Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm Still Lovin' You

I am going to end this week with a love song - a sad love song. It is sad for two reasons. One is because of a lost love and the other has to do with the group singing and playing.

This bio is from Wikipedia: Evangeline was founded in 1988 by lead singer Kathleen Steiffel, bass guitarist/washboardist Sharon Leger, keyboardist/accordionist Beth McKee, lead guitarist Rhonda Lohmeyer, fiddler/mandolinist Nancy Buchan, and drummer Dudley Fruge.

The band entered a talent competition called Jazz Search in 1988, followed by the Marlboro Talent Roundup and the True Value Country Music Showdown. They were eventually discovered by singer Jimmy Buffett, who signed them to Margaritaville Records. Evangeline released its self-titled debut album in 1992, under the executive production of Buffett.

Although this album produced no chart singles in the US, "If I Had a Heart" peaked at #81 on the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada. Fruge and Buchan left the group before the release of their second album, 1994's French Quarter Moon. This album produced their first US chart single in "Let's Go Spend Your Money Honey", a #70 on the Billboard country charts. Also included on this album was the song "She's a Wild One", which later became a Number One hit in 1994 for Faith Hill under the title "Wild One".

A third album, Louisiana Aye Yi Yi, was issued in 1996. The band's members have not recorded since.

Therein lies the sadness. I have Evangeline's first two CDs and I love them. That such a talented group of musicians could essentially disappear from the face of the Earth is a tragedy. I miss them, but I'm still lovin' you, this Evangeline.

Now That SCOTUS Has Ruled On Obamacare

Happy days are here again! The U.S. Supreme Court has issued their 5 to 4 decision on Obamacare. We can now look toward Washington and see Congress get to work fixing the economy and creating jobs - two of our nation's top priorities. Right?


Wrong-a-mundo mis amigos.

Congress is going to spring backward and re-fight the health care issue - damn the economy and damn the unemployed. I mean, come on, the Republicans can't just sit idly by doing the job they were elected to do and let some Kenyan born, commie, socialist, Muslim, Mormon, atheist, "negro" make complete and utter fools of them, can they?

Hell no, they can't! So the fight over health care pushes backward.

"There are a lot of ways to protect the American people from this horrible law, and Republicans are looking at all of them," John Ashbrook, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday.

House Republicans in the meantime are again scheduling their own vote to repeal the law on July 11, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday. This vote would again be symbolic because it would never pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.

If you recall, this is the same House that already voted to repeal the law in January 2011.

The man who would be America's Chief Executive Orifice (from the same mold as Florida's CEO Scott) Mitt the Romney had no immediate reaction to the court's ruling that found Obama's law to be constitutional.

Romney later settled on an opinion that he liked, but at an Atlanta fundraiser earlier this month, Romney told donors that he hoped the Supreme Court would "turn this thing down and say it's unconstitutional, because it is."

Of course, this is the same Romney who stated that if there are vacancies coming up on the Supreme Court that he, Romney, would be just beside himself with glee if he could nominate a judge of the same calibre as Chief Justice John Roberts.

From the Romney website: "As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. These justices hold dear what the great Chief Justice John Marshall called "the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected": a written Constitution, with real and determinate meaning."

Romney has been known to flip and flop from time to time. I wonder if he will flip on this latest flop? I am sure that he will have to, flip or flop that is, since his lunatic fringe conservative base is already calling for the impeachment of Justice Roberts.

And, the American public? It's sad to say that according to the pollsters almost half still can't recognize the difference between shit and Shinola. I rather doubt my words will make any difference, but I will try nonetheless. 

Here goes: Shit is what you get from FOX News, and sticks to the bottom of your shoes. Shinola is a polish that comes in a can and is applied to the tops of your shoes to make them shiny and new.

I hope that helps.

Happy Friday, y'all.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Great Canadian Escape Of 2012

The lunatic fringe on the right (yeah, a redundancy) is in full froth on the tweetosphere bemoaning the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare. Moe of the blog Whatever Works turned me on to the angst these right wing tweeters are tweeting about, and about how they are planning on defecting to another country to escape the pervasive socialism that is sweeping over this country.

The general consensus amongst these tweetie-birders is that Canada would be a much better place than the Socialist Republic of America. Ah yes, Canada, the land of the free, the home of the frozen.

I wish those who wish to escape to the land of the moose and grizzlies only the best, and even hope the door doesn't hit them in their dumb-asses on the way out. I am sure they are headed to a better place with a health care system that is far superior to what we have here at home - at least for the time being.

If I may, just a parting thought - if the Canadian health care plan existed in the United States of America, it would be called...wait for it...Obamacare Plus (they have universal health care). Is this planned escape to Canada not somewhat akin to jumping from the socialist frying pan into the socialist fire?

Just asking.

BREAKING NEWS: The oracle has just learned that Canada has issued a stern warning to the U.S. - KEEP YOUR IDIOTS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE BORDER. CANADA DOESN'T WANT THEM!

Additionally, it appears that the Canadian Parliament is discussing erecting a huge wall along the border with this country.

SCOTUS Message For Florida

To CEO douche Rick Scott and his legal lotion lady Bondi - up yours!

In a landmark ruling with wide-ranging implications, the Supreme Court today upheld the so-called individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, the key part of President Obama's signature health care law.

The court ruled that the mandate is unconstitutional under the Constitution's commerce clause, but it can stay as part of Congress's power under a taxing clause. The court said that the government will be allowed to tax people for not having health insurance.

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the ruling.

The high court kept the country in suspense for days, announcing at the beginning of the week that it would hand down its decision today. The ruling is a victory for the Obama administration and a defeat for Republicans, who had anticipated that at least some of the law would be struck down.

The court's ruling upholding the main part of Obama's law means that people must buy health insurance or pay a tax up to several thousand dollars a year. It also means that other popular provisions of the law will stay.

What is truly bothersome is that much of the uproar over the SCOTUS decision comes from those on the right who do not have a clue as to what the ACA can and will do for them. They get their news from the Manufacture the News Network and the Republicans whose only agenda is to destroy Obama - and damn the consequences.

Here are some of the important benefits for everyone:

  • Insurance companies can't take away your coverage if you become too sick.
  • You cannot be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
  • Seniors receive a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs when they hit the "donut hole."
  • Small businesses get tax credits to purchase insurance.
  • There are no more lifetime limits on your coverage.
  • 15 million more people will receive coverage because of expanded access to Medicaid.
  • Millions of Americans are going to receive tax credits to help them get insurance--people who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise.
  • 12 million seniors are currently receiving free preventative care through Medicare. 

Today is a great day for millions of Americans.

