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Ah Florida, the gift that well, just won’t go away will it?  As a change of pace from weekend music I decided to do a quick search on strange news/crime/criminals in the Sunshine State and the ones below all occurred this year.  You may have seen some of these in the news but nevertheless I’m adding them here. So with that let’s move along.

 

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Yeah, I liked the Flintstones too but not this much.

 

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – A Florida man (of course… Florida man) was pulled over by law enforcement and given a citation.

All sounds normal, until you learn that he was dressed as Fred Flintstone and the vehicle he was “driving” was the footmobile made famous in the popular cartoon show.

But before you go all T-Rex on the cops, understand that it was all in fun.

Don Swartz (aka, Fred Flintstone) was driving around the Pasco County area in his Smart Car disguised as the footmobile, WTVT reports.

Pasco County deputy H. Echevarria pulled Swartz over for allegedly speeding in a neighborhood and issued him a notice to appear.

“A very special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Don and Trina Swartz for being such great sports… Yabba Dabba Doo!”

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This guy wanted something to drink and real bad y’all.

DeLAND, Fla. – A man says he climbed onto a DeLand convenience store’s roof Saturday morning in an attempt to get into the business, because he was thirsty, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Woodland Food Mart was closed when Michael Monacelli, 31, told deputies he tried to get inside the store because he was dehydrated and needed something to drink. He tried getting in by breaking a window, the suspect told deputies. Unable to get into the business, Monacelli climbed a tree and onto the roof, according to the arrest report. He told deputies that he then crawled into a hole on the roof  for shelter.

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While explaining how he came to be on the roof, a deputy confronted Monacelli about his reasoning, pointing to the full bottle, saying “You’ve had that water for almost 30 minutes and you’ve had two sips of it.”

“I was trying to put your thing first above my hydration,” Monacelli told the deputy, referring to his questions.

As he was being placed into a patrol car, Monacelli said he didn’t even try to climb on the roof, “it just happened.”

Monacelli was cleared by medical personal before he was booked into the Volusia County Jail on charges of attempted burglary and property damage.

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This one appears to have already had enough to drink.

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. – Authorities say a drunken Florida man bit another man’s fingertip off at a campsite in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in a news release that the victim and his wife had a campsite next to 54-year-old Aurelio Rodriguez at Bahia Honda State Park. They told deputies that on Friday night, they brought a bottle of tequila to share with Rodriguez but he had already been drinking.

An arrest report says Rodriguez fell and the victim tried to lift him but couldn’t. When he tried one last time to lift him, Rodriguez bit the man’s finger.

A deputy found Rodriguez’s face covered in blood. Paramedics found the missing fingertip but doctors couldn’t reattach it.

Rodriguez is charged with aggravated battery. A lawyer isn’t listed on jail records.

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Yep, those robocalls bother me too, but

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Brevard County man fed up with election-related robocalls was arrested Monday after deputies say he threatened to blow up the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Office.

According to the arrest report, Daniel Chen, 65, of Melbourne, called the Supervisor of Elections Office and threatened to blow up the building. During the call Chen identified himself and left his phone number. In an interview with authorities Chen admitted to making the call due to being “extremely upset over the robocalls.” Chen told deputies he has been trying throughout the week to stop the calls.

“He was upset over the robocalls from political parties so he called in a bomb threat to the supervisor of elections,” Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tod Goodyear said.

Chen is charged with making a false report of a bomb. He was arrested Monday and ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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(sigh)  I’ve been curious about things also but never, never this curious about anything.

PALM BAY, Fla. – A man who admitted he’d been “curious” about public masturbation did so in front of a security camera at a water treatment plant because he’s “dumb,” according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Police said they were called to the Palm Bay water treatment plant on Monday shortly after midnight because an employee saw a man masturbating and exposing himself to a security camera. An officer saw Nicholas Heinzen, 20, leaving the area in his vehicle as he was arriving to the scene to investigate.

olice said they were called to the Palm Bay water treatment plant on Monday shortly after midnight because an employee saw a man masturbating and exposing himself to a security camera. An officer saw Nicholas Heinzen, 20, leaving the area in his vehicle as he was arriving to the scene to investigate.

The officer pulled Heinzen over and questioned him about what he was doing in the area, to which Heinzen claimed that he had just turned down the road to turn around because he thought he had left his credit card at home, the report said.

When questioned further, Heinzen said he was “curious” about masturbating in front of the camera at the water treatment plant so he drove there, mooned the camera then masturbated while wearing a hat and napkin around his face, according to the affidavit.

Heinzen said he did it because he is “dumb,” the report said.    **

He was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure.

** No truer words have ever been spoken.

And last, courtesy of the Miami Herald we have a video compilation of dumb criminals.

 

That’s it Widdershins.

