In a statement Tuesday, Executive Director Kenneth A. Kent said, “At this time of uncertainty, the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers have been advised by the association to follow the advice of our legal counsel and not issue same-sex marriage licenses until a binding order is issued by a court of proper jurisdiction.”
“I think they’re dead wrong,” said Elizabeth White, one of the Jacksonville lawyers representing Stephen Schlairet and Ozzie Russ, a same-sex Washington County couple who, along with several others, convinced U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage in August.
He imposed a stay, however, to give the state time to appeal. Two weeks ago, when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state’s request to extend the stay beyond Jan. 5, gay-rights activists began planning celebrations for what many believe will be a flood of same-sex-marriage applications Jan. 6.
If this is true, Bush is certainly right. As for his candidacy, though, the answer is not just no, but HELL NO. This isn’t Saudi Arabia or North Korea. Dynastic rule does not belong anywhere in the 21st century, but especially not here.
For some time, rumors have been circulating as to whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the president in 2016. As Bush further considers the possibility of running, he’s seems to have realized one thing: the current GOP is completely insane.
Yesterday, Bush announced a game plan of sorts should he follow through and run for president in 2016, according to The Huffington Post. Bush said a successful candidate must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general.” As strange as the rationale behind that analogy may seem, Bush is saying that a candidate must stick to his guns, which is respectable.
However, for the GOP, sticking to its guns means government shutdowns, holding hostage tax plans that benefit the poor, gutting healthcare reform, and inciting ignorance on Net Neutrality (we’re looking at you, Ted Cruz). Traditionally, Bush is a moderate Republican. But today’s GOP are just as extreme, loud, and obnoxious as ever.
“I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or a bad one,” said Bush. “But I kinda know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else. [The candidate] has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to be practical,” when compared to past Republicans.
TALLAHASSEE, FL (RNN) - The person who shot several students on Florida State University’s campus early Thursday was identified as a graduate who was also a former prosecutor.
Myron May graduated the school before earning his law degree at Texas Tech, according to the Tallahassee police chief.
“He graduated from FSU in 2005, and he moved to Texas where he attended Texas Tech for law school. He graduated there in 2009,” Chief Michael DeLeo said during a news conference.
DeLeo said May used a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and had additional ammunition in his pockets. Police have not confirmed a motive in the shooting.
May injured three students at the campus library Thursday morning and was killed by university police after failing to drop his weapon, police said.
May’s Facebook page shows he posted mostly Bible verses and links to conspiracy theories about the government reading people’s minds.
Records show May was licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.
According to a Las Cruces, New Mexico, police report last month, May was a subject of a harassment complaint after a former girlfriend called to report he came to her home uninvited and claimed police were bugging his house and car. Danielle Nixon told police May recently developed “a severe mental disorder.”
“Myron began to ramble and handed her a piece to a car and asked her to keep it because this was a camera that police had put in his vehicle,” the report said.
“Myron De’Shawn May was a student at Texas Tech University School of Law from July 2006 through his graduation in May 2009. Texas Tech University extends its condolences to all those impacted by this tragedy.”
May earned his law degree from Texas Tech in 2009. May was also a FSU alum. He graduated from FSU in 2005.
The yokel punditocracy in Lubbock has labeled May a “leftist” largely because he reportedly walked out of his law school commencement to protest Karl Rove being the speaker.
It’s obvious that he had issues that completely transcend any kind of real world politics. If anything his specific delusions are more commonly associated with the Alex Jones wing of the extreme right.
As Miami and other cities evolve to become American Venices, Climate change presents South Florida with monumental engineering, legal, ethical, and societal challenges over the next few decades that will see staggering cost and social implications. Florida is just the US bellwether, but climate change is a global phenomenon.
Anatomy of a slow motion catastrophe. Video focuses on mounting challenges facing residents and property owners in south Florida as saltwater intrusion and rising sea level become increasingly problematic.
Miami (AFP) - Brazilian aviation firm Embraer said Thursday that it had delivered the first of 20 light-attack aircraft to the US Air Force, for use in Afghanistan after the NATO troop withdrawal.
The A-29 Super Tucano was presented at a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida where Embraer and its US-based partner Sierra Nevada Corporation are building the aircraft.