What was Rick Scott's reaction? Well, he who launched his political career on the defeat of the Affordable Care Act, refrained from offering a first impression to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling during a brief break in the clemency hearing this morning. "I need to review it first,'' he said.

Scott's legal, lotion lady, Pam Bondi, whose office joined with other states to lead the legal challenge and who sat in the front row during oral arguments said she was "surprised, shocked."

Shocked, simply shocked, I tell you!

Hopefully, Bondi will now just sit down and shut the f@#k up, and Scott will "get to work" and implement the health care law in Florida.

Lastly, congratulations President Obama - and, thanks.

Channelside And Harbor Island

Before the RNC comes to town and destroys the city in August, I thought you might like to see a few pictures of the channel district before they get here.

The WWII merchant vessel American Victory with the cruise ship terminal and Florida Aquarium in the background.

Cruise ships coming in and out of Port of Tampa are treated to this fabulous mural on fuel storage tanks adjacent to Garrison Channel.

The backside of Harbor Island from Garrison Channel.

We leave you at the tip of Harbor Island where the Garrison and Davis Island channels converge.

There, I feel better. I am so sick of politics I could just frickin' SCREAM! For me, this was a pleasant change of pace. It was either this or blasting Florida's Attorney Bitch Bondi for quivering in utter glee at the prospect that millions of Americans are going to be hung out to dry if the SCOTUS trashes the ACA.

She did, you know.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Adios Debby

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Debby from a tropical storm to a tropical depression Tuesday night as it slogged across northern Florida toward the Atlantic coast. Debby's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday were near 35 mph.

But forecasters said a combination of storm surge and tide could bring flooding to coastal areas that have already been drenched by the storm that sat virtually motionless in the Gulf of Mexico for several days.

Thankfully, Tampa and SOG City made it through the storm more or less unscathed. We have seen worse, and we have a real shit-storm headed our way this August 27 - 30. But, for now:

Sunshine Skyway Bridge - photo by Rector

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The True Intent Of The Voter ID Law Revealed

This should come as no surprise to anyone with a few working brain cells: The Republican goal of voter ID laws is to game the election process - in their favor. Mike Turzai (R - Pennsylvania pond scum) flat out declared that as a fact.

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said Saturday that a recent voter ID law passed in his state "would allow Governor Romney to win Pennsylvania." He included this statement in a list of his party's accomplishments, which critics of the legislation—including a Pennsylvania state senator—say unintentionally revealed the true intentions behind the law.

Come on Florida CEO Rick Scott (R - a prick with ears), grow a set of balls and admit that this what you are doing in Florida. Only the delusional are fooled!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ceviche Heaven

Editor's update 9/18/2013: And now there are just four. This Clearwater location is permanently closed.

There are, as of this scribble, five Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant locations around the Tampa Bay area. We chose the store in Clearwater on Gulf to Bay for our dining experience this past Saturday simply because it was across the street (more or less) from our sister (Seestor) whom we hadn't seen since she and John moved into their new digs.

We had made reservations for 6 PM and when we walked in we were promptly seated. Reservations at six might not have been necessary, but around seven or 7:30 it would appear to be another story - just a word to the wise. Oh yeah, another word to the wise - if you are going to order a paella, do so soon as the paellas require at least 30 minutes for preparation. I don't recall seeing that reminder on the menu.

That was unfortunate, because Ceviche's has a paella that I was aching to try, Paella Negra, the black rice with squid ink, lobster and assorted shellfish, paella served with aioli on the side. On the plus side though it was refreshing to know that their paellas are prepared when ordered as opposed being cooked earlier in the day and re-heated (and yes Columbia in Ybor, I am talking about you).

Anyhow, after being seated, Morgan our server for the evening took our drink order. Since four of us were imbibers and we all wanted the sangria, we decided on the large pitcher of Tinto Sangria which provides for about six glasses of wine. Hmmm, six divided by four meant someone was going to get short changed. Not a problem - we ordered a second pitcher later that evening.

Problem solved! Now, on to the food.

I just go crazy for oysters on the half shell, one of the gastronomic gems bestowed upon us mere mortals by Mother Nature. I also adore caviar, ceviche, and an occasional shot of vodka - and, there before my very eyes I spied nirvana on a plate - Ceviche a la Rusa, oysters in lemon lime juice, cilantro, onion, red pepper, and caviar, served with a chilled shot of Russian Standard vodka.

Good doesn't come close to describing the Ceviche a la Rusa. I still quiver at the memory of this juicy, salty taste sensation - three oysters on the half shell followed by a shot of vodka - na zda-rov’-ye, y'all!

The others in our party shared tapas plates of Babaganoush, roasted eggplant with tahini, garlic and olive oil, served with fresh vegetables, and crostinis; and Tabla de Quesos, aged Manchego, Mahon, Tetilla and Cabrales cheeses with sliced fruit.

Both tapas plates were cleaned in short order so I have to assume that these were two more excellent starter choices.

For their entrées, John and our Seestor both chose the Morrillo de Cochinillo, roasted pork shank in Rioja red wine and fresh herbs served over roasted potatoes. I had a bite and that pork was just fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy.

My bride, the Belle of Ballast Point, finally decided on the Costillas de Vaca, beef short ribs with Rioja wine, oven roasted tomato and elephant garlic, served with potatoes. This was another tender, tasty, juicy delight.


Trying to get over my disappointment in missing out on the Paella Negra, I perused the menu to find a suitable substitute. I didn't want to delay everyone else's dinner for thirty minutes.

One of my other favorite foods is octopus, and Ceviche's has two of those treats on their menu. After a moment's hesitation, I chose the Pulpo a la Gallega, sliced octopus in extra virgin olive oil and paprika, served over potatoes.

The octopus was very tender, but the dish on the whole was bland, uninspired, and not very filling. Only a few generous shakes of salt and pepper brought this dish somewhat to life.

I am pleased to say that the pulpo was the only negative of the evening. Everything else our party ordered was superb.

My bride has long said that women have two stomachs - a regular stomach and an additional one reserved for desserts. (A note to the guys: Do not even think cow. Trust me - DON"T!)

So, to fill her dessert stomach the Belle ordered the Pudin de la Pan, bread pudding made with dried fruits and Spanish Brandy, served with ice cream. She said she enjoyed it though it wasn't her favorite. The rest of us were too stuffed to give it a try, so we have no opinion.

I am pleased to report that the best bread pudding my bride has ever had is still the glazed donut and rum with chocolate glaze bread pudding that I made for her.

Instead of eating my dessert, I drank it. The Lustau East India Solera is a nutty sherry with a decidedly sweet crème brulee aroma. A fine finish to a mostly memorable meal.

One last treat was the check. With a pitcher of sangria, the dessert, sherry, appetizers, and entrées, the bill for two was $108.29. We tacked on a 20% gratuity for great service.

