to attack Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, for his comments accusing President Barack Obama of becoming the leading financier of terrorism with his nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Video:"Morning Joe panel SHOCKED at new poll...Trump defeating JEB and Rubio in their HOME STATE"

    07/30/2015 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 30, 2015 | Morning Joe
    'The entire MSNBC panel was shocked that Trump is soundly defeating both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in their home state of Florida in a new poll.' Bloomberg Mark Halperin making excuses, but says Trump has Florida ties and he's a great fit for Florida. Scarborough: Donald Trump is just pounding the Republican field and other makes salient remarks. See the video at the link.
  • Inverness gun shop owner declares store Muslim-free zone (FL)

    07/21/2015 7:24:54 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 38 replies
    wfla.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Shannon Behnken
    NVERNESS, FL (WFLA) – Inverness-based Florida Gun Supply’s owner Andy Hallinan declared his store a “Muslim-free Zone,” in a politically controversial video posted on his business Facebook page. The post was met with a mix of support and strong criticism, particularly from the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate federal civil rights violations. In the video, Hallinan sits in front of a back-drop of a Confederate flag. He begins talking about Southern heritage. “This flag represents nothing but the rich heritage of the South and the willingness of patriots to stand...
  • 'Muslim-free' Florida gun store sued (by CAIR)

    07/29/2015 4:55:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Winnepeg Sun ^ | July 29, 2015 | Barbara Liston, Reuters
    ORLANDO, Fla., - A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness of violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, according to the complaint.
  • FBI: Islamic State sympathizer charged in backpack bomb plot in Florida

    07/29/2015 3:37:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach. It's the latest in a string of arrests targeting potential ISIS-related plots in the U.S. Earlier this month, the FBI touted its work in disrupting numerous such plans in places like the New York City area and Boston. A criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. If convicted, he could...
  • State investigating Planned Parenthood offices in Florida

    07/29/2015 3:34:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    baynews9 ^ | July 29, 2015, | baynews9
    ORLANDO -- The 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures are now under investigation by the state. Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will investigate the offices to ensure they are in full compliance with the law. Governor Rick Scott released the following statement: The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is against the law for any organization to sell body parts. I asked AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek to begin immediately dispatching staff from their licensure office to evaluate the 16 Planned...
  • Donald Trump Beating Jeb Bush even in Florida, New 2016 Poll Finds

    07/29/2015 1:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 07/29/2015 | Kevin Derby
    Businessman Donald Trump has been surging in polls at the state and national levels and a new one shows him leading in Florida, the home turf of Republican primary rivals former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. St. Pete Polls released a survey on behalf of Saint Petersblog on Wednesday which shows Trump in the lead in the Sunshine State with 26 percent. Bush places second with 20 percent. Most polls at this early stage in the process have shown Bush with a solid lead in Florida. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., places third with 12 percent followed...
  • SHOCK POLLS: Trump Just Scored Two HUGE Wins In A Way That Could Redefine The Race (Guess where?)

    07/29/2015 12:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 29, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    When the home team suffers an unexpected and startling defeat on its own field, fans and commentators will most likely take notice. And that’s just what’s happening today as the GOP front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump, scores a big win in a state where a rival or two could certainly be considered favorite sons. The website Florida Politics reports on what it calls the “shock poll” that finds Trump leading Jeb Bush by a significant margin in Florida, the state where George W.’s younger brother served as a very popular governor from 1999-2007. According to the just-released...
  • Shock poll: Donald Trump leads Jeb Bush 26-20% … in Florida (Is this for real?)

    07/29/2015 10:41:37 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 117 replies
    For the first time this year, Donald Trump tops a state poll of GOP presidential candidates in Florida. A St. Pete Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York businessman with 26 percent support, with Jeb Bush in second place with 20 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in third place with 12 percent, and Marco Rubio is in fourth place with 10 percent. He’s followed by Dr. Ben Carson at 5 percent, Ted Cruz and John Kasich at 4 percent, and Rand Paul at 3 percent. 16 percent are unsure or are supporting another candidate not named in...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • ISIS Florida beach massacre thwarted: Man 'planned to bury backpack bomb at popular spot on July 4

    07/28/2015 10:04:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 28, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    A Florida man has been arrested after allegedly planning to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Key West beach. Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West, was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday after taking possession of an inert 'backpack bomb' on Monday, the Department of Justice said. The FBI had been aware of Suarez since April of this year after a series of Facebook posts that praised Middle Eastern terrorist organization Islamic State. 'Be a warrior, learn how to cut your enemies head and then burn down the body learn how to be the new future of the...
  • State leaders call for investigation into Planned Parenthood (Florida)

    07/28/2015 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    nbc-2.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Dave Elias, Chief political reporter
    FORT MYERS, FL - We've learned a group of legislators is calling for an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine whether Planned Parenthood in Florida is selling fetal tissue. This comes as hundreds of protestors gathered on the streets of both Collier and Lee Counties taking a strong stance on abortion -- one of the most divisive issues in America. In Lee County, a lunchtime protest had both abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists squared off near the Planned Parenthood facility on College Parkway and Winkler Road. Their demonstrations come after a Planned Parenthood leader was...
  • UBS backs away from its Puerto Rico funds after downgrades

