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News groups ask appeals court to protect American’s Freedom of Information Act rights

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
Accusing the FBI of years of dishonesty in handling Freedom of Information Act requests, a legion of news organizations and support groups asked a federal appeals court Monday to protect Americans’ rights under the law.
The post News groups ask appeals court to protect American’s Freedom of Information Act rights appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

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Pasco County GOP official in trouble after social media posts go national

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Secretary Bill Akins is under fire, after a story publishing his history of pushing out racist jokes and conspiracy theories was published by the Washington Post on Saturday.
The reason that the previously little known local Republican even earned the interest of the Post was from what happened earlier on Saturday at Congressman Gus Bilirakis raucous town hall meeting in New Port Richey. That’s where Akins told a crowd of mostly supporters of the Affordable Care Act that it was a fact that they would face “death panels” at the age of 74 under the legislation. “Death Panels” were often uttered by Tea Party activists at town hall meetings back in 2009 when the ACA was initially being discussed. PolitFact called the term the “lie of the year” in 2009.
As soon as Akins finished pronouncing “panel,” the crowd erupted into arguably the loudest amount of jeering from the two hour meeting.
“OK, children. Alright, children,” Akins stated, mocking the crowd in an exchange that was repeatedly by CNN and MSNBC on Saturday.
Akins apparently deleted all of his posts on his Facebook page on Saturday night, after the story by the Post’s Dave Weigel went live. The earliest posts now available to see on his page go back to 2011.
Among the controversial statements that Akins made included comparing black protesters to monkeys, accusing former President Barack Obama of being a foreign-born Muslim, and that Bill and Hillary Clinton had potential trial witnesses against them murdered.
He claimed that former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia might have been murdered, that “Climate Change” is a globalist hoax, and that Nancy Pelosi is mentally handicapped.
The Pasco County GOP Facebook page was filled with angry responses on Sunday.
“Rep Bilirakis SR was a truthful and honorable man,” wrote Chris Perfusion Clay. “The present Representative (who used to be my Representative until they gerrymandered again) makes a fool of himself by agreeing with a delusional Bill Akins. Mr Akins Facebook page is an example of why Republicans

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How can we respect the presidency, when Donald Trump clearly doesn’t?

Friday, February 10th, 2017

When President Harry S. Truman threatened in December 1950 to punch out a Washington Post music critic who had panned his daughter’s singing, he wrote the letter in his own hand, affixed his own postage stamp, and did not make it public. Neither did the Post.
But America knew all about it once it had leaked to the Washington News.
“It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful,” the president wrote …”Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!”
Public reaction was divided. Some people, Republicans especially, said that what Truman did was terrible. Others, fathers especially, applauded him for sticking up for his daughter.
Actually, the critic, Paul Hume, was a young man, 34, only three years into what became a long and acclaimed career at the Post. When they finally did meet, years later at Truman’s home in Independence, Missouri, they played the piano together.
Truman’s outburst comes to mind with the news of the very public way in which Donald Trump and his shrill White House shill, Kellyanne Conway, reacted to news of a department store chain, Nordstrom, dropping Ivanka Trump‘s branded merchandise.
The so-called president used his personal and White House Twitter accounts to denounce the company for treating his daughter “unfairly.” Conway was on Fox “News” the next day urging people to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.
“I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today everybody, you can find it online,” Conway said.
That goes way, way beyond what Truman did, and is far, far worse. Truman involved public resources only to the extent that he was living in the White House when he wrote the letter, and he did not

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David Brooks on Trump voters, Colin Kaepernick and the growing loss of connection in the U.S.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