We had a wonderful evening and it didn't cost us an arm, leg, or other body part. I hope the Tampa location is as good because Ceviche's is definitely a do-again.

 Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Restaurant Reviews And Reviewers

From its humble beginnings several years ago I had intended for the SOG City Oracle to be a general interest blog rather than limit myself to one niche, but since food is an important part of my life I have been inclined to make it a part of the Oracle. As a consequence I started doing restaurant reviews from time to time.

My bride, the Belle of Ballast Point, and I do eat out quite often and I thought it would be interesting and possibly beneficial to my readers to share some of our experiences. Rather than wade through page after page of my blog for those reviews, you can find them HERE on UrbanSpoon.

One of the consequences of restaurant reviewing is the occasional comment on the review. It would be wonderful, but unrealistic, to expect all positive comments. What I have come to expect over the last several years is that negative comments have three things in common. First they refuse to allow me to have an opinion if it doesn't agree with theirs; two, if my review is positive then I am getting paid by the restaurant for a good review (we dine anonymously and get paid squat), and lastly there is rarely ever a follow up to see my response - and, I do respond.

These bozos just leave their little brain turds while chortling, "Fixed his little red wagon!" That bothered me for awhile until I realized it wasn't personal. These very same "jerk-offs" do the same thing to restaurants on web sites such as UrbanSpoon.

One of my favorites was a comment from a person who identified herself as TampaFoodie who claimed to eat out a lot, but yet only had two UrbanSpoon reviews - both negative and both for the same restaurant. To post a comment on the 'spoon you have to create an account which TampaFoodie did - but, to create an account just so she could slam one restaurant just boggled my mind.

TampaFoodie is not alone. It's rather amazing that people will eat out and enjoy, or so they say, meal after great meal and never bother with a comment of praise, but one little glitch to their experience and their world is upended.

I have noticed that more and more restaurant owners and managers are responding to both positive and negative reviews on sites like the 'spoon. I think this is a good thing even if the commenting party never returns (some do, some don't). A response to a review tells other people that the restaurant really cares about their customers.

This brings me to the point of this post. Sometimes, no matter how hard a restaurant tries, there is absolutely nothing that is going to satisfy some people. In that case what is there for the restaurant to do? The following response is real. I pulled it from the 'spoon. To protect the innocent (so to speak) I am not listing the restaurant, but this response is just priceless:

FROM: [The owners]

TO: Kay

First off we've asked you before not to come back as you tend to be pretty rude to not only our waitstaff, who really do bend over backwards for jerk-offs but do a really excellent job for their experience, you also tend to be rude to the owners, which I am one of.

Yes, we focus on the food, [but] the waitstaff are new at this waitressing thing [and] the more experienced waitstaff really have been disappointing in the past 60-70 people that we have hired and fired. So, Kay if you really hate it, PLEASE DO NOT COME BACK, in fact if you really like it, PLEASE DON'T COME BACK.

We asked you three times if you were in fact with the party and all three times you were rude and exclaimed that "yes" you were in fact with them. We have five other tables that discussed your little evening issues and they all agreed you were certainly out of line. ALL were amazed though, at the fact that people like yourselves exist. Little word of advice next time you come in, hopefully there will not be one, we will have you escorted [out by the] police if necessary.

Bad enough you offended a soldier (who had just come back from Afghanistan), who was in fact here on limited time visiting his family, by taking a reservation they had placed the week before, you also had quite a few people ticked off at you for just being a plain jerk. Honestly we have better things to do than criticize every negative posting on this or any other web site like this […].

Seriously, the last time you were at our place you started having a cow and claimed that we were not giving you excellent service because you had not bought any alcohol. LOL, sad. I remember because we had two vegan tables that only had water and shared an order of burritos (just as an example), they were in fact treated with respect BECAUSE they are worthy of it. Maybe people like you should understand that, and perhaps if you expect respect you must learn to give it.

Enough wasting time with you, please don't come back you are not welcomed.


Well put Mr. Restaurant Owner, well put.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

President Allowed To Set Enforcement Policies

In this past Thursday's Letters to the Editor published in the Tampa Bay Times, Sharon Lam of Hudson, Florida (a bastion for the clueless) emphatically stated, "A year ago he (President Obama) said he had no authority to overturn immigration law on his own." Lam's granny bloomers were all in a bunch because Obama appeared to have overstepped his Constitutional authority.

It never ceases to amaze me that people who have never read the Constitution are such experts on Constitutional law. But, I digress.

That comment from a FOX News sycophant just pissed me off. I am not suggesting that she is not entitled to an opinion, but rather that she and Republicans in general and Tea Baggers in particular do not bother bolstering their opinions with facts. "Facts? We don't need no friggin' facts, because what we'uns hears from FOX is pert near the same as the Word of God from the Freakin' Holy Bible - He said it, I believe it, end of discussion."

Why do I mention FOX News you probably are asking? Just a day or two before the Lam letter The Daily Show featured a video clip from FOX that seemed to support Lam's assertions, but then we saw the rest of the video that FOX had edited out.

Not one to let sleeping idiots lie, I felt compelled to respond to Lam's letter in the Times. This morning, while reading the paper and enjoying a cuppa in bed, what did I spy? Not only was my letter published, but it was also highlighted as the cream of the crap...sorry, that should read 'crop'.

I shall certainly be full of myself today. Others may have their own original thoughts on what I might be full of, but what the hell, I got published. I am taking the rest of the weekend off.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aztecan Cuisine In Sur Tampa

The Belle of Ballast Point and I have traveled extensively in Mexico; the Yucatan, central Mexico, the Copper Canyon, and a few of the border towns. Besides meeting the people who live in this fascinating country, one of our great pleasures is enjoying true Mexican cuisine.

By "true" Mexican cuisine, I am differentiating between what we Norte Americanos think of as Mexican, which is usually Tex-Mex or some kind of gringo nightmare, and what the people in the various Mexican states actually eat.

With that said, we were thrilled beyond measure when we heard that an authentic Mexican restaurant was opening in the space formerly inhabited by Bistro Bleu on South MacDill in Tampa. Since they first opened their doors a few months ago the Oracle has had the pleasure of dining twice at Catrinas Cocina y Galeria

We love the place!

We have since met both the chef-owner Tisbeth Mejia, and her business partner and co-owner Karol Ortiz. These two ladies are passionate in their love of and dedication to the authentic foods of Mexico. That love and dedication shows in the foods that have been presented to us.

Well, enough talk - what about the food?

On both visits we entered a beautifully remodeled restaurant that features works of art including sculptures and paintings - many by Chef Mejia. We were promptly seated and presented with menus. On both occasions our servers were prepared to field any questions about menu items - and, there were many - menu items, that is.