The $427 million contract to build the 20 Super Tucanos, a turboprop craft for light missions and pilot training, was announced in February 2013.
The awarding of the contract to Embraer provoked a challenge early on from US aviation firm Beechcraft, which alleged irregularities in the bidding process.
“The Super Tucano is a robust and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions and, in more than 10 years of operations, it has confirmed to be a cost-effective airpower solution for nations around the world,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer’s defense division.
Beechcraft’s promotional campaign for its cobbled together competitor, a derivative of their T-6 Texan II trainer, was a model of corporate duplicity. They framed it as the “American” entry, vs. the “foreign” competitor from Brazil, though in fact the AT-6 is a Swiss design and the planes were to be built at a new plant in Mexico. Note that the “foreign” AT-29 is built in Jacksonville, Florida. Beech also boasted that the combat version of their plane would be “American developed.” This was not true of the competing Embraer only because the combat version was already developed, ready to go, and had in fact been in action for over 10 years in various places.
(Reuters) - Police in Miami investigating the killing of a 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi over the weekend said on Monday they haven’t yet decided whether the shooting was a hate crime.
While investigators at a news conference called for witnesses to come forward, Jewish groups have issued conflicting interpretations of Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murder.
Raksin, a New York City resident who was in Miami visiting relatives, was shot Saturday morning allegedly by one of two black men who approached him as he walked toward a temple in a heavily Jewish enclave of North Miami Beach, according to police. No arrests have been made in the case.
Local representatives of the American Jewish Committee told the Miami Herald that recent acts of vandalism, including the July 28 discovery of what appeared to be a swastika and the name of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas written on the temple where Raksin was headed, point to the possibility of a hate crime.
The Miami branch of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a statement over the weekend said Raksin’s death appeared to have stemmed from a robbery gone awry.
“While our community is on high alert due to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have coincided with hostilities in the Middle East, we must be careful not to assume this was a hate-motivated crime,” ADL Florida Regional Director Hava Holzhauer wrote.
However some Jewish activists working with Miami-Dade police to investigate Raksin’s death disagreed with the ADL.
“There is one witness who wants to stay anonymous and he watched two guys go up with a gun, kill a guy, and walk away smiling,” said Yona Lunger, a member of North Miami Beach’s Shmira Patrol, which is akin to a neighborhood watch.
Lunger said a woman who attended Raksin’s funeral on Sunday returned home and found what appeared to be a swastika scratched into the family’s car. Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard confirmed the incident.
A 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn, N.Y., on his way to a local synagogue was gunned down in broad daylight Saturday morning during a likely random robbery attempt on Northeast 175th Street, according to Miami-Dade police and local Jewish community leaders.
The shooting victim, Joseph Raksin, was walking eastbound on Northeast 175th Street at about 9 a.m. when he was confronted by two young men. Following an altercation, Raksin was shot by one of the two young men, police said.
It’s unclear how many shots were fired at Raksin. But Raksin’s critical wounds prompted authorities to immediately airlift him to the Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.
The shooting took place in an area of unincorporated Northeast Miami-Dade near North Miami Beach, where swastikas found painted on a local synagogue last month have worried local Jewish leaders.
“At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez in a statement.
She said police are searching for two young male suspects, one of whom may have fled on a bicycle. The other may have run from the area on foot.
Late Saturday, Hava Holzhauer, the Anti-Defamation League Florida Regional Director, whose organization has been in close contact with Miami-Dade homicide investigators, said the crime “appears to be a robbery that went badly.”
“Currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism,” said Holzhauer.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” said Holzhauer. “While the motivation for this crime is still being investigated, nothing can justify the killing of an innocent man walking to his place of worship to pray on his holy day.”
Miami-Dade police have not commented on whether the shooting was connected to a robbery attempt on Raksin.
Yona Lunger, a local Jewish community activist and member of the Shmira Patrol — a neighborhood watch group — confirmed to the Miami Herald late Saturday that Raksin was an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was in South Florida to visit his granddaughter and other relatives.
Read more here: miamiherald.com
Well this is terrible news. My daughter lives in this neighborhood. She said her husband has been considering buying a gun as many members of their congregation carry. He has been resistant to the idea because he is from the UK.