With his twice-weekly forum on the New York Times op-ed page, along with weekly gigs on NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS NewsHour, David Brooks is considered one of the most preeminent political pundits in the country. So when I had the opportunity to speak with him about an hour-and-a-half before his scheduled appearance at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Wednesday evening, I asked him what he thought the greatest challenge facing the U.S. in 2016.
He believes it’s our increasing social isolation, something that was reflected in a column he wrote earlier this week, titled, “Dignity and Sadness in the Working Class.”
“The number of people who have five or six friends is dropping, the number of people involved in community organizations is dropping, the number of people who are in marriages is dropping, the number of people who are chronically lonely is increasing,” he said while speaking in an anteroom inside the Palladium. “And so all the little web of connections that make up normal happy lives, is fraying for a lot of people, and they’re falling between the cracks. And when they fall between the cracks. that leads to opiates, that leads to spiking suicide rates which are showing up, that leads to higher mortality rates, obesity rates, and so, it’s really the loss of connection.”
The 55-year-old Brooks has been traveling the country extensively over the past seven months, talking to audience like the hundreds who paid $65 to hear him about speak at the Palladium behind the publication of his latest book, “The Road to Character.” (Proceeds from Wednesday night’s event went to the St. Petersburg College Foundation). In his recent travels he says he’s found a level of disaffection among Donald Trump supporters that revolve around a sense of loss, adding that these Trump voters “tend to

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Dan Gelber: No prosecutor would do what Pam Bondi did with Donald Trump’s donation

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

For the second time in a week, Florida Democrats blasted the campaign donation Donald Trump‘s foundation made to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s committee.
This time, it was Dan Gelber saying Wednesday he knows of no prosecutor who would do what she did.
Gelber is a former federal prosecutor and a former Democratic member of the Florida House and Senate, who lost the 2010 election to Bondi in the attorney general’s race.
He said it’s conceivable that she was unaware, as she had said, of discussions in her office to investigate Trump’s Trump University in Florida when her independent political committee accepted a $25,000 check from the Donald Trump Foundation.
But she should have given the money back as soon as she learned of the allegations against the Trump Foundation, Gelber added.
Gelber joined Democratic U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch Wednesday in a telephone news conference organized by the Democratic National Committee. In addition to the Trump-Bondi matter, they discussed new revelations published by The Washington Post that the Trump Foundation also paid lawsuit settlements and court-ordered fines levied against Trump himself. If true, those, like the Bondi check, could be violations of federal and state law, Gelber said.
In the Bondi-Trump matter, while the Florida attorney general’s office was discussing consumer complaints alleging fraud by Trump University, and an investigation launched by the New York attorney general, the Donald J. Trump Foundation sent a $25,000 check to the And Justice For All, a now-closed electioneering communications organization. Around the time that check arrived, Bondi’s office decided not to investigate Trump University or join the New York case. She also decided to keep the money. On Tuesday she defended it as unrelated and appropriate.
“I would never trade any campaign donation — that’s absurd — for some type of favor to anyone,” Bondi told reporters.
Gelber said other prosecutors

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Chris Timmons: It’s time the GOP realizes the human complexity of black experience

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

So again, Jeb Bush belittles black people.
After a decade of uniform disdain for black life, Bush’s view amounts to the pejorative “free-stuff” argument — food stamps, Head Start, unemployment (not necessarily free), which black people tend to take advantage of “disproportionately,” as a Washington Post article put it.
That, Bush says, is the cause of black misfortune.
Black failure to attain the American Dream of white picket-fences, the complete suburbia nirvana (at least at the level of others) is not the cause of slavery and its legacy, Jim Crow and its harsh rigidity, urban renewal and its antecedents, but black effort.
What blacks need, says Bush, is the Republican prescription of hope and opportunity. That old-fashioned American can-do spirit.
What presumption!
He has his cheerleaders, a fledging young Republican policy mind, who wrote in Context Florida recently that the problem of black dependence could be located in LBJ’s nefarious Great Society program. She says anyone attacking Bush using buzzwords like “racism” are just being “frivolous.” So be it.
This is what the cultural critic Albert Murray (who in his work attempted to create a counter-narrative that emphasized the heroism, independence, and omni-American nature of black existence) called the “fakelore of black pathology.”
That lore excludes every moment in American history where black Americans (again omni-Americans) attempted to take charge of their own lives and were repeatedly thwarted: Reconstruction, the Booker T. Washington moment (beginning at his Atlantic Compromise speech), the NAACP-led years of legal protest (1920-54), the Great Migration of the 1920s (the greatest act of self-emancipation in American history), and the civil rights years and onward.
But there’s no explaining this to the GOP, tied as it is to a myopic vision of American history.
Recently, an important black activist died. “Activist” may be an unusual designation for someone like her, activism being associated as it is with

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