Open thread of course.

 

 

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Good Weekend Widdershins!

Well it seems we may indeed have had a Blue Wave this past Tuesday.

  • We retook the House of Representatives.
  • Democrats won women’s support by 19 points, the largest margin in the history of midterm exit polling
  • Voters under 30 also favored Democrats this year by a 35-point margin over Republicans
  • Independent women voted for Democratic candidates by a 17-point margin after narrowly supporting Republicans in 2014
  • And white women, a reliable voting bloc for the GOP, split their votes evenly between the two parties this year
  • We picked up seven governorships

So perhaps we need to say thanks.  Thanks to all of those who got out and voted, all of the workers for the candidates who won and thanks to everyone involved in the GOTV process.

Let’s take a look at some songs that include thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Have to throw in some Bach because…Bach)

 

 

 

There ya go Widdershins.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

Okay folks, let’s continue mb’s excellent Tuesday post covering the election.

While we did well in taking back the House we know that much work lies ahead.

Open thread of course.

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I am writing today’s post with tears in my eyes and fury in my heart.  For over three years now, we’ve seen the horrific evil of the worst of America become ascendant, and the media deliberately turn a blind eye to it; in fact, we’ve seen them refuse to call it by its name.

Let’s be very, very clear. The modern Republican party, once home to noble public servants like Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower, has become a refuge for the most deplorable sub-human creatures that ever crawled upon the surface of the earth.

There is no longer any difference between Republicans and Nazis.

Shall I present the evidence?

Amazingly, today in 2018, Nazis, neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, white supremacists and those who align with them are running for Congress — all under the Republican banner.

Arthur Jones of Illinois is an actual Nazi. John Fitzgerald of California is a Holocaust denier. Corey Stewart of Virginia has taken pro-Confederate and alt-right stances. Bill Fawell of Illinois thinks Israel was one of the “masterminds” of 9/11. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) all but admitted the truth of allegations that he addressed a white supremacist rally. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) held a fundraiser in July with Holocaust denier Charles Johnson after both had previously been criticized for associating with Johnson.

And those are just some of the Republicans running for Congress. The GOP is also plagued with candidates at the state level like Steve West, who promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his radio show and said “Hitler was right.” On Aug. 7, he won a contested Republican Missouri House of Representatives primary with more than 49 percent of the vote.

Some of us, in fact many of us, saw this right away. We were able to draw a direct line from Drumpf’s entry into the 2016 race, in which he announced that Mexicans were rapists, to his descriptions of women as dogs, to his mocking of a disabled reporter, to his description of African countries as “sh*tholes,” to his description of Nazis in Charlottesville as “very fine people,” to his railing against LEGAL IMMIGRANTS and ripping their babies from their arms, through to his blatant and amoral disregard of the terrible consequences of his hateful and fearmongering rhetoric this past week.

Instead of sympathizing with Democrats and the news media who have been targets of assassination, he doubles down and continues to attack them. Instead of respecting the wishes of the Jews in Pittsburgh and staying away, he decides to punch back by insisting he will come “grieve with them.” Spare us all! This sociopathic slimeball has never grieved for anything or anyone except himself and his vast echoing hungry shell of a heart. He is an excrescence on the sphincter of humanity.

Donald Trump, like his father, is a Nazi. He has always been a Nazi. He will always be a Nazi. He is running on the Nazi platform of “blood and soil:” ‘pure’ white blood and American soil is what all of his campaigns are about. Make America Hate Again is his true slogan.

The news media would do well to remember that, while the primary targets of Nazis were indeed Jews (some in my family, in fact), there were many more that did not fit Hitler’s idea of what human beings should look like. Romanians. Catholics. LGBT. They were all targets of Nazi rage. Why did no one want to admit the ideological connection until 11 Jews died while naming a baby? (Sorry, crying again.)

As Republicans continue to call out to hatred and fear of The Other, let’s hope more and more pundits and journalists have the courage to call them out for being Nazis. This hate speech has thrived long enough.

Hillary’s campaign was prescient. She said “Love Trumps Hate.” And it must.

We must remove Nazis from our public airwaves, from our state houses and from our federal government.

And we must never, never forget that the First Amendment does not protect the man calling “Fire” in a crowded theater.

This is an open thread.

Good Weekend Widdershins!

The official date of the Autumnal Equinox for 2018 was September 22nd.  Of course here in Loozeana we were still in “sauna mode” and dealing with heat indices.  However since then we’ve had a couple of so-called fronts that moved through and lowered the temps just a tad.  However, I’m still running the a/c and expect that to continue.