To refresh the palate in preparation for the meal, the table has a small bowl of fruit and jicama that the diner can stab with provided toothpicks. While stabbing, we requested a Sangria Catrina Guerita for her and a Tecate for me. What can I say about a Tecate - a cerveza is a cerveza, but the sangria in a terracotta cup was excellent said the Belle of Ballast point.

The first time we dined at Catrinas we started with the Catrina's Guacamole - served in a molcajete topped with lobster meat, shrimp, fresh Mexican cheese, and  crispy corn chips. 

It was so good we ordered it again last night.

On our first visit the Belle ordered the Chicken Taco and I requested the Carne Asada de Abuela, or the roasted Grandmother's steak.

As our camarera was taking our orders a four family party with a menagerie of small children walked in unannounced and bedlam ensued. I mention this only because wait staff as well as kitchen staff was called into service. As a consequence both the chicken and the carne asada arrived more well done than we would have liked. Both were good, just over cooked.

Our second visit, last night, was perfect in every way.

For her entrée my bride ordered the Chicken Quesadilla, a tortilla filled with succulent grilled chicken, poblano peppers, cheese, and served with Mexican rice, beans and nopalitos (cactus pad) salad. She could not finish the quesadilla last night, so I had the remainder for lunch today. She said it was good last night and it was certainly good re-heated again today.

I had my taste buds geared up for something I had never tried, but was very intrigued by - huitlacoche: also known as Mexican corn truffle. The people of Mexico and the American Hopi Indians consider it a delicacy and use huitlacoche as a savory addition to tamales, soups and other dishes. Similar to regular mushrooms in taste and texture, huitlacoche has an earthy, somewhat smoky flavor.

With that tidbit of knowledge in mind, I requested the Huitlacoche Quesadilla with roasted poblanos, onions and cheese on a toasted tortilla, along with tomato-tinged rice and soft refried beans. This quesadilla was listed as vegetarian and since I am a carnivore I was concerned that I would not get filled up on just a veggie dish. My new friend, and fellow Virgo, Karol assured me that I would be fine. She was ever so right - I did mention that she's a Virgo. Oh my gosh, that quesadilla was good - and very filling!

I really couldn't open my quesadilla enough to get a good photo without totally destroying it in the process, but this should give you an idea of what cooked huitlacoche and poblanos on a tortilla looks like. The huitlacoche starts off with a bluish tint and turns black as it cooks.

Be adventurous and give it a try.

Our dinner with two sangrias and two Tecates plus a 20% gratuity came to $78.27. It was such a pleasure to enjoy a truly fabulous meal, in an art gallery setting, with warm, friendly staff and management, and waddle out with full bellies for under a hundred dollars.

Buen provecho, y'all.

Catrinas Cocina y Galeria on Urbanspoon

V-A-G-I-N-A What's That Spell? VAGINA

Monday, June 18, 2012, upwards of 5,000 women and men and children descended on the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to reclaim that place of power for women and their vaginas. After being told that uttering the word "vagina" was dirty and "lacked decorum", Representative Lisa Brown and her colleague Barb Byrum were censored and banned from speaking.

Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues, worked with Senator Rebekah Warren and others to stage a reading of the groundbreaking and magnificent play on the steps of the Capitol. But, what transpired there was more than just a theatrical event. It was an empowering event and a tranformative event for the state of Michigan. The thousands that gathered shared their anger and disgust and their refusal to continue being treated like children or second class citizens.

The event finished up with Eve Ensler giving a rousing and powerful speech. Video and transcript are below. Video is courtesy of Progress Michigan and used with permission. 

Thanks for coming out and standing up for vaginas!
I am over you being afraid of vaginas! I am over trans-vaginal wands and dudes who want to control my vagina but are afraid to know my vagina, respect my vagina. Who can't even SAY vagina!
I am over the over-regulation of women's health clinics and women's bodies and vaginas when those same over-regulators do nothing to protect those same women when they get pregnant, when they get raped, unemployed and sick and need more financial support.
I am over dudes who pretend to care about personhood and cut Planned Parenthood which makes the health of my personhood possible.
I am over forces who wanna call victims of rape "accusers" and not "victims".
I am over you having the chutzpah to redefine rape so that a drugged woman or a date-raped woman wouldn't even be considered a raped woman.
And, by the way, I'm over RAPE!
I'm over rape culture, rape mentality, and rape jokes.
I'm over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I'm REALLY over being told I don't have a sense of humor and women don't have a sense of humor when most women I know (and I know a LOT of women) are really fucking funny.
We just don't think an uninvited penis up our anus or up our vagina is a laugh riot.
I am over one in three women getting raped in the US military by their comrades.
I am over women still being silent about rape because they're made to believe it's their fault and they did something to make it happen.
I am over dudes voting against the Violence Against Women Act when one in every three women on this planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes.
The destruction and the muting of women is the destruction of life itself. No women: no future. Duh!
I am really over some powerful men pretending this deep love of fetuses and babies and life when we know it's all about your terror of our sexuality and power. If you, if you really cared about life, you  would never, ever consider letting a woman die rather than performing an abortion.
You would ask the life-givers, the women, what they need and want and you would listen to them. You would honor their vaginas, maybe even worship their vaginas. You would cherish the word "vagina" and know there is nothing dirty or disgusting about the place where all life comes from.
I am over the Michigan state legislature, and any legislature, censoring, rebuking and removing Lisa Brown because they find the word "vagina" contemptible or out of bounds or lacking decorum. My vagina's got to got decorum!
And I am over all those other legislators that went along with it and didn't stand up.
I want to say something to all the good men here: I'm a little over it. You are brave and wonderful. But where are you? You live with us. You make love with us. You father us. You befriend us. You brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us. So why aren't you standing with us? Why aren't you driven to the point of madness and action when you see us being raped and humiliated and censored? Why don't you care about this as much as you do about sports?
I am over brilliant remarks being called "tantrums" and outspoken being called "crazy" and lacking decorum when they are just smart.
I'm over it! We are over it! This the moment. This is the moment. This is where it all turns around. This is the moment when we talk back and speak back. This is where we rise up.This is where we say "yes" to Lisa Brown. "Yes" to Barbara Byrum. "Yes" to every brave woman who is standing with us today. Gretchen Whitmer. Barbara Byrum. Stacy Erwin-Oakes. Dian Slavens. Rashida Tlaib. Vicki Barnett. Joan Bauer. Ellen Cogen Lipton. Maureen Stapleton. And all the amazing actors and activists up on this stage.
This is where we say: "VAGINA!" Say it!
Say it!
Not 'cause we're provocative. Not 'cause we're dirty. Not 'cause we're trying to make you uncomfortable. Not 'cause we're immoral or inappropriate.
'Cause they're beautiful and real and mystical and alive and powerful and SO ARE WE!
And I wanna say to all these Republicans: when we are free, YOU are free!