    07/28/2015 4:13:10 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/23/15 | SUZANNE BARLYN
    UBS AG is backing away from its own Puerto Rico bond funds, warning clients that they can no longer use them as collateral for certain loans after the island's financial troubles resulted in downgrades by major credit rating agencies. In a July 13 letter to clients, reviewed by Reuters, UBS’ Puerto Rico arm said it would contact investors to discuss alternatives. “The firm will also reduce to zero the collateral value assigned to all Puerto Rico closed-end funds shares,” UBS wrote to investors. Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla dropped a bombshell on holders of its $72 billion debt in...
  • Puerto Rico bond default deadline is Saturday

    07/28/2015 3:56:18 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/28/15 | Dawn Giel
    As yet another key debt payment date closes in on Puerto Rico, here's a primer on what you should know, and who it will affect the most ahead of the deadline. Q: If the Puerto Rico Public Finance Corporation (PFC) doesn't pay bondholders on Aug. 1, will it be considered a default? A: Yes. According to Moody's vice president and senior credit officer, Ted Hampton, if there is no payment made on Friday, it will be the first default of a U.S. state, or state-like entity, since Arkansas couldn't make its bond payments during the Great Depression in 1933. Q:...
  • Ted Cruz Has 15:1 Advantage over Jeb Bush With Conservatives and Why Conservatives Should Care

    07/28/2015 3:32:53 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 13 replies
    http://www.floppingaces.com ^ | 7/2872015 | Vince
    ItÂ’s sometimes said that you can tell a lot about a person by the friends they keep. That makes sense. Friendships are generally based on complementary personalities, shared values, and a variety of intangibles that cause people to bond. Money in politics is a similar barometer. The vast majority of Americans never donate any money to politicians or get involved in politics at all. For all of the kvetching about money in politics, thereÂ’s really not that much there. In 2012 a total of $6 billion was spent on politics. That includes spending by campaigns, outside groups, and independent organizations....
  • Jeb Bush Endorses Unlimited Amnesty In Spanish Telemundo Interview

    07/28/2015 2:57:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/28/15 | Katie McHugh
    During a Spanish interview with Telemundo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed amnesty for what he referred to as the “11 million” illegal aliens living in the U.S. in defiance of the law. “For the 11 million people [who are here illegally], they must come out of the shadows, receive a work visa, start paying taxes and also pay a small fine, learn English, don’t receive government benefits, but they come out of the shadows and they receive legal status after some time,” Bush said on Monday, according to a translation provided by CNN. Bush starts out on the wrong...
  • Florida family unearths gold coins worth over $1M from 1715 shipwreck

    07/28/2015 7:57:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27,2015
    A Florida man has uncovered gold artifacts worth over $1 million from the wreckage of a Spanish fleet that sank in a storm off the Florida coast three centuries ago. The find by Eric Schmitt was announced late Monday by a salvage company that owns the rights to the site where the coins and jewels were found. "The treasure was actually found a month ago,” Brent Brisben of 1715 Fleet — Queens Jewels LLC told Florida Today. Keeping word of the haul from getting out was "particularly hard for the family that found it," Brisben added. "They’ve been beside themselves."...
  • Jeb Bush: Deporting illegal aliens not an 'American value'

    07/28/2015 7:36:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/28/15 | Joe Newby
    While speaking at a majority Hispanic church in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, former governor and current GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally must happen. Moreover, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith reported on Twitter, Bush said the idea of self deportation or the idea of rounding up people in the country illegally is "not an American value." MyNews13 reporter Caroline Rowland said Bush spoke to "about 100 local pastors" at the mostly Latino church. The first five minutes, she added, were focused on his Christian faith. A number...
  • Florida county tells resident to keep barbecue smoke in his own yard

    07/28/2015 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 7/27/2015
    A viral video that shows a Florida man receiving a warning for allowing the smell of barbecue to waft off his property has some smoking mad. Scotty Jordan uploaded a video on July 22 to Facebook that he says shows Pinellas County environmental specialist Joe Graham issuing a warning to Jordan and a friend for violating the county’s air quality law. The video, which has been watched over four million times, shows Graham telling Jordan that there's too much smoke emanating from Jordan's commercial-grade grill. “I just took three pictures of smoke,” Graham explains. “I can smell it again right...
  • Sanford treasure hunters find $1M in gold off Florida's coast

    07/27/2015 7:18:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 27, 2015 | By Desiree Stennett
    When Eric Schmitt's metal detector got a hit about 15 feet below the ocean's surface, he didn't think much of it. Most of the time, the metal detectors uncover beer cans and lead fishing weights. But this time was different. This time, the treasure-hunter from Sanford struck gold, and a lot of it. Treasure-hunting Sanford family strikes gold-again Holidays are a lucky time for a treasure-hunting family from Sanford, Florida. Last year on Labor Day, the Schmitts made national news when they pulled several pieces of a solid gold chain - more than 60 feet in all - from the...
  • Hillsborough County FL Sheriff Backs Off Investigating Report Of Alien Grow House In Subdivision?

