No, Ron DeSantis was not a Navy Pilot nor was he a SEAL.
Ron Pretending to be a Navy Pilot(public use) After a disastrous media ad where DeSantis dresses up in a fighter pilot costume and pretends to be a ‘top gov’ in an obvious attempt to infringe on the commercial rights of the famous movie, ‘Top Gun - Maverick’, some people are questioning Ron DeSantis’ entire military career. In the ad, according to Boing Boing, “he flexes his big boy muscles as he struts around in military garb acting like the toxic schoolyard bully that he is.” Before you start screaming ‘fake news’, lets find out the truth.Read full story
Ron DeSantis is ‘Fat, Phony and Whiny’, according to Trump.
Ron DeSantis(via flaglerlive.com) In Maggie Haberman’s new book, she writes that Trump had called DeSantis ‘Fat’ ‘Phony’ and ‘Whiny’. She recalled learning from sources that Trump had called DeSantis ‘Fat’ ‘Phony’ and ‘Whiny’ while also taking credit for the latter clinching the governor's seat in 2018. Haberman also wrote that she had heard Trump using similar terms to describe DeSantis.Read full story
People are obsessed with Wordle and now so am I.
Frustrated Man(Stock-free.org) I avoided playing Wordle up until a couple of weeks ago like it was the plague. I’ve never been much for fads – never wore bell bottoms, played Trivial Pursuit or had a Rubik’s cube. I did have a pet rock, but it was a wild one I found on a dirt road. I think it died shortly thereafter.Read full story
In the poorest states in America, 9 of the lowest 10 have Republican Legislatures.
Rich Poor Divide(Shutterstock) People come into the United States from all over the world to find freedom and to earn enough to raise their families. Yet, poverty is a pervasive problem in America. As of 2020, 11.4% of the US lives in poverty. In 2020, 35% of households with incomes below the federal poverty line were food insecure. 18 out of every 100,000 people in the US were homeless as of January 2020.Read full story
State where Governor makes discussions of LGBT lifestyles illegal in schools gets targeted by name-changing hurricane.
Gender Pronouns(Shutterstock) Originally tagged as 98-L, ‘they’ started as a low-pressure center over the Caribbean just North of Venezuela. They were a storm that formed in the womb of the Atlantic and churned slowly northwards with 35 mph winds, eventually being born as ‘Tropical Depression 9’. Forecast models were run, and it was determined this storm was headed to Florida.Read full story
In a repeat of 2018, Democrats lead Republicans in 4 of 6 of the most hotly contested races for governor.
Predicted Gov. Races(via future fandom) In the 2018 midterms, Democrats gained control of seven additional governorships from Republicans. The 2022 mid-terms look as if they are headed the same way with Democratic contenders leading in the polls in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, and Michigan and close in Florida and Georgia. Wins in these states will give Democrats control of three additional (Arizona, Georgia, Florida) governorships, tying the two party’s at 25 – 25 if no other changes transpire.Read full story
Alachua County now in ‘State of Emergency’ for Hurricane Ian – risk is still low for serious damage - Updated**
Hurricane Sign(Shutterstock) They said the 2022 hurricane season would be intense with up to 21 named storms and up to 10 hurricanes, but it has been quiet (almost) as a mouse.Read full story
Traveling? How to legally get safely high in every state.
You have a medical marijuana card for the state in which you live, but now its time to take a trip – how are you going to legally get high once you get were you are going to? Even though Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during a security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.Read full story
This Weekend: Gainesville Fun
Heart Walk Arch(via Santa Fe College) As fall approaches Florida and the temperatures become more manageable, it is a great time to go outside and enjoy all that Gainesville has to offer, especially before the rain of the latest hurricane is scheduled to arrive on our doorstep early next week.Read full story
Happy Rosh Hashanah, the Biblical meaning behind it and what it means for you.
Happy New Year(Shutterstock) Half of the Bible is about the lives and times of the Nation of Israel. Though I do not ascribe to the belief that the ‘Hebrew’ Scriptures (Old Testament) has paramount concern for today’s faithful in comparison to the ‘New Testament’ (see my book: ‘Knowing God and Jesus, a Study in Scripture – Love, Faith and Hope’ for a more thorough examination of why Jesus fulfilled the old law), most Christian’s still cling to the idea that the old Hebrew law applies just as strongly to today’s life.Read full story
Opinion: The three Governors America must fire.