This is not just a Michigan issue. This is an American issue, and this War On Women must be stopped - now and forever!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We Are No Longer Just Half Fast

At last the United States is again number one, numero uno, primo, 5-star, frickin' awesome in at least one category. According to an article in The Independent,"The US has regained the crown for having the world's fastest supercomputer thanks to a new machine so powerful that it can simulate nuclear bombs and power plant accidents – eliminating the need to conduct dangerous underground tests.

The government-funded IBM machine, called Sequoia, can do in eight hours the number of calculations that it would take the average laptop 20,000 years to complete."

So, how fast is fast? How does 16.3 petaFLOPS strike you?

When I read this I was completely taken aback. I have worked and taught classes in digital communications disciplines from DS-0, DS-1 (antiquated technologies) all the way up to SONET and beyond to optical rates of 160 Gbit/s, but I had never come across a petaFLOPS. The name alone causes my digital brain pulses to experience some frame slippage.

Since inquiring minds have an uncontrollable need to know, I did a little research on petaFLOPS (I Googled it, OK?). A FLOPS, or floating-point operations per second, is a measure of a computers performance. A petaFLOPS (used as singular or plural since the S stands for seconds) is one quadrillion per second. A quadrillion is one thousand million million, or pretty friggin' fast.

And, now you know. Kinda makes you want to toss that new wimpy laptop of yours into the trash, doesn't it?

As a parting shot, take that Verizon FIOS Quantum*, and may it serve you well.

*300 Mbps is for pussies

Beware Of Florida "Farmers"

I read somewhere that, as patriotic Americans, it is our God given right to blow the shit out of our friends, family, our neighborhoods, and even ourselves on the 4th of July.

In preparation for this impending Independence Day disaster, every available square foot of empty space in Tampa is sporting a fireworks stand. Even the local Walgreen's have erected these stands in their parking lots adjacent to their stores. I can't help wondering whose brilliant idea that was. Does Walgreen's really need money that badly?

Apparently, they do - and, damn the law that says fireworks are illegal, because the only people Walgreen's sells fireworks to are farmers. That's their story and they are sticking to it.

It would appear that all you need to do in Florida to qualify as a farmer is to have a flower pot on your window sill.

Here is a very interesting video that Walgreen's management obviously hasn't seen:

Deputies and Pasco Fire Rescue were called to the scene located at Galaxy Fireworks stand on the corner of U.S. 19 and Hammock Road in Port Richey. Pasco Sheriff's Office dispatch received the call July 4th a few years ago. The structure was occupied by five adults and a 5-year old child.

The explosion and fire was caused by two "patriots" who decided to save their money and instead of just buying a couple of bottle rockets for their celebration they lit a firecracker in the tent and sat back - way back - to enjoy the show. The report that I read did not mention whether or not alcohol was involved.

(Video from YouTube courtesy of Bryan Farrow)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday's Gimme A Break

On President Obama's immigration policy, Marco Rubio, R-a GOP Sycophant, said, "When the president ignores the Congress, ignores the Constitution and forces a policy like this down the throat of the American people, it's going to make it harder to have a conversation like that." Rubio added, "It's going to make it harder to elevate the debate."

Two things: How else is President Obama going to get anything accomplished other than ramming it down the throats of the republican obstructionists? And, elevate what debate? There is no debate when one side continually says NO, NO, NO.

For the President, it is going to be difficult debating Mittens the Romney on the immigration issue when Romney cannot articulate a position when interviewed on CBS News.

Following President Obama's Friday announcement to cease deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer repeatedly asked Romney if he would repeal the order if he becomes President. Romney subsequently failed to directly answer the question.

First, he responded, "Well, let's step back and look at the issue." When asked a second time, he replied "Well, it would be overtaken by events, if you will, by virtue of my putting in place a long-term solution."

That firm lack of a position comes from 'The Man Who Would Be President'.

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vagina Vagina Vagina

Daily KOS has an interesting take on the Michigan vagina kerfuffle: If the Michigan Republicans don't like it when female lawmakers say "vagina," then they should stop legislating vaginas.

Earlier this week, during a debate over one of the most restrictive anti-choice bills yet, Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown read a letter from a voter that concluded with a message for Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger:

"Finally Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."

Bolger promptly barred Rep. Brown from speaking on the House floor the next day. Apparently Michigan Republicans think it’s okay to legislate vaginas, but not okay to talk about them.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Agent Orange Corn

Ready for what's next from Dow Chemicals? GE crops modified to be resistant to the herbicide that's a main ingredient in Agent Orange!

The herbicide, 2,4-D, is linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and Parkinson's and is banned entirely in parts of Canada and Europe. And yet the USDA seems ready to approve the new GMO Corn and Soybeans, unleashing a major increase in the use of 2,4-D.

Now, the EPA is considering stepping in to stop or restrict the application of 2,4-D, which would be a major blow to Dow's Agent Orange veggies.

Join me in urging the EPA to reject Dow's plans to spray this incredibly toxic herbicide.

Presidential Spending Growth

Mitt Romney claims on his campaign website: "Since President Obama assumed office three years ago, federal spending has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history."

Romney is right! Federal spending has accelerated downward at an unprecedented pace. And, Obama is right - Romney is a dick!

Spending chart

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), nonpartisan analysis for the U.S. Congress
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal

Friday, June 15, 2012

TIA Greetings

From SaintPetersBlog: "After prompting a debate about political publicity and gifts, Gov. Rick Scott will be able to provide recorded greetings that travelers will hear when they ride shuttle buses at Tampa International Airport, a state ethics panel decided Friday, reports Jim Saunders of the News Service of Florida."

Arriving passengers would hear, “This is Florida Governor Rick Scott, and I’d like to welcome you to Tampa Bay, a great place to live, work and play. Thank you for choosing Tampa International Airport. Enjoy your stay.”

Well, dammit, I want equal time, and this is my message:

"This is Florida resident and taxpayer Jon Rector, and I'd like to welcome you to Tampa Bay, formerly a great big body of water separating Tampa and St. Petersburg. This used to be a great place to live, work, and play before that prick Rick Scott fucked it all up. But, thanks for choosing Tampa International, one of the best airports in the world. Enjoy your stay, but remember that we pack heat and love to stand our ground."

Republican Senators Admire The Dimon D#@k

The banking collapse explained, and why we don't need no damn banking regulations - or, do we? Jon Stewart again exposes Republican stupidity and hypocrisy.

This is a two part exposé.

Want Some Mellow Friday Blues?