    07/27/2015 7:39:27 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 20 replies
    07/27/2015 | 4Runner
    I'm not going to keep quiet about this. Last November Florida residents defeated the medical marijuana bill at the polls. A Pyrhhic victory at best. On July 19 I wrote a detailed report and submitted it online at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website. This is the Tampa area of Florida. My report documented the suspected existence of a single family detached residence rental home in our subdivision being used as a marijuana grow house by a drug gang. A tax search disclosed that the property is listed to an Oakland, California real estate management firm known as FETLAR LLC....
  • Jeb Bush courts critical Puerto Rican voters in Central Florida

    07/27/2015 1:31:57 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 7/27/15 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Presidential contender and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be courting a critical group of voters Monday afternoon – the fast growing community of Latinos in Central Florida, an area where the Republican last campaigned in 2002. Hundreds of thousands of Latinos, mainly Puerto Ricans, have settled in Central Florida in the years since Bush last served as governor. They include many Puerto Ricans who have fled the island’s economic woes and diminishing opportunities.
  • Donald Trump is still rocketing up polls in dominating fashion

    07/27/2015 11:08:25 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Maxwell Tani
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit. Donald Trump is still the clear front-runner of the 2016 GOP presidential field. A new Economist/YouGov poll released on Friday actually showed Trump gaining support in the last week, despite a controversy over his comments questioning Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) status as a "war hero." According to the poll, the number of registered Republican primary voters who responded that Trump is their first choice jumped from 15% at the beginning of July to 28% last week. Another 10% of voters pick him as their second choice. That puts the real-estate...
  • Fla. landscaper sentenced for mowing over ducklings

    07/27/2015 9:57:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 27, 2015 | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    A Florida landscaper was sentenced to a year in jail on Friday after he intentionally ran over a family of ducks with a lawn mower in May, reports CBS affiliate WTSP. Jason Falbo, 24, pleaded guilty to nine counts of animal cruelty. Authorities say he mowed down 11 ducklings and their mother May 2 at the home of a family caring for them in Wellington. Police say nine ducklings died. The mother and two ducklings survived.
  • Jeb Bush to seek Latino support in Central Florida (Writing off IA, NH, SC?)

    07/27/2015 9:47:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/27/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush hasn't campaigned for himself in this part of Florida since 2002, but on Monday, he will return here to reconnect with former supporters and make an overt appeal to the region's fast-growing Latino population. In a first as a presidential candidate, the Republican plans to sit for a Spanish-language interview with a Telemundo news anchor. He will meet with dozens of mostly Hispanic evangelical pastors at a mega-church, visit a small business owned by a Mexican immigrant and try to introduce himself to the hundreds of thousands of people who have moved to this transient region in the...
  • Bush, Walker Paul in, Trump out of Voters First forum [Union Leader "mocked" him]

    07/27/2015 1:09:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 124 replies
    Union Leader ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul are in. Donald Trump is out.A total of 14 candidates will participate in the Voters First Republican Presidential Forum on Monday, Aug. 3, at St. Anselm College. The two-hour forum,intended to highlight the importance of the first-in-the-nation primary,along with the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina’s early primary.“I am in the North Country today,” Bush said Thursday,“meeting with voters about my message of reforming the culture in Washington. I’m looking forward to participating in the August 3rd forum. It’s clear it is a great opportunity to engage with Granite Staters about the important issues...
  • CAIR LEADER NEZAR HAMZE IS NOW DEPUTY SHERIFF (Broward county, Florida)

    07/26/2015 6:30:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | july 24, 2015 | joe kaufman
    The current Sheriff is Scott Israel; he was elected to office in November 2012. As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 2015 radical Muslim tour began this past January, when he posed for photos with Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout and a member of Zakkout’s Miami-based AMANA group at a local mosque. Zakkout is a big supporter of Hamas. On his Facebook page, one can find Hamas logos and photos of Hamas militants and leaders, including Hamas founders Ahmed Yassin and...
  • Polls: Donald Trump Way out in Front; Ted Cruz Surges Underneath, Marco Rubio Keeps Sinking

    07/26/2015 9:59:18 AM PDT · by VinL · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/26/2015 | Matt Boyle
    Call it failure to launch for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 80%as, despite a minor bump in the polls a month or so after his April presidential campaign launch, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida is now officially relegated to the middle of the pack—where he’s been unable to climb out. Virtually every major pollster has shown Rubio’s chances at being a serious contender for the GOP nomination slipping away... Rubio was supposed to be the golden boy who could woo the donor class but still excite the grassroots. He’s succeeded in winning over lots of big-money backing, with billionaire donors...