So with that in mind let’s dig out the “fall” and Autumn songs, but let’s expand it to include any songs that have “fall” in them or the lyrics and with any meaning of the word, That should open it up a bit

Green Day~Wake Me Up When September Ends

Wyclef Jean~Gone Til November

Neil Young~Harvest Moon

One of my faves because Ella Autumn In New York

Fall Like Rain~Eric Clapton

Fallin’ ~Alicia Keys

So there ya go Widdershins, six “fall” songs and not all of them seasonal. Feel free to add some of your own below.

Open thread, of course.

 

 

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Good Sunday and weekend Widdershins!

Fredster here today for our GAgal; who needed to give her creative muse a rest.  She may need a while to let the muse have a break and that’s understandable. I thank her again for coming to my rescue so turnabout is fair, no?

So despite tRump’s success in getting Kavanaugh on the bench at the Supremes, it may cost him more than he or the Repub congress critters realize.  He and they have fired up not only women but other Democratic-friendly groups also and right.before.the.midterms.  From watching Maddow’s show this past week, early voting number have been staggering, in Georgia as well as other states.  Dare we have hope?  Perhaps even high hopes of capturing the House and maybe the Senate?  So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some songs about hopes.

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High Hopes (Sinatra version)

High Hopes – Pink Floyd

Dixie Chicks – I Hope

Mandy More – Only Hope

Phil Wickham – Living Hope

Ben Lee – We’re All In This Together

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So there’s a nice selection of songs and Fredster is going go rant online some more at various sports sites.  He was happy that LSU beat Moo U (Mississippi State) but is furious that the Tigers’ best defensive player got ejected in the second of the game for targeting the Moo U quarterback. Since the player, Devin White, was ejected in the second half of this game he will not be eligible to play for the first half of LSU’s next game, which happens to be Alabama.  The call on the field was reviewed at SEC conference headquarters and was upheld.  And where, you might ask is SEC conference headquarters?  Why in Birmingham Alabama.  As the Church Lady would say, “How conveeenient!”.  

Open thread of course.

 

Have you all seen this video of Lady Gaga on Stephen Colbert’s show? It’s gone viral. For the words about the Kavanaugh confirmation, start around 3 minutes in.

A bell rang deep within me when Gaga said that trauma changes the brain; that the brain puts the pain in a box and shuts it, so we can survive. I realized that, since the day Drumpf stole the Presidency, I have been living with the pain of that day, and that box, while shut, has had some leaks.

Since November 8, 2016, I have lost some of my sparkle, my joie de vivre. My writing has become more direct, more bland, more generic. Satire is impossible; nothing is more absurd than the fantasy world the Republicans are trying to force down our throats. The plays I used to write don’t come out any more, as I have trouble finding humor in almost anything.

My brain functions more slowly now…I struggle to form sentences quickly and speak smoothly, as I used to. I lose focus at work, because my full heart isn’t in it. I am more prone to depression, to tears, to anxiety.

I’m a natural extrovert; yet, I’ve become more retiring, more reluctant to meet new people. I’m afraid any new person I meet may have voted for the Mango Moron, and I just don’t want people like that in my life. I don’t want to speak to them; I don’t want to sympathize with them; I don’t want to hear their excuses for voting for a racist, misogynist, authoritarian thug.

I have been changed, while the box strained and bulged and the pain and sorrow leaked through.

When the story about Dr. Ford broke, that box opened for me. All the psychic trauma of the past two years came rushing out, along with the memories of my own experiences with threatening men and sexual harassment. Online, I read countless, horrifying stories of women and men, recounting their own #MeToo moments.

Yet as terrible as this was to go through, something unexpected happened after Kavanaugh was confirmed.

I felt better. No, not just better: I felt my brain start to work again. The pall over my emotions lifted. I suddenly realized what was wrong, and that clarity gave me the strength to deal with it.

I was changed again.

Make no mistake, we are living in dreadful times. Drumpf now says he won’t fire Rosenstein. Why should he? Rosenstein helped rig the sham FBI investigation that Flake and Collins used as an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh is the guy Trump thinks will fix any consequences of the Mueller investigation for him and his children. More than that – he will help get all of Drumpf’s dreadful, un-American initiatives past court challenges that have, so far, held them up. The Muslim ban. The transgender ban in the military. Family separation. Babies in jail. Overturning Roe v. Wade. Killing the Affordable Care Act. Deporting legal immigrants back to their “shithole countries.” Etc., etc., etc.

But there’s nothing we can do about that now. We all did everything we could, and we caused a lot of “good trouble,” as John Lewis called it. In the end, the Republicans narrowly managed to elevate their pet sociopath to the Supreme Court.

Now, we focus like lasers on getting out the vote on November 6th. Because if we can get control of Congress, impeachment will be on the table – not just for Drumpf, but for Kavanaugh.

I’m sharp, I’m feeling everything, and I’m ready to work hard for the #BlueTsunami.

How about you?

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