If that is what you are yearning for, you won't find it here. This blues guitar-slinger has blown me away. I'd advise you to crank up the dB's, sit yourself down, and strap yourself in because this is some screamin' hot blues.

 This is McGregor's only album that I could find. Her fans all over the world keep encouraging her to release a live album. Her concerts are spectacular.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This Is Unconscionable!

Did you know that if a female employee of the U.S. State Department is raped while serving abroad in Afghanistan, her federal health plan will pay for an abortion should she become pregnant? However if a woman serving abroad as a member of the U.S. military is raped, her military health plan will NOT provide for an abortion if she becomes pregnant as a result of that violent and reprehensible act.

Here is more on that story from CREDO Action:

According to a recent report from Mother Jones, the Pentagon has an even more drastic policy on access to abortion than the Hyde Amendment which bans the use of federal funds for abortion care unless a woman has been the victim of rape, incest or she could literally die unless she her pregnancy is terminated.

This disparity is so unsettling that the Senate Armed Services Committee recently passed a proposal that would fix this loophole in federal law on a rare bipartisan vote. But the extremists in Congress will almost certainly strip this proposal from the National Defense Authorization Act when it comes up for a vote in the House. The only way we can hope to stop it is with massive public pushback.

Tell Republicans and anti-choice Democrats in the House: Don't block abortion access for raped soldiers. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

According to Kate Sheppard's report in Mother Jones, there are 200,000 women serving on active duty in our military and in 2011 alone there were 471 reported instances of rape. But with the Pentagon itself estimating that only 13.5% of rapes are officially reported, that means around 3,500 service members are raped per year.

Women who are serving on military bases abroad can't simply go to their local Planned Parenthood should they seek an abortion after finding themselves pregnant as a result of rape. And if there hasn't been a formal finding of rape, a rape survivor in the military can't even pay to have the procedure done in the medical facility on base. Many women serving in our armed forces are stationed in foreign countries where safe abortion care is not easily obtained outside our military bases. And it may not be possible or affordable for a raped woman soldier to travel to the United States in order to receive the care she needs. Our policies need to be reformed to ensure that women in the military who have been raped have access to the medical care they need.

As Senator Jean Shaheen who introduced the proposal change to this heinous policy explained to Mother Jones, "Most of the women affected here are enlisted women who are making about $18,000 a year. They're young, they don't have access to a lot of resources. Many of them are overseas."

Tell Republicans and anti-choice Democrats in the House: Don't block abortion access for raped soldiers. Click here to automatically sign the petition

A handful of Republicans in the Senate realized that protecting rape survivors is not a partisan issue and joined Democrats to pass this bill out of committee and work to provide relief to women in our armed services. But their colleagues in the House will not join them in helping to pass this much needed bill unless we force them to take action. We need to tell Republicans as well as anti-choice Democrats in the House (including the so-called Stupak Democrats who voted against women's reproductive health in the Affordable Care Act) that we cannot let this policy stand.

CREDO is a staunch supporter of a woman's right to choose and we will continue to work for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. But until then, even in our polarized Congress which is packed with anti-choice zealots, there are some lines that Republicans and anti-choice Democrats should be very afraid to cross. This is one of them. We cannot stand by and let women serving in the U.S. military be subjected to a stricter standard for abortion access than the already horribly restrictive Hyde Amendment.

Say NO To War

CREDO Action writes: The next week is critically important for those of us who want to avoid an unnecessary and costly war with Iran.

Iran has come to the table for negotiations about the future of its nuclear program, with the next round of multilateral negotiations scheduled to take place in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday.

But the Obama administration is under tremendous pressure to abandon diplomacy with Iran, and follow a path that would make war inevitable. And much of the pressure is coming from warmongers like John Bolton (an ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush), who want the talks to fail.

We need to speak out now to ensure that President Obama knows the American people support diplomacy, not war.

Tell President Obama: We support diplomacy with Iran, not an unnecessary and costly war. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Haven't we had enough war? If you are unsure, then watch the following video before you answer.

"I agree with the commentator near the end of the video. Our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coast guard are not fighting any longer for duty, honor, and country. They are fighting for their own survival in America's quest for never ending wars." ~ SMSGT Rector, USAF

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Daily Show Segment Surges In Florida

I am a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, but it would be a welcome change if Florida would stop providing him and his writers with so much material. Florida is getting more publicity from The Daily Show than the Chamber of Commerce can generate. How sad is that?

This once grand state has become the laughing stock of not only the nation, but the entire world. To a great extent we can thank Mr. Picklehead in Tallahassee, the prick who bought Florida, for that.

Bloggers around the state have posted these little gems from last night's show:

I laughed, but was saddened nonetheless. Florida used to be a fun place to live - for all the right reasons. Rick Scott and his Republican dominated legislature are doing all in their power to destroy the state, and make life miserable for all (except the monied) who live here.

We can't re-call the bastard, because there are no applicable statutes. Short of enduring this clown until the 2014 elections, the best we could hope for is a misstep on his part that results in a misdemeanor charge followed by impeachment.

The Constitution of Florida provides for impeachment and removal from office for officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of agriculture, and all justices  who have committed misdemeanors or worse crimes. Impeachment must involve a violation of law that is considered a criminal offense and, as such, impeachment results in a criminal record for the removed official.

Though rarely invoked, impeachment can remove those committing illegal acts from office. Issues of bias, or more accurately discrimination and harassment, are provided for in legislation that mirrors federal civil rights laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

I am hoping for a misstep, especially in light of the voter purge. The goal of the  National Voter Registration Act was to enhance voting opportunities for all Americans, not remove them. I don't want to see the Department of Justice giving Scott a slap on the wrist or even a spanking. I want to see the mother of all bitch-slaps laid on Scott.

I want him gone!

The Oracle's Quote Of The Day

The following quote is courtesy of the Borowitz Report, In Emergency Session, U.N. Declares Florida a Rogue State:

"Elsewhere on the political scene, President Obama today said he 'misspoke' when he said last week that the private sector of the economy was fine: 'What I meant to say was that Mitt Romney is a dick.' ”

It's A Stormy Week In The Sunshine State

Yeah, I know it's only Wednesday, but the state of my state has got me so angry and frustrated I could just poop! I need something to cheer me up and get my mind off of Rick the prick Scott - you know, that damnyankee carpetbagger who bought Florida.

Maybe some blues - that always brightens my day.

A special Oracle thank you to Y-vonne, The High Priestess of Everything (and then some, dammit), for turning me on to Cassidy a few years ago.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Déjà vu - Florida Voter Purge

In case you missed it the first time, BOHICA*!

The first time around we can blame the Republicans. And this time? You got it - Republicans. Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris gamed the system in 2000 and thanks to Florida, the country got Bush-whacked.