“At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez in a statement.
It was a Saturday. Jews don’t carry money on Saturday. Yes it for damn certain was a hate crime—the feds take this very, very seriously.
That break in I had 4 years ago? That was classified as a hate crime when it was prosecuted apparently the perp was targeting Jewish homes because he thought “Jews have money” or whatever. They took our TV but did not steal the Sabbath silverware, and the robbery was done on a Tuesday but I got a letter from the Justice Department that this was classified as a hate crime in addition to regular robbery.
UPDATE: This happened 2 blocks from where my daughter lives. My son (also in Miami) is urging her and her husband to attend the “gun safety” course that my daughter-in-law attends.
My son is already trained in firearms from his service in the IDF.
Thoughtless stupid bigot. Doesn’t support gay marriage? Well, fine, but the guy is dead. Dead people don’t have marriages and they don’t have lifestyles to be attacked and disapproved. A funeral for the sake of his parents would not hurt anything, but their grief and well being is tossed aside for the sake of dogmatic conformity. Such is the politics of hate.
A pastor at a church in Tampa called off the funeral of 42-year-old Julius Evans less than 24 hours after learning Evans was gay, wfla.com reports.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa initially said yes to hosting the man’s funeral, but revoked the invitation after a newspaper obituary listed Kendall Capers as Evans’ husband.
Evans’ family attends the church and wanted the funeral to be held there, Evans’ mother told WFLA.
T.W. Jenkins, the pastor of the church, told WFLA that New Hope doesn’t support gay marriage.
You might recall back in 2011, Florida passed a law that Doctors couldn’t ask patients about gun ownership or talk to them about gun safety. The legislature in Tallahassee felt these questions were not related to medical practice. (Because, as we all know nobody has ever had to go the the Hospital because of a firearms injury).
In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state Legislature had the right to pass the law, which includes provisions restricting doctors and other medical providers from asking questions about gun ownership during medical visits.
These are the same people who reject the ACA on the grounds it supposedly places government between a patient and their physician.
Judge Gerald Tjoflat wrote. “In keeping with these traditional codes of conduct — which almost universally mandate respect for patient privacy — the Act simply acknowledges that the practice of good medicine does not require interrogation about irrelevant, private matters.”
Yeah, you know how it is with those pesky doctors. Always asking about what you eat, if you exercise, if you have trouble sleeping…whats up with that?
In a sharp dissent significantly longer than the majority opinion, Circuit Judge Charles Wilson said the law was an unconstitutional “gag order” that infringes on doctors’ rights.
“The holding reached today is unprecedented, as it essentially says that all licensed professionals have no First Amendment rights when they are speaking to their clients or patients in private,” Wilson said. “This in turn says that patients have no First Amendment right to receive information from licensed professionals — a frightening prospect.”
First amendment? Doesn’t he know only the Second Amendment counts in Florida.
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities are searching for the vandals who spray painted anti-Semitic messages on a South Florida synagogue.
Residents who voluntarily patrol the area discovered swastikas and the word, “Hamas” spray painted in red on columns on the Congregation Torah V’Emunah at 1000 NE 175th St, early Monday morning.
“I saw this and then I stopped and I said, ‘Wait a minute. What am I seeing here?’ and then I backed up again and I looked again and I immediately sent a text to the two supervisors,” said resident and neighborhood watchman Yona Lunger.
Residents are now trying to figure out who would want to desecrate their place of worship. “Absolute hate and why are you doing this, what have we done to you? We want to live at peace over here, we’re not fighting with you, we want to get along,” said Lunger. “We don’t go to any mosques, we don’t go spraying, anything like that. All we want to do is get along.”
Some residents are even concerned about their safety.
“I mean honestly it makes you question if it’s safe to walk around, wearing your yamaka, like how safe you really are in America,” said neighbor Josh Rosenberg.
Pictures of the defaced columns were posted on Facebook and many people around the world are reacting. “It’s like disgusting,” said Yossi Rosenberg.
The vandalism has since been removed.
This incident comes a day after a Miami Beach family’s vehicles were egged and defaced with the words, “Jew” and “Hamas” smeared on the windshields.
This is a few blocks from where my youngest daughter lives.