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Let’s all point and laugh at WFTV’s stupid marijuana story

November 5, 2013
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Let’s all point and laugh at WFTV’s stupid marijuana story

Guys, do you know what November is? In the blow-dried teevee news biz, it’s sweeps month, that glorious time of year when stations jockey for ratings supremacy, usually by trying to scare the bejesus out of the suburban moms and senile octogenarians who still watch local television news. WFTV-Channel 9’s first entry into this...
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John Mica has gone full teabagger (and 5 other things we learned from last night’s debt ceiling vote)

October 17, 2013
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John Mica has gone full teabagger (and 5 other things we learned from last night’s debt ceiling vote)

The government is open. The debt ceiling has been raised. And while we’ll have to endure three months of deficit scolds and super-committees and chained CPI, at least for the moment we can step back from the precipice and take a deep breath. There. Doesn’t that feel better? The votes last night to fund...
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You’ll get nothing and you’ll like it: The Tea Party surrenders

October 16, 2013
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You’ll get nothing and you’ll like it: The Tea Party surrenders

So this latest self-inflicted “crisis” is finally careening to what was, ultimately, its only possible conclusion: complete, humiliating capitulation by the craven assholes who initiated this debacle, the House Republicans and their Tea Party acolytes in the Senate. The House this afternoon will be forced to take up, and pass with Democratic votes, the...
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Save your Confederate money, boys, the South gon’ rise again

October 14, 2013
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Save your Confederate money, boys, the South gon’ rise again

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this scene: Yesterday, in Washington, a group of angry white people—it was billed as the “Million Vet March” but numbered in the hundreds, maybe the thousands, and who knows how many were actual veterans—led by Tea Party-aligned Texas senator Ted Cruz and former half-term Alaska governor...
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The dumbest people you know: This is what Government by Assholes looks like

October 3, 2013
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The dumbest people you know: This is what Government by Assholes looks like

“We’re not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is”—Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) “I think there’s a sense that for us to do a clean CR now—then what the hell was this about? So I don’t think it’s going to end anytime soon”—Unnamed GOP...
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Listen to Steven Foxbury’s amazing new song, written for our own Billy Manes

September 26, 2013
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Listen to Steven Foxbury’s amazing new song, written for our own Billy Manes

You guys—at least those of you who’ve been around these parts a spell—probably best know Steven Foxbury, aka Steve Burry, from his days fronting the Orlando pop-rock band My Friend Steve back in the late ’90s. (Click here to see their 1998 video for “Charmed,” featuring a rather enthralling Selma Blair.) After My Friend Steve...
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Here’s some (NSFW) video of a DeLand cop running over a guy with his police cruiser

September 24, 2013
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  On May 8, Marlon Brown, 38, was pulled over in DeLand for a seatbelt violation. Brown, who’d had more than a few run-ins with the law over the years, got out of the car and ran (generally a bad idea!). The police pursued. Brown eventually ran into a vegetable garden, tripped and then was...
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“Let Allah sort it out”: Alan Grayson’s curious callousness on Syria

September 10, 2013
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“Let Allah sort it out”: Alan Grayson’s curious callousness on Syria

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, is probably best known for two things: being stridently anti-war (he first made a name for himself suing defense contractors during the Iraq War) and having … how to put this delicately … something of an assholish streak (think “die quickly” or “Taliban Dan”). Neither of these is, in the...
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Exclusive: County voters divided on soccer stadium, overwhelmingly want to overhaul the state’s tourism tax law, poll finds

September 3, 2013
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Exclusive: County voters divided on soccer stadium, overwhelmingly want to overhaul the state’s tourism tax law, poll finds

On Friday the Sentinel reported on a poll on the “textgate” scandal, commissioned by the progressive group Organize Now. The Kitchens Group’s survey of likely primary voters—in other words, people who vote in every single election, come hell or high water—found strong support for the paid sick leave referendum the Orange County Commission deep-sixed last year, but...
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