Chief Executive Orifice Scott and his lotion boys and girls are at it again. This time they want the state to deliver a Scott clone to the White house. The Department of Justice may be able to stop Scott and his on-going war on President Obama, but if we the people scream loud enough and long enough we may slow this pickle headed prick down a bit until the wheels of justice build up steam.

* Bend over here it comes again!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stop Rick Scott's Voter Purge is sending out emails asking interested parties (which should be all Americans) to sign a petition demanding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder put a stop to Florida CEO Rick Scott's racist voter purge program:

According to a prominent Friday Tampa Bay Times editorial, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott is"standing between Floridians and their right to vote as U.S. citizens." He's the new George Wallace—the Alabama governor who defied the federal government in order to deny African Americans their rights as citizens 49 years ago this month.

Gov. Wallace was the face of the original Jim Crow. Now, Gov. Scott is the face of Jim Crow 2.0, as he refuses to halt his Latino-targeted voter purge, in defiance of federal law and a Department of Justice order.

Gov. Scott's racist voter purge began nine months ago when Florida's Division of Elections began challenging the rights of 180,000 voters based on bad information, and with the election drawing nearer, it's coming to a head right now. When the Department of Justice called on Florida to end the program, Gov. Scott responded this past Wednesday that they would continue despite warnings that they may be in violation of federal law.

Attorney General Eric Holder can block Gov. Scott from illegitimately kicking Floridians off the voter roll. Attorney General Holder has the authority to sue the state and block the purge because of the harm it does to Latino voters. He must act today to ensure that the courts strike this program down before it's too late—and we lose another election.

Will you sign our petition to Attorney General Holder? It says "Block Florida's racist voter purge program immediately." We'll deliver it to the attorney general at the Department of Justice headquarters in D.C. next week.

Click here to add your name.

Something must be done to stop this megalomaniac. Scott won't listen to the people. I have no expectations he will listen to Holder, but hope springs eternal.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Do Datz Again

I had the most amazing and wonderful thing for dinner this last Friday evening...a pork chop. Well, a big whoop, you might offer, "What's so special about a pork chop?" I'll tell you what's so special. With this country's paranoid avoidance of anything that isn't fat free, our farmers and food producers have gone out of their way to breed as much fat as possible out of our livestock.

What they have accomplished is to remove all taste, tenderness, and juiciness from the meats we eat. This is a tragedy for those of us who still appreciate foods with flavor. It might also be appropriate to point out that it's not a bit of meat fats that are turning this country into the land of the obese. We are becoming huge because we don't exercise, and we seem to have this idea that since we are a land of plenty that we need to stuff as much of that plenty as possible down our throats.
Travel Channel photo

We even cheer for those who make gluttony a virtue and a spectator sport. As a 'for instance': "Man v. Food [...] After 3 years of eating his way across America, Adam’s heard the Man v. Food Nation…they want a piece of the action."

I will now step down from my soapbox and let Datz Deli , 2616 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, take center stage.

We have dined at Datz many times over the last several years and have always been delighted to return. During a visit several weeks ago, we discovered that Datz was in the process of making a few changes to their menu. One of my absolute favorite items on the older menu was the Amarillo Cowboy Steak, a bone-in ribeye that was to swoon over. That ribeye was no longer on the menu.

I was devastated!

The server suggested (politely) that I cowboy myself up and give the Cola-Cola Ribeye a try. As this item has no bone-in and I do love gnawing on the bone, I reluctantly gave it a try. It was so good I totally forgot about the missing bone.

This ribeye was marinated in Coca-Cola and hoisin for 12 hours and then cooked to medium rare perfection. Heaven on a plate!

All right then, back to last Friday.

We just beat the approaching rain squalls and the after-work crowd, so we entered a fairly empty Datz. We were promptly seated in the loft area, and presented with the finalized new menu. The loft is a great spot to people watch if you are seated at the railing.

We started our evening with an unbelievably good bottle of Spanish Vina Cune Crianza with hints of cherry pie and whisper of pimentón (Spanish paprika). The wine went well with our 'starters' and our entrées.

My bride began with Deviled Eggs stuffed with smoked trout and a dab of fried almonds with za'atar, a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. She was pleased, while I thought them a little bland.

I hit the zenith of gastronomic delight with the Pork 'Wich (be still my quivering receptors of fatty pork excellence). This pastrami-smoked Berkshire pork belly was served atop slivers of pumpernickel, with pickled mustard seeds, cabbage, and Russian dressing. I could have made this my entrée had it been served in a larger size (hint, hint). It was so-o-o-o-o good!

The Belle of Ballast Point is a hussy for meatloaf, so Barry C's Stuffed Meatloaf was her orgasmic delight of the evening - food wise that is. When it became my turn to order, I waffled between the Coca-Cola Ribeye and the Palm Ridge Pork Chop. Tina, our very charming server of the evening, assured me that I would not be disappointed with the pork chop - so, I went for it.

This bone-in chop braised in Palm Ridge bourbon and vanilla, then grilled over mesquite was so tender, tasty, and juicy it pert-near brought tears to my eyes. Gracious goodness, was that chop ever good, perfectly cooked with a warm pink center.

And no, pork doesn't have to be cooked to death. It used to be, in the old days, that pork had to be cooked through to as high as a gazillion degrees. That is no longer true today thanks to the better conditions under which pig farming is conducted.

This was a most memorable meal for me - tender, juicy, flavorful, and I got two bones to gnaw on. I quiver in ecstasy at the very thought!

We ended the evening by sharing a cupcake, but not just any cupcake. This thing was a monster oozing with chocolate and slathered with a vanilla frosting.

Do your taste buds and tummy a favor and Datz yourself into a stupor. We did and loved it! I don't remember the cost, but whatever it was, it was worth every shekel.

Datz Tampa on Urbanspoon

Datz on Foodio54

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Check Your Voter Status

Have you wondered why Rick the Prick Scott, the Florida Goobernator, is so intent on purging voters in this state - primarily those who tend to vote Democrat?

Voter Registration in Florida as of: 6/5/2012 

Republican: 4,102,299 

Democrat: 4,552,402 

Other: 2,680,012 

Total: 11,334,713

If you are concerned that Scott's voter purge witch hunt has purged you, then CLICK HERE to verify your voter eligibility.

The web site works for all 50 states.

Rick Scott's Voter Purge

The Oracle received the following email this morning from Mark Damien of Progress Florida:

The Justice Department has told Gov. Scott to stop his Voter Purge. As a result of the Justice Department's pushback and a wave of calls from Floridians, all 67 county Supervisors of Election have suspended purging voters from their rolls.

Gov. Scott has said he plans to try and continue his Voter Purge despite the fact that his effort clearly violates the National Voter Registration Act. This law bans purging voter rolls within 90 days of an election, in this case Florida's August 14th primary.

Scott's Voter Purge was flawed from the beginning, with major inaccuracies causing legitimate voters to be potentially removed from the rolls. Thankfully, civil rights groups, the media, and several Supervisors of Election raised the alarm. Hundreds of Progress Florida supporters like you also raised your voice, directly calling and demanding your election Supervisors stop the purge.

One thing is clear: Floridians can't trust their own governor to protect basic voting rights. We need to support the Justice Department's call to stop Scott's Voter Purge.

This fight isn't over. Gov. Scott and his extremist allies will be looking for new ways to suppress the vote using the nearly nonexistent threat of voter fraud as an excuse to rig the election. Standing up to Scott means standing behind the Justice Department's effort to protect our democracy.

CLICK HERE if you would like to thank the Justice Department for their action and urge them to not back down in the face of Gov. Scott's Voter Purge. 

At this very instant in real time, Florida is “working on a response” to the U.S. Department of Justice’s questions about its efforts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls and hopes to be able to respond by today’s deadline, said Chief Executive Orifice Rick Scott.

You may also CLICK HERE to sign a petition to The Florida State House, The Florida State Senate, and Goobernator Rick Scott which says:

"Update the list of potential non-US citizens and suspend the voter purge until after the 2012 federal elections."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Florida: The Land Of Crazy, the now legal name of the former Eddie Gonzalez, has qualified to run for the Florida 25th Congressional district. Mr., with no party affiliation, is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who also has already qualified according to state elections officials.


Mr. Z

Three things that immediately pop into my mind are:
  • WTF?
I think that is a given.
  • Does the Mr. [Formerly] Gonzalez really think that anyone will take a candidate seriously who changes their name to a dot com?
Well yes, after all this is Florida. But please do go on.
  • Since so many Florida voters seem to have no grasp whatsoever of political issues, shouldn't name recognition be important to a candidate?  Something more recognizable like say - Eddie Zimmerman or George Z the Second maybe?
Well yes, I guess that would work. 

With the look and the name, Mr. Vote For Eddie Dot Com would probably be a shoo-in for office. After all, this is Florida.

Goodness gracious, another name change just might be in the works. As I have mentioned a time or two before, this is Florida. Stranger things are always happening.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ring Around The Sun

Coming out of Publix a few minutes ago I saw several people shading their eyes and looking towards the heavens. This piqued my interest so I too shaded my eyes and looked up. My, my, thought I, a ring around the sun. How unusual.

I couldn't move any farther away so as to get the entire image since I was already standing on the ground, so this is the best I could do with my little Canon Power Shot.

In case you are curious, the sun does not have any rings. The rings around the sun that some have observed are called halos. These halos are caused by cirrostratus clouds. The white halo is the one most observed but there are also red, blue and rainbow color.

The rings around the sun were used before to predict the weather. When a ring or halo is seen around the sun and even the moon, it may indicate that rain or snow will be coming soon. It may not be very accurate because other factors also affect the weather but what the heck, the TV weather folks haven't been that accurate lately either.

And, a little snow storm right now in Tampa might feel pretty good.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

GOP War On Women Continues

Unleashing the latest salvo against women, a spokesman for Representative Nan Hayworth (R-NY Taliban) advocated violence against women senators in a public, online forum. Jay Townsend said, "Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector." Like they do in Afghanistan?

Throw acid in a woman's face, or anyone's face for that matter? Where the hell did that come from, the Taliban Guidebook For The Suppression Of Women? Is this really where our country is heading? Is this what we can look forward to with a Republican dominated government?

Here is what Townsend advocates for women who don't toe the Republican line:

There is a growing demand for accountability, that Hayworth should fire Townsend. That by itself is not enough. New York has an Involuntary Mental Commitment Law that allows for the emergency involuntary commitments of those suspected of being mentally ill and in imminent danger of doing harm to themselves and others.

Jay Townsend is in serious need of a mental evaluation, and should be immediately incarcerated.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Marco Rubio Is Convinced

Here is a "Holy Shit Stop the Presses" headline from:

Sunburn for 6/1: A morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics


Sen. Marco Rubio showcased his foreign policy experience at an event on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, as another Republican presumed to be on Mitt Romney’s vice presidential shortlist visited Israel.

Rubio said he is “convinced without a shadow of a doubt that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program,” and reluctantly expects that negotiations with and sanctions upon the Mideast nation will fail. In that case, “a military option may be necessary.”

Don't misunderstand me - I am not attacking SaintPetersBlog. I look forward to Sunburn each day.

It's that idiot Rubio that has pissed off the Oracle - royally!

 “[C]onvinced without a shadow of a doubt that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program”? You have got to be kidding! Haven't we heard the same mierda del toro from some other Republican war mongers? You know the ones I am referring to - The WMD Kings:

Dick Cheney
Speech to VFW National Convention
August 26, 2002

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

George W. Bush
Speech to UN General Assembly
September 12, 2002

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."

Ari Fleischer
Press Briefing
January 9, 2003

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."

Bush was convinced, Cheney was convinced, Fleischer was a puppet, but now we have another Republican war monger who is convinced. I am convinced that we need to round up all of these Republicans who want to start another war, arm them and ship their asses over to wherever. If they want a war so badly, then let them fight it - and with their own money.

To paraphrase the late Will Rogers, it should be illegal to start another war until you have paid for the last one. And WE HAVEN'T!

People like Bush and Rubio are great for pulling their convictions out of their anal orifices, but I would rather let the man currently in charge make the decisions. Obama has a professional team backing up his decisions. He should remain in charge.

This country doesn't need Rubio or the Ecto-sketch man. But remember this:

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." George W Bush, 5/24/05

President Bush and his vice president conceded October 7, 2004 in the clearest terms yet that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, trying to shift the Iraq war debate to a new issue – whether the invasion was justified because Hussein was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program.

The Tale Of Two Sisters

Let's get Friday off to a good start with a heartwarming story that was featured today in the Tampa Bay Times.

Little twin sister Lindsey was graduating from Sickles High School and was hoping that big twin sister Sara would be in attendance. Sara's presence at this event was especially important to Lindsey because of the very special bond between the two girls.

Army Spec-4 Sara had just recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan and only recently arrived back in the States for her new duty assignment at Fort Hood, Texas. It didn't appear that Sara would be able to attend Lindsey's graduation. What should have been a great day in Lindsey's life was shaping up to be an empty event for the young graduate.

Unbeknownst to Lindsey, there was a conspiracy afoot. The following Tampa Bay Times video tells the rest of the story:

Happy Friday y'all!