You are Fired(Shutterstock) The United States is a union of differences. America’s leaders should be on a mission to unite people, not divide. Ron DeSantis was once again in the news, this time reveling in the backlash of sending asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard (for more in depth on this – read this), possibly illegally. He joins his cohort in drama, Texas Governor Abbot, who pulls the same kinds of stunts, all using taxpayer funds. The two governors have been sending refugees and undocumented immigrants on buses and chartered planes in those states to cities in the north.Read full story
'Magic Mushrooms' medicinal uses starting to blossom.
Mushrooms and Butterfly(Shutterstock) Like Cannabis before them, ‘Magic’ Mushrooms are finally getting their scientific kudos from the medical research community. A recent study of HPV using medicinal mushrooms in a clinical trial is providing physicians and patients with a new avenue for addressing the cancer-causing virus. Researchers at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston studied the effect of a unique natural Japanese medicinal mushroom extract on women with persistent high-risk HPV infections. They found that daily use of the Mushroom extract helped to clear an active HPV infection in two-thirds of study participants after only six months, while volunteers in the placebo group did not see comparable results.Read full story
‘Sex on the Beach': New report issues warnings.
Couple on Beach(istockphoto.com) Sand dunes are sexy, or so some people think. Personally, I don’t care for sand in all the various places it gets. Sand is gritty, not sexy. The next time you are walking hand-in hand with your special someone (or a special stranger, I suppose), on the beach in the moonlight, and you start to get that ‘special’ feeling down there, your act of lovemaking may very well be destroying the fragile ecosystem of the dunes, not to mention the possible damage to your clothes and skin.Read full story
Opinion: ‘Political and inhumane’, DeSantis is trafficking human beings as a stunt (updated).
DeSantis signs Human Trafficking law.(floridianpress.com) (Updated 9/22/2022) Immigration advocates are criticizing DeSantis' stunt of transporting immigrant asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard from Florida as ‘political and inhumane'. While the federal government discuss ‘litigation options', a group of Venezuelan asylum seekers have filed a lawsuit against Ron DeSantis for the action.Read full story
The “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, – the things Autumn is made of.
Autumn Scenery(Shutterstock) It seems as if this summer’s been too hot to wear anything but a smile, but soon Autumn will be here in a full cacophony of colors and cooler weather, and it will be time to watch the leaves swirl downwards.Read full story
Help heal 85 people- become a donor.
The Gift of Life(public use) Thousands of people die every year due to organ failure and about 15 people die daily due to lack of donor organs. A single word can become a sign of hope for the millions of people on the transplant waiting list. Saying “YES” to being an organ, eye and tissue donor is a selfless decision that can save the lives of up to eight people, help to heal 75 others, and provide two people with eyesight.Read full story
Cats are more than just our over-lords – they keep us happy and healthy.
Cats, you either love ’em or hate ‘em. Regardless of the extent to which they control us, making us get up out of bed too early so they can eat, or even when we find ourselves bending over the ‘box’ and scooping out their poop – cats have an uncanny ability to make us happy.Read full story
LGBTQ students find allies in the Christian Faith leadership.
Church Rainbow Flag(via Salon.com) It isn’t only Florida that is dangerously ‘segregating’ LGBTQ students from their peers using discriminatory laws aimed at what support educators can provide. Texas has also jumped on the anti-LGBTQ bandwagon.Read full story
Museum Day returns with FREE admission to the fabulous Appleton.
Museum Day(marketing photo - public license) Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. This year’s theme, American Experience, will be “a spotlight on wonderful arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country,” according to a Smithsonian news release.Read full story
Gainesville Improv Guild benefit performance for Ukraine orphans.
Gainesville Improv Guild(via Facebook) Improvisation is a centuries old art form that has been used mainly in the acting and music traditions of the performing arts, improv comes from the theatre stage, not the standup comedy stage. Improv is a legitimate art form by itself, and because improvisation is an art form, it is a life-long journey of exploration and discovery.Read full story