Tag Archives: Florida

GOP candidate in FLA says she was abducted by aliens

A Republican candidate in Florida (where else?) says she was abducted by aliens:

Among the things she said she found out from the aliens:

▪ There are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.

▪ The world’s “energy center” is in Africa.

▪ The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

▪ “God is a universal energy.”

She also said that the aliens had mentioned Isis, though she didn’t clarify if they meant the terrorist organization or the ancient Egyptian goddess.

Big props for the Egyptian goddess reference.

When she debates her electoral challenger it will likely be quite confusing when she starts talking about illegal aliens.

Drone footage of nearly deserted Miami Beach

Normally bustling Miami Beach has a pre-apocalyptic feel to it in the drone footage of an area waiting for Irma to make landfall.

MASS WALKOUT at Schumer show! (but not really)


So this happened:

About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer’s comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an “orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster.” 

Loud booing from a vocal, but small minority of the arena crowd started about halfway through the show, when Schumer’s raunchy humor veered into more topical matters, including gun control and the presidential election.

You would guess from the whining butthurt emanating from Trump supporters across the web and on Fox News that Schumer had done something horribly wrong by being a stand-up comedian who goes onstage and talks about politics, along with all the other topical issues in her act. 

Based on the outcry from the Right, you’d never guess that if you went to YouTube and entered the search term “stand up comedy donald trump” that more than a million results would appear at your fingertips, most of them by comedians other than Schumer, generally calling out Donald Trump’s ridiculous and offensive candidacy for the presidency.

Why, even a 14-year-old on America’s Got Talent got into the anti-Trump act and I don’t recall any news stories about members of the audience being shocked and walking out and then engaging in a frenzy of video postings complaining about the nerve of someone talking about politics during a stand-up comedy act.

Schumer is painfully aware that some people were shot and killed at a showing of her movie. She has talked publicly about gun control many times. She’s also been sexually assaulted and has spoken on TV and elsewhere about wanting other victims to come forward. So it stands to reasons that she’d bring up the orange-haired tycoon who courts the NRA openly and wants to be sexual abuser-in-chief.

Yet these Trumpers act shocked that a comedian with this background would say what she said in Florida.

I want this election to be over so we can get back to ignoring these aggrieved white people until one of them shoots up a school or bombs a public building.

One more thing: It was not a mass walkout as some on the Right are claiming. It was an estimated 200 people. And the boos at the concert were mixed with cheers when she made the Trump jokes.


Opposition to blacks in pools sometimes turned to violence

Protesters demonstrating in the swimming pool of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla., scream as motel manager James Brock dumps muriatic acid into the water on June 18, 1964. Bettmann/Corbis

Here’s a new violation of the law : Riding your bike while black

The award-winning Tampa Bay Times has a story out about a new way to target African-Americans: pass frivolous laws that allow police to stop and ticket residents for minor bicycle infractions:

If the tickets are any indication, Tampa residents must be the lousiest bicyclists in Florida.

They don’t use lights at night. Don’t ride close enough to the curb. Can’t manage to keep their hands on the handlebars.

In the past three years, Tampa police have written 2,504 bike tickets — more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined.

Police say they are gung ho about bike safety and focused on stopping a plague of bike thefts.

But here’s something they don’t mention about the people they ticket:

Eight out of 10 are black.

A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Tampa police are targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars.

Officers use these minor violations as an excuse to stop, question and search almost anyone on wheels. The department doesn’t just condone these stops, it encourages them, pushing officers who patrol high-crime neighborhoods to do as many as possible.

There was the 56-year-old man who rode his bike through a stop sign while pulling a lawnmower. Police handcuffed him while verifying he had, indeed, borrowed the mower from a friend. 

There was the 54-year-old man whose bike was confiscated because he couldn’t produce a receipt to prove it was his.

One woman was walking her bike home after cooking for an elderly neighbor. She said she was balancing a plate of fish and grits in one hand when an officer flagged her down and issued her a $51 ticket for not having a light. With late fees, it has since ballooned to $90. She doesn’t have the money to pay.

The Times analyzed more than 10,000 bicycle tickets Tampa police issued in the past dozen years. The newspaper found that even though blacks make up about a quarter of the city’s population, they received 79 percent of the bike tick

Ninety dollars is a lot of money for a low income person.

If police were targeting my community like this, I’d be pretty angry, too.

Via: How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you’re black (Tampa Bay Times)

I'm sorry, on which street do you live?


It's a long, long way from Anita Bryant and that long-ago Florida fight over gay teachers

History is on our side.

“I done seen it on Mythbusters” will not impress the police as a way to evade the law

Sometimes I think I want to move to Florida just for the warmth. Then I read something that convinces me that the place is a magnet for stupid people. I deal with enough stupid people where I live now, thank you very much.

With mug shot goodness. (And, yes: as of this story, I’ve added a category just for